Book Clubs For Children

20160202_133712Charlie 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 Ruth to discuss that month’s chosen book. Book selection is decided upon by popular vote based on suggestions from both members and Ruth. 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 Evening Group: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransom

Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 10th, 4:30-5:30pm

Thursday Evening Group: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Next Meeting: Thursday, January 12th, 4:30-5:30pm


Books We Have Read:

book clubbsThe 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 Ruth here or ask for her in the store where you will most likely find her in the kids’ section.




A Bit About Ruth:20160526_172921

Ruth graduated with a joint BA majoring in English and History from UCD in 2013 and later completed her MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama in 2014. In her thesis topic, Irish Children’s Historical Fiction and its Impact on National Identity, she combined an exploration into her joint love of children’s literature and historical fiction. Ruth interned with Children’s Books Ireland, the Irish National children’s books organisation who aim to promote Irish children’s literature and reading among children. Ruth regularly reviews for the Inis a magazine focusing on reviewing children’s literature and contributed to the Children’s Books Ireland Reading Guide and website content for their member’s section. Ruth began work in Charlie Byrne’s in March of 2015 and has been enjoying the variety of her role in what is, in her opinion, the best section of the shop.