Author aims to convert kids to rugby reading

Author Tom Palmer at The Shay Stadium, Halifax, with What's a Bear to Wear, the first of three Try Reading children's books for the rugby league world cup.
Author Tom Palmer at The Shay Stadium, Halifax, with What's a Bear to Wear, the first of three Try Reading children's books for the rugby league world cup.
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An author is hoping his new series of rugby league themed books will encourage youngsters to try reading ahead of the world cup later this year.

Tom Palmer, of Todmorden, has been commissioned to write three books as part of the Try Reading campaign, a new project for public libraries to celebrate and promote the Rugby League World Cup 2013.

Tom has written the first book titled “What’s a Bear to Wear?”, which tells the story of tournament mascot Grubber as he prepares for the big kick-off. He is now embarking on a tour of libraries and schools around the country promoting the book and running workshops with children and their families.

“I get to meet a lot of people who read the book and it’s great to get their feedback,” he said.

“It’s not just writing books in an ivory tower or a Todmorden terrace, it’s getting out there and meeting the people.

“I really enjoy that aspect of it.”

When the world cup kicks off in October, he will be there to soak up the action.

“I’ll be going to a lot of games and meeting families and children, which is a great way to spread the word,” he said.