Book Clubs For Children

Book Club kids

Charlie Byrne’s currently offers two Book Clubs for children aged 9-11 years on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Our members meet once a month,  with our children’s section manager Mary to discuss that month’s chosen book. Book selection is decided upon by popular vote based on suggestions from both members and Mary. Our book clubs are free of charge, however members must buy their books every month, but they will receive a 10% discount on that month’s book.

The aim of this book club is to promote and nurture reading for pleasure among children, as well as helping with their creative and critical thinking in a fun and social way. This is the perfect way for kids to share their ideas, opinions and different tastes while improving their confidence through reading.


What We Are Currently Reading:

Tuesday 9 -11 years Group:

bad-dad secret-horses

Bad Dad by David Walliams, with an alternative selection of The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd

Next Meeting: There will be no January meeting. Next meeting will take place on Tuesday , 6th February at 4.30 to 5.30 pm


Thursday Evening  9 – 11 years Group:

The book we have chosen is: polar-bear

The Polar Bear Explorers Club by Alex Bell

Next Meeting: There will be no December meeting. Our next meeting will take place on Thursday 25th January at 4.30 -5.30pm


The Tuesday 12 – 15 years Book Club:

The book we have chosen is: pax

Next meeting: Tuesday, 16th January at 4.30- 5.30pm


Books We Have Read:

Ruby Redford: Look into my eyes by Lauren Child

Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J. K. Rowling

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis 

Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake by Rob Lloyd Jones

Perijee and Me by Ross Montgomery

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransom

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Tuesday Evening Group)

The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde (Tuesday Evening Group)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling (Christmas Party Tuesday Evening Group)

Brilliant by Roddy Doyle (Tuesday Evening Group)

Holes by Louis Sacher (Tuesday Evening Group)

Wonder by RJ Palaccio (Tuesday Evening Group)

Jinx by Sage Blackwood (Tuesday Evening Group)

The Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden (Tuesday Evening Group)

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell (Tuesday Evening Group)

The Midnight Gang by David Walliams (Tuesday Evening Group)

Gold! by Geraldine Mills (Both Groups)

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson (Thursday Evening Group)

The Wolves of Willoughby Case by Joan Aiken (Thursday Evening Group)

The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brockett by John Boyne (Thursday Evening Group)

The Book of Learning by E.R. Murray (Thursday Evening Group)

Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng (Thursday Evening Group)

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Thursday Evening Group)

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine (Thursday Evening Group)


For reviews of what we thought of any of the above books check out our blog.

20160503_174040Although we can only offer limited places in our book clubs, we do keep a waiting list of anyone interested in attending. For questions or queries simply contact Mary here or ask for her in the store where you will most likely find her in the kids’ section.




A Bit About Mary:20160526_172921

Mary has been our Children’s section manager since February 2017 after serving as the children’s bookseller in Dubray Galway for 12 years. Having been an enthusiastic reader of children’s books for her entire life, she is also a children’s book reviewer, an artist, a mum, a grandmother, and a number of other things. Mary also keeps a blog about children literature.