Tom Palmer Author

Author Tom Palmer

Age range of audience: KS2 and KS3

Tom Palmer is the author of 51 books for children including three Puffin football series, Football Academy, Foul Play and The Squad. Foul Play was shortlisted for the 2009 Blue Peter Book Award. Armistice Runner, set in Cumbria, has recently won 6 prizes including the national FCBG Children's Book Award. D-Day dog is currently on the shortlist for 10 prizes, including the Cumbria Spellbinding Primary Book Award. His 2020 children's story After the War is about the three hundred child concentration camp survivors who came to Cumbria 75 years ago (who were known as the Windermere Boys).

Tom has promoted literacy for over 20 years, in over 3000 schools and libraries, specialising in motivating boys and girls to enjoy reading. In 2019 Tom was awarded the Ruth Rendell Award for Services to Literacy in schools by the National Literacy Trust. He can offer to primary and secondary schools a mixture of sessions to suit their needs including assemblies, presentations, workshops and online virtual visits focused on writing, Historical Fiction, encouraging reading through his trademark Football Reading Game and Rugby Reading Game or exploring themes in his books like resilience and Fair Trade.

Tom Palmer virtual author visits

Tom Palmer workshops - in person or virtual


Tom Palmer`s books


"Tom is a brilliant author and a very humble man. He listened very carefully to the children's contributions and ideas, and scribbled them all down as fast as he could. The children had lots to say, as this is a very powerful book. It's the story of some of the children who survived the Holocaust and came to Calgarth Estate in Windermere." Jo Goode, Grasmere School

"When Tom Palmer approached me to ask if he could write a book about the Jewish children and their stay in the Lake District, I was immediately taken by his desire to totally immerse himself in the story. We worked with him on this extraordinary book project and he was always full of the same compassion as those who helped the children in their early days of recovery. He was also utterly dedicated to doing the story justice, and I am sure you will see that he has. It is a story from the past, told in the present, with lessons for us all for the future." Trevor Avery, Lake District Holocaust Project

"Guerilla reading motivation at its finest." Jim Sells, National Literacy Trust

"A fabulous, interactive event that had the children clamouring to ask questions on all aspects of being an author and enthusiastically participating. It drew in boys and girls and even had the anti-reading constituent clamouring to buy books at the end. Thoroughly recommended!" Finborough School

Online testimonials:

Trinity School - Football in the Library

Cumbria Crack - Tom Palmer visits Grasmere School

Cumbria Spellbinding Primary Book Award

Get in touch:


Twitter      @tompalmerauthor


Website     Tom Palmer website