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Sun, 19 February | 2:00PM

Language Sprout Learning Center

Come to Red Balloon for a special Sunday edition of Spanish Storytime, brought to you by Language Sprout Learning Centers! Sing songs, say rhymes, and hear stories, all performed en Español! Enjoy a themed craft to complete the fun. Ven, te esperamos! (Recommended for ages birth-3)

Since 2003, the Language Sprout Learning Center has partnered with children,...

Wed, 22 February | 6:30PM

People Gathering March Book OneThis February at Red Balloon, we’re talking about courage and what it means for our kids, our communities, and ourselves. To further the conversation, we invite you to an all-ages book discussion focused on the graphic novel series, March, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.  This trilogy of excellent, readable, award-winning graphic novels tells the story of John Lewis’s involvement in the American Civil...

Sat, 4 March | 9:30AM

Read across AmericaThe Cat in the Hat is back in St. Paul! In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, you are invited to an extra-special Seussy storytime with everyone’s favorite feline troublemaker, the Cat in the Hat. Our storytellers are working hard with the Cat to plan all sorts of stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and games guaranteed to entertain you when your mother is out.  Space is limited - reserve your Cat Pass today!


Sat, 4 March | 10:00AM to 11:00AM

Read across America

If you couldn’t make it to storytime, there’s one more chance to see the Cat in the Hat at Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul. The Cat will be lounging downstairs in the party room between 10 and 11am and would love to say hello to you! Guests will be allowed to meet and take a photo with the Cat on a first come, first served basis until his departure.

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

I love everything about this book! The illustrations are beautiful and the rhythm of the simple words is spot-on. The backmatter includes facts about the water cycle that will appeal to older readers and the fabulous sounds of the words will make it a great addition to storytime. A wonderful new read aloud.-- Angela (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

I have chills from reading this. Kwame's rules for success make me want to go out and do something with my life! In The Playbook, he presents rules for kids to follow to achieve success. Each rule is written as a poem, and accompanied by quotes from famous athletes. Although this has a basketball theme, and all of the quotes are from athletes, it is definitely for all aspects of life. My favorite part of reading this is learning a bit more of Kwame's life, and how he hasn't always been successful. It is perseverance that has gotten him to where he is now. -- Julie (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

Scarlett has been looking for a way to escape her horrible father for years. Finally, one night, she receives two tickets to a mysterious interactive game. But will she be able to tell the difference between real life and the game? I really enjoyed this book. The plot kept you guessing at every turn. It was such a fun and complicated read. It was described as a combination of The Hunger Games and Alice In Wonderland, which describes it perfectly. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspenseful book or fans of Alice-- Claire W. (Teen Book Club)


A pleasantly slow-paced and contemplative novel, this book is a long walk through the end of a year, through a city, and through a life. Based in part on the real life story of advertiser and poet Margaret Fishback, this book lives in a nostalgic 1980s New York City. As our protagonist, Lillian Boxfish, thinks about her past relationships, jobs, and poetry, she takes a long walk through both her present-day Manhattan and the one she remembers. An intelligent blanket-and-tea or lazy-breakfast kind of read.-- Lily (RBB Staff)

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