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Sat, 6 January | 5:00PM

Eliot Schrefer, THE LOST RAINFORESTStart your year off right: with an author event and a new book! Stop by Red Balloon Bookshop before dinner to celebrate the release of The Lost Rainforest: Mez's Magic, the first in a new seires from bestelling author Eliot Schrefer. Full of animals, magic, and adventure,...

Sat, 13 January | 10:30AM

Here there be dragons -- and unicorns and goblins and monsters! Run, jump, crawl, and fly down to Red Balloon in St. Paul for a special Magical Creature Storytime. We'll read books, sing songs, and say rhymes that have to do with the wondrous, monstrous, magical, and strange. Following storytime you can make your own monster mask...

Tue, 16 January | 6:30PM

Dog Man Supa-Epic PartyCalling all fans of Dog Man and Captain Underpants: It's time for a SUPA - EPIC party at Red Balloon Bookshop! We're celebrating the release of Dog Man and Cat Kid along with everything else Dav Pilkey*. Make your own comics, color Captain Underpants, take a selfie with Dogman, test out...

Sat, 20 January | 2:00PM

Shelley Tougas and Rebecca Fjelland DavisIt's a mid-afternoon double header with local authors Shelley Tougas and Rebecca Fjelland Davis! Join the authors for a celebration of their new books, Laura Ingalls is Ruining My Life and Slider's Son.  Whether you're looking for a real life story about getting through middle school in spite of...

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Picture Books

 I absolutely love this book about how kids all over the world celebrate Santa with special holiday treats! Who knew that Indonesians leave pineapple-filled cookies for Sinterklaas, or that kids in the UK leave mince pies and milk (or Guinness) for Father Christmas?! The colorful illustrations positively sparkle--and I love that families can follow the recipes to make their own sweets for Santa. I want to bake some cookies NOW!   — Barb (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

When Odo stumbles upon an enchanted sword in the bottom of the lake, it immediately knights him, even though his best friend Eleanor is the one who's always wanted to be a knight. But the sword insists that it can't change allegiances and that Odo--now Sir Odo--is destined to be a true knight. And that means going on a quest. Along the way the three travelers meet all sorts--from brigands to dragons--and discover that being a knight might be about more than just tourneys and single combat. Smart, funny, and an absorbing read.    — Lily (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

The spare verse is perfectly suited to the setting and the visceral emotions of the story. This was intense and fantastic and you should read it right now.     — Angela (RBB Staff)


We all have secrets. It's in the telling of our secrets that we become more aware of who we are. This brilliantly told story of Clara and her mother Tamar has us frustrated with the hidden past that Clara is trying to uncover. Why did Tamar send Clara away? The answer is eventually revealed, and we realize to what extent a mother will go for the love of her child. A Kleenex, or two, will be necessary to have on hand while reading this wonderful novel by Alison McGhee. — Julie (RBB Staff)

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