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Tue, 22 May | 6:30PM

A Bear Sat on My Porch TodaySummer is right around the corner and we're planning this year's first patio storytime! Join your favorite booksellers and the bears on the patio for an outside, evening storytime celebrating A Bear Sat on My Porch Today, the latest picture book from Jane Yolen. We'...

Sun, 3 June | 11:00AM

Grand Old DayRed Balloon is gearing up for another Grand Old Day - St. Paul's one day festival dedicated to family fun, great music, fair food, and local businesses - and a whole Summer of Reading Without Walls. Keep your eyes peeled for Red Balloon’s entry in Minnesota’s largest summer parade starting at 9:30am. Then...

Sat, 9 June | 3:00PM

Kat Shepherd, Babysitting Nightmares: the Shadow HandBeware the creatures of the Nightmare Realm! Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul invites you to celebrate the release of Babysitting Nightmares: The Shadow Hand, the first book in a thrilling new series from local debut author Kat Shepherd. Full...

Tue, 12 June | 6:30PM

Bubble StorytimeSummer is here and it's time to party on the patio! Join Storyteller Angela at Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul for a special outdoor, evening storytime all about Bubbles. We'll read stories, sing songs, and say rhymes all about bubbles and the shape that makes them. To round the...

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Picture Books

This is a wonderful picture book that will appeal to any child. Everybody wants to know how they got the name they were given. Sometimes it's family history, sometime it's parental preference. But the reasons behind a name provide meaning and context, which can be quite helpful if a child is not quite so keen on her name. In this story Alma's father lovingly explains the reason each of her six names was selected just for her. Endearing .  — Susan (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

Peter & Ernesto are sloths and they are the best of friends. When Ernesto embarks on a journey to see more pieces of the sky, Peter must find the courage to leave the tree and make sure his friend is alright. The bright illustrations inside large, easy to follow panels make this funny and heartwarming graphic novel perfect for even the youngest comics fans.  — Angela (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

What if, during the Civil War, the dead hadn't stayed dead? Into this world bursts Jane McKeene--forced into training to protect white Southerners from the encroaching shambler hoards. All Jane wants is to get back home to her mother, but there's something rotten in Baltimore County--something that might change Jane's entire future. So much more than a zombie story, this book is bold and brilliant and has a kind heart hidden beneath a hard exterior, just like its main character. Required reading for the times we're living in (and for anyone who likes a good story).     — Lily (RBB Staff)


EDUCATED is a powerful story. Raised in rural Idaho, Tara never attended a day of public school. Despite all odds, she took the ACT and even attended Harvard. A fascinating read about hard work, persistence, family, and embracing life's choices. — Emily (RBB Staff)

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