Book Clinics

Are you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop along to the Book Clinic!

Throughout the year CBI brings the Book Clinic around the country, working with many different partners. Parents and children are invited to drop in for an informal consultation with one of Children’s Books Ireland’s friendly panel of Book Doctors, who are ready to offer the best advice for the young readers in your family. The visit begins with a few moments in the waiting room with the Doodle Doctors, working on a Doodle Starter and learning more about drawing as well as enjoying a selection of children’s books. When the Book Doctor is ready to see a patient, the consultation begins with some questions about books the young reader previously enjoyed as well as activities, movies, tv shows and video games they enjoy. This lets the Book Doctor know a little bit more about the patient so she can write a book prescription, which is a personalisted list of books recommended for the individual patient. Every patient and their family leave with a Reading Passport containing  this book prescription to take to the to their local library or bookshop to have it filled! Remember, the Book Clinic is always free or charge!

In 2016 the Book Clinic is undertaking a massive nationwide tour, coming to the Excel Centre in Tipperary, Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo, Belfast Children’s Festival, Siamsa Tire in Tralee, St Patrick’s Big Day out in Merrion Square, the Courtyard Shopping Centre in Letterkenny, Ranfuly House and Visitors Centre in Dungannon, Lismore Towers and Tales Festival, Feile na Bealtaine in Dingle, Riverbank Arts Centre, International Literature Festival Dublin, Bloom in Phoenix Park, Listowel Writers Week, DLR LexIcon, Dalkey Book festival, Hay Kells and the Dublin Book Festival. This year CBI has been kindly funded by the Arts Council and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

To date, CBI has brought the Book Clinic to the Dublin Writer’s Festival, Dublin Book Festival, Powercourt Town House, Riverbank Arts Centre, Culture Box, The National Print Museum, Imaginosity, Farmleigh, Arnotts, IMMA, St Patricks’ Festival, The Ark, Listowel Writers’ Week, Bloom at Phoenix Park, West Cork Literary Festival to name a few. The Book Doctors are keen to bring their love of books to all corners of Ireland, so if you would like to invite the Book Clinic to your town please contact

NO REPRO FEE 18/3/2014 Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Award. Three-year-old Nahla Burke and Children's Books Ireland Book Doctor Kim Harte celebrate the eight books shortlisted for the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Award. The eight shortlisted books are 'The Sleeping Baobab Tree' by Paula Leyden, 'Warp The Reluctant Assassin' by Eoin Colfer, 'Heart Shaped' by Siobhan Parkinson, 'Hagwitch' by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, 'Too Many Ponies' by Sheena Wilkinson, 'Skulduggery Pleasant Last Stand of Dead Men' by Derek Landy, 'Mysterious Traveller' illustrated by P.J. Lynch, 'The Day the Crayons Quit' illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland