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Wed, 23 August | 6:30PM

Alison McGhee Pablo and BirdyCelebrate the release of Minnesota author Alison McGhee's latest middle grade novel, Pablo and Birdy at Red Balloon! More details coming soon....






Sun, 27 August | 10:30AM

People Gathering Saint Paul Farmers' Market StorytimeCelebrate your local growers and the beginning of harvest season with a Red Balloon Family Storytime at the St. Paul Farmers' Market!  Miss Angela will be at the Sunday market with books, songs, and rhymes about food and farmers. Stop by for a story ̶ all are welcome!





Sat, 9 September | 2:00PM

Q & Ray Trisha and Steve ShaskanThe famous Mola Lisa is missing! Celebrate the release of Q& Ray Case #1 The Missing Mola Lisa, the first in a series from Minneapolis authors Trisha Speed Shaskan and Stephen Shaskan. Trisha and Steve will tell us all about the famous elementary school sleuths Q the Hedgehog and Ray the Rat, who star in this graphic...

Sun, 10 September | 3:00PM

Michael Hall Little iJoin Minneapolis author and illustrator Michael Hall for an alphabetical adventure through an island of punctuation in his latest book, Little i. When Little i’s dot falls off and rolls away, Little i leaves the alphabet and sets out on a journey to find it. Enjoy a school-aged storytime and presentation with Michael, book signing and themed activities.




Take a look at a few new books we love
Click on "Staff Favorites" above to see a longer list

Picture Books

I loved this sweet little story, a first chapter book. Nicky's Uncle Everton brings her a puppy and surprise!--her parents are open to the idea. Barkus follows Nicky to school and surprise!--her teacher welcomes him as part of the class. Barkus's birthday comes along and surprise!--Nicky's family welcomes all his friends for a glorious celebration. And so it goes. At the end there is a tent sleepover and Nicky retells the tale of how Barkus came to be hers as a camp-out story. First book in a series. Wonderful! -- Susan (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

A story of three kids, each from a different time period and a different country, but each one on a journey with their families seeking refuge. Josef is escaping 1930s Germany, Isabel is leaving 1994 Cuba, and Mahmoud is fleeing 2015 Syria. Each story is historically accurate, fascinating, and heart-breaking. As you turn the pages, you will find yourself crying for these kids and their tragic losses but also rooting for them and their incredible resilience. Your eyes will open to the emotional, tumultuous path that many families take in trying to find safety and security. An engaging and important read for both kids and adults. -- Holly (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

Billie McCaffrey lives in a rural southern town. She is the daughter of a preacher. She is also a tomboy. Most of her time is spent with her close group of friends, cleverly named "the Hexagon." She's been in love with her friend Woods for years, but her best friend Janie Lee is in love with him, too. Billie might also be in love with Janie Lee. Oh, and it's possible that she also has a crush on their new friend Davey, who is probably gay. She's got a lot going on in her head, and she begins a journey of self-discovery when she and her friends decide to save their town's harvest festival. Billie tries her best to balance her faith and her friends, but when sexuality and gender identity come into play, everything flips and she must find a way to keep herself from falling. -- Kelsie (RBB Staff)


A gorgeously detailed historical fantasy novel that spans England, China, and Peru. The year is 1859, and Merrick Tremayne is enlisted by his former employers, the East India Trading Company, to smuggle ingredients for a crucial malaria treatment past the monopoly holders in Peru. Along the way, his story slips into fantasy like sliding into warm water--statues that are alive in legend, a priest who looks young but might not be. And though Merrick begins his trip loyal only to the Company, his loyalties shift the longer he's in Peru. Richly described and quietly romantic, this book is an absorbing and beautiful read.  -- Lily (RBB Staff)

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