My Account
Sat, 17 November | 10:30AM

THE MUKLUK BALL Storytime with Katharine Johnson & Alicia Schwab


Bundle up and head to Red Balloon in St. Paul to celebrate the release of The Mukluk Ball at a special, Saturday storytime with author Katharine Johnson and illustrator Alicia Schwab.  In this charming winter story, Karhu the bear needs a pair of mukluks and a few dance lessons before he...

Sun, 18 November | 3:00PM

Spanish StorytimeCome to Red Balloon for a special Spanish Storytime, brought to you by Language Sprout Learning Centers! Sing songs, say rhymes, and hear stories, all performed en Español!  Ven, te esperamos! (Recommended for ages birth-3)

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

Fri, 23 November | 2:00PM to 4:00PM

Deck the Halls Workshop


Does your school-free Friday need more glitter, crayons, crafts, and shiny stickers? Kids 3*-12 are invited to get holiday-ready with their favorite booksellers this Black Friday afternoon at Red Balloon Bookshop's first-ever Deck the Halls Holiday Workshop!  What does this mean for parents and guardians?  It means that for a limited time, Real Live Grown-Ups...

Sat, 24 November | 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Indies First

Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul hopes you'll think of Indies First while you're out shopping this Small Business Saturday, because we're planning all sorts of special fun!  Stop by the Author Advice Booth to meet some of our fantastic local authors, and pick up the first clue in our Bookstore Scavenger Hunt. Check back soon for the list and...

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

Picture Books

Herrera remembers moments from his early life, and invites his readers to imagine what similar moments in their lives might lead to. Gorgeous, lush illustrations move us to dream about the possibilities in our own lives, as the child grows into the perhaps surprising accomplishments of his adult life. A beautiful gift for a child or an adult!  — Joan (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

A very fun graphic novel about space, mad scientists, and friendship! Perfect for fans of Catstronauts or Zita the Spacegirl . Plus it includes a fabulously diverse cast, a mutant three-headed kitten, and a few space smugglers. What more do you want?  — Lily (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

Golden "Go" Jennings is one of four survivors from a tragic bus explosion in New York City. Her boyfriend, Chan, is one of the other survivors. Ever since the explosion, a man has been working to create an art exhibition of the remains to honor the dozens of lives lost. When it is announced that the exhibition will open to the public and that a scholarship fund has been created for the survivors, Go decides its time to return to NYC. But how can she leave her small town when she (basically) just got engaged? It will take 2 other survivors, a new friend, a few cars, and a whole lot of courage to get Go back to New York in time for the opening.   — Kelsie (RBB Staff)


There's plenty to love and keep you guessing in the latest installment of the Inspector Gamache series from Louise Penny. Gamache is still suspended and under investigation for letting a huge volume of opiods slip through his hands when he's named executor of a stranger's will, a huge blizzard descends, and a body turns up. Because why have one ticking clock, when you can have a three AND a blizzard?! A great detective thriller with a hearty dose of loveable village characters thrown in— this is a perfect winter read for new and established fans of the series!  — Angela (RBB Staff)

Stay up-to-date on all that’s happening at Red Balloon

Sign up for our email list to receive our monthly newsletter and our event updates

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and follow us on Pintrest