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Sat, 29 April | 10:00AM to 6:00PM

Independent Bookstore Day Red Balloon BookshopThe most wonderful time of year is back again - Independent Bookstore Day!!!  Celebrate with us during a fun-filled day of bookish pleasures including, but not limited to, books, launch parties, scavenger hunts, and prizes! Come in for a birthday present, your next favorite read, or exclusive merchandise and you might find yourself caught up...

Sat, 29 April | 4:00PM

Joseph Kuefler Rulers of the PlaygroundMinnesota author and illustrator Joseph Kuefler returns to Red Balloon this Independent Bookstore Day to celebrate the release of his second picture book, Rulers of the Playground.  All is fun and games until King Jonah decides he should be ruler of the playground... and so does Queen Lennox! Find out more about the politics of the playground when...

Thu, 4 May | 6:30PM

May the Fourth be with you at Red BalloonMAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU. Today is Star Wars Day and we’re having a party! Jedi, Sith, Rebels, diplomats, and other noncombatants (and their drivers) are all invited. Choose the winner of our Dark Side/Light Side Read-Aloud Contest, craft your own low-tech, Padawan-friendly light sabers, try your luck in the Star Wars scavenger hunt...

Sat, 6 May | 10:30AM

Peter Rabbit Storytime at Red BalloonPeter Rabbit is coming to St. Paul!  In honor of Children’s Book Week, we’re having a special Beatrix Potter storytime complete with books, rhymes, and animal-themed crafts. Best of all, our good friend Peter Rabbit is coming all the way from England to visit with us! After storytime, you’ll have a chance to meet Peter and get your photo with one...

Take a look at a few new books we love
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Picture Books

Niko finds inspiration all around him and likes to draw what he is experiencing and feeling--the hard work of a robin building her nest, or the warmth the of the sun on his face. But when he shows his artwork to friends and family, no one understands or even appreciates his creativity. Until he meets Iris. A thoughtful and touching  story about creative expression and the beauty of finding a kindred spirit. -- Holly (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

Cats! Space! Sandwiches! In this delightful graphic novel, the four top catstronauts are sent on a brand new moon mission to build a solar power station that will fix earth's energy crisis. They train, they snack, they travel through space! Silly feline science is mixed with actual facts about the space program and its history, including a cameo by cat Neil Armstrong! Perfect for younger graphic novel fans or for anyone who loves space. -- Lily (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

Beautifully written, vividly imagined, ruthless, hopeful--Strange the Dreamer is everything I wanted it to be. This is a tale of magic, monsters, love, hate, vengeance, secrets, and imagination, just to name a few themes. Laini Taylor has done something brilliant here, not the least of which is the amazing plotting maneuver that makes this 530-pager perfectly readable. -- Angela (RBB Staff)


OMG! If this is "dieting", then sign me up! I want to cook the delectable Fiesta BBQ Chicken Nachos for my dude (who would eat pizza and ice cream at every meal if he could). I love that the recipes seem doable and actually are better for you than most "guilty pleasures" out there. What a great way to eat healthier while pretending to sin! -- Barb (RBB Staff)

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