Ruth Concannon

Ruth Concannon has always lived dangerously at risk of being squashed under the books in her ever growing to-be-read pile which has now grown taller than she has!

In the past, Ruth has interned at the brilliant Children’s Books Ireland, where she still moonlights as a Book Doctor and reviewer, before spending two years in charge of the magical chaos of the children’s section at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop in Galway.

Ruth can often be spotted carrying several bags of books and other ephemera as she runs between primary schools in the North East inner city of Dublin where she works as a Reader in Residence for Dublin City Libraries and Dublin UNESCO. This programme seeks to promote reading for pleasure and the use of the library among primary school children. As a Reader, Ruth has the best job in the world and spends her time sharing her favourite stories with the very best groups of children in order to encourage them to love books as much as she does!

Ruth is also currently undertaking a part-time MA at DCU St. Patrick’s College in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and hopes to complete her thesis based on imagology and coming of age in Young Adult literature.


Childhood Classic

My favourite modern classic will always be Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The Harry Potter series will always have a special place in my heart as it opened a portal to an imaginary escapist world and enriched my love of reading from that moment on. No matter how many times I read Harry Potter – and I tend to re-read it every Christmas, it never loses its magic or the familiar sense of comfort and warmth, you can’t ask for much more from a book!


Top Five Favourite Children’s Books:

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


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