Book Clinics

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Inspiring young readers with personalised recommendations at pop-up events throughout Ireland.

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. 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 personalised 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 their local library or bookshop to have it filled! Remember, the Book Clinic is always free of charge! Please note that although we endeavour to operate each clinic on a drop-in basis, a waiting list may operate during busy periods on a first come first served basis.

Meet the Book Clinic Team.

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.

Watch the Book Clinic in action here!

Our Book Clinics have moved online during COVID-19. To find out about upcoming clinics head to our Events Page by clicking here.

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


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