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01/29/2022 - 11:00am

Calling all dinosaur and fossil lovers! Join Cheryl Blackford and your friends at Red Balloon Bookshop as we celebrate the release of Cheryl's illustrated biographical novel for young readers, Fossil Hunter: How Mary Anning Changed the Science of Prehistoric Life! Cheryl will dig into the life of Mary Anning, one of the most influential...

02/01/2022 - 7:00pm

Tick...Tick...Tick... It's time to celebrate Minnesota author Brian Farrey's latest release, The Counterclockwise Heart with your friends at Red Balloon Bookshop!

A series of ominous events spell doom for the Empire of Rheinvelt. A young prince has a clock for a heart, and it's started to...

02/16/2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Celebrate the releases of Lisa Riddiough's Letters to Live By, Jonathan Hillman's Big Wig, and Eija Sumner's Crocodile Hungry with Red Balloon Bookshop and special guest author Aimee Lucido! This picture book trifecta features...

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

Violet is very shy, and she’s especially shy around Mira, whom she absolutely adores. When Violet has an idea about how to show Mira how she feels, she’s soon paralyzed by doubt and insecurity. But Violet finds the courage to show her feelings and the results are magical. A sweet story with lovely watercolor illustrations that will warm your heart, even on the coldest and snowiest of days. — Holly

Middle Grade

This illustrated first chapter series is great for animal lovers, reluctant readers, and anyone who appreciates a good owl pun. The latest installment includes a pet fashion show, nocturnal animal facts, and discussion questions! -— Elizabeth

Young Adult

Is this a novel-in-verse, a literary/art performance piece, or a work of social commentary? In a word, YES! Reynolds has put down on paper the pain and frustration he felt as a person in COVID lockdown, watching people die by violence, while others died from the virus (his father included). Griffin's artwork is equally raw and edgy—it has the feel of a ransom note. — Barb


When Bennie’s dad dies, his mom copes by alternately shopping and trying to clear her house of stuff. He’s trying to cope with the voices of the things around him: the scissors, the window, the refrigerator; everything. He meets a young woman and an old man who help him cope…or are they enabling mental illness? The question "what is real" floats through the story, which also questions our relationship to the things around us— especially to the books we love and rely on. All of this is narrated by the book, which is telling Bennie’s story, and never hesitates to comment on book culture or the world of things. Inventive and thoughtful, this is an amazing read.  — Joan