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Mon, 20 August | 6:30PM to 8:00PM

LGBTQYA Book ClubWe're doing summer book clubs this year! 

June is pride month, so this summer we’re going to read three stories about queer teens and written by queer authors. Come hang out with bookseller Lily to discuss a few fabulous books--their representation, their storytelling, the way they made you cry (we’re looking at you, Adam Silvera)! This book...

Wed, 22 August | 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...

Thu, 23 August | 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...

Thu, 30 August | 10:30AM

Call of DoodieAre you ready to answer the Call of Doodie? Local book creators Donald Lemke and Bob Lentz are making a special appearance at Thursday storytime with their new book Call of Doodie, the hilarious action-packed potty training book you didn't know you've...

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

Picture Books

This is the sweetest story about Geraldine who moves to a new school and feels so different from the other students (who are not used to having a giraffe in their classroom!) She eventually meets up with another student, also different in that she organizes her food, likes math, and wears glasses. They develop a mutual admiration, which they then share with the other school children. The book is realistic (not all days are good ones), while providing a positive message and a way for kids to view and handle differences. And the illustrations are delightful! — Susan (RBB Staff)


Middle Grade

The ghosts have returned to Ingot, and it's Rosa's job to appease the ones in the school to make it safe. When a handful of kids, and the principal, have their voices stolen by a water fountain, it's up to Rosa and her friend Jasper (who is also trying to save the town's Renaissance Festival) to figure out why, and how to get them back. Strong writing, great characters, and an underlying thoughtfulness about what it means when we try to erase history. But it's Rosa I love the best, who is undaunted by bullies and ghosts because she has a job to get done.  — Joan (RBB Staff)


Young Adult

Two young brothers, Ebo and Kwame, are determined to leave their desperate living conditions in Ghana and find a better life in Europe. Their journey is filled with unimaginable challenges, but Ebo and Kwame are incredibly resourceful boys. Somehow they never lose the hope that life will get better. This is a page turner that is powerful, eye-opening, and heartbreaking. An important read for both teens and adults. — Holly (RBB Staff)


I had so much fun spending time with the Grant family. Told over one weekend, everything goes wrong for one of the Grant children's wedding. However, Charlie and the Grant family, with the help of a uncle and nephew event planning business, and others passing through, handle all of the chaos with hilarity. This is a heartwarming story about a large family who all gather for a weekend that will leave you wishing you were a member of the Grant family! — Shannon S. (Teens Read Book Club)


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