Book Clubs For Children

Charlie Byrne’s currently offers two Book Clubs for children aged 9-11 years and teenagers from 12 to 15 years on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. Our members meet once a month,  with our children’s section manager Michaela to discuss that month’s chosen book. Book selection is decided upon by popular vote based on suggestions from both members and Michaela. 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’re Currently Reading:

Explorers on Witch MountainShrunken Head

Book Club for 9 to 11 year olds

What we’re readingCuriosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver, HC Chester

Next Meeting: Thursday February 28th , 2019, 4.30pm to 5.30pm


Explorers on Witch Mountain

Book Club for 12 to 15 year olds

What we’re reading: Explorers on Witch Mountain, by Alex Bell.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 19th, 2019, 4.30pm – 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.



Although 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 Michaela here or ask for her in the store where you will most likely find her in the kids’ section.

A Bit About Michaela:


(L – R Michaela McDermott & Ruth Concannon)

Michaela is our Children’s section manager. She received her BA in English and Social Policy, as well as her MA in Literature and Publishing from NUIG and has keen interests in literary fiction, mythology, sci fi and children’s literature. Michaela’s favourite books include (but are not limited to) The Little Prince, Slaughter House Five, The Master and Margarita and absolutely anything by Tolkien.