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Tue, 9 July | 6:30PM

Tracy Nelson Maurer, SAMUEL MORSE, THAT'S WHO!

Join Minnesota author Tracy Nelson Maurer at Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul for a celebration of her new, nonfiction picture book, Samuel Morse, That's Who!More details coming soon!

Tracy Nelson Maurer is the...

Thu, 11 July | 10:30AM


Author/illustrator and all around hilarious guy Bob Shea is coming to Thursday storytime at Red Balloon Bookshop with his new book, Unicorn Is Maybe Not so Great After All! Join the author along with Storyteller Angela for a celebration of Bob's books along with some of our favorite storytime rhymes, and a unicorn-themed activity. Following storytime Bob will...

Sat, 13 July | 6:30PM

Peter Pearson, HOW TO WALK A DUMP TRUCK, and Barbara Carroll Roberts, NIKKI ON THE LINERed Balloon Bookshop invites you to celebrate the release of Minneapolis author Peter Pearson's newest picture book, How to Walk a Dump Truck...surrounded by actual dump trucks! We're headed out to the Frattalone Construction Center in Little Canada where Peter will be joined by debut middle grade author (and...

Wed, 17 July | 10:30AM

Patio Piano Storytime

Grab your blankets, sunhats, and strollers because it's time for Patio Piano Storytime at Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul! Join Storyteller Angela, guest pianist Lillie, and all your storytime friends for an extra-musical, extra-fun, outdoor edition of storytime. We'll read, sing, and rhyme around our amazing patio piano, which has been furnished by Keys 4/4 Kids and decorated by...

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

This is an important book about Margaret Wise Brown. It's so well done, hitting just the right notes, distilling the meaning of her life and her writing so that both children and adults can understand, simply, the purpose of her life and the impact of her stories. Along the way we learn about the infamous Anne Carroll Moore, who ruled the Children's Room at the NY Public Library. It was Ms. Moore who rejected Ms. Brown's books and stamped them "Not recommended for purchase by expert." Despite that censor, Margaret Wise Brown's many books (over 100) have lived and thrived on through the last six decades providing joy and comfort and sparking the imagination of millions of readers. That is important. — Susan (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

What a fun, delicious read! Mimi bakes scrumptious goodies to express her heart. But is she good enough to win the While Away baking prize--an opportunity to work with her favorite chef? And can she figure out why her family is acting so strangely? — Joan (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

For Maia, Summer means working at her crappy job, dealing with her divorced-but-still-live-together parents, and trying to reconnect with the memory of her older sister, Mallory, who passed away unexpectedly. But then Chris shows up, moves in next door, and makes her fall in love with him. Or at least, that's how it seems. Chris is staying with his aunt for the Summer because living in a small town for a few months is definitely easier than facing his parents who can't seem to fully accept the fact that he is transgender. Pulled together by more than just proximity, Chris and Maia have a summer full of love, laughs, and secrets, some of which change their lives in unexpected ways.This is a heartfelt, tender novel that touches on some difficult topics while also exploring the joy and uncertainty that comes with first love.  — Kelsie (RBB Staff)


Blake Crouch is AMAZING! Another book about time and how it's just a construct and really are we living in the past, present and future at the same time? This is blow-your-mind science and fiction all meshed together. How would the world use the gift of memories? Would we manipulate them? Of course we would! This story is thrilling, disturbing, amazing! — Julie (RBB Staff)

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