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08/04/2021 - 6:30pm


Join Red Balloon Bookshop and St. Paul author Benjamin Klas on Zoom for a virtual launch party in honor of Everything Together, the latest book in the Second Dad Summer series! Benjamin will tell us all about his new book and take questions from the audience as time allows

To Attend: Use the link below to...

08/08/2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Paws on Grand
Grand Avenue's going to the dogs this Sunday for Paws on Grand, the annual neighborhood celebration of our favorite furry friends. Stop by the store with your dog (or extremely brave cat) for treats and pets, plus a button for the humans (while supplies last).

Plus, the folks from Ruff Start Rescue will be on our patio and if were lucky, they will be able to bring a few ...

08/12/2021 - 7:30pm

Tehlor Kay Mejia, Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares

Join your friends at Red Balloon Bookshop on Zoom for a virtual visit with Rick Riordan Presents author Tehlor Kay Mejia who will tell us all about her latest book Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares! We'll chat with Tehlor about legends, adventure, scary stories and more and take...

08/14/2021 - 10:30am

Red Balloon Storybook Theatre: A VISITOR FOR BEAR

Bring a beach blanket or towel to sit on and join us for theatre in the park(ing lot)!

After its inaugural production in March 2020 (Robert Munsch's The Paper Bag Princess), Red Balloon Storybook Theatre...

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

Picture Books

This beautifully illustrated book is a celebration of the people, animals, and plants that call the Peruvian Amazon rainforest home, and a great story to share with any young animal lover. Zonia explores the forest, greeting a new animal friend on nearly every page and discovering that the forest needs her help. The book also includes fantastic backmatter with the species names of all of Zonia's animal friends, information about the rainforest, and a translation of the story into Asháninka, the language of Zonia's people. — Angela (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

In this very sweet, often funny, and sometimes heartbreaking story, ten-year old Gabrielle has just moved to Brooklyn from Haiti and so desperately wants to fit in. When she meets a witch who promises to grant her three wishes, Gabrielle sees this as the way to make her new life easier and better. Or will it? Filled with elements of magic, wonderful glimpses into Haitian culture, and delightful characters, this story of immigration and identity will give readers much to think about and much to enjoy. — Holly (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

For new kids Jack and Jules, starting at a new school is the least of their worries. Jack is new to LA and still reeling from the loss of his best friend—she's not dead, just gone, and the only one who was there with him from the start of his transition. And Jules is struggling to fit in with his friends from the past, while also maintaining his strict mother's high expectations. After multiple chance encounters, Jack and Jules find that while they don't have much in common, they get along super well, despite the fact that their mutual interests, friends, family, distance, and internal struggles threaten to keep them apart. This is a character-driven coming of age story with a lot of heart. Great for fans of Adam Silvera and Tobly McSmith. TW: transphobia, homophobia. — Kelsie (RBB Staff)


A fabulously funny and sugar-sweet Great British Baking Show-inspired romcom from the author of the wonderful Boyfriend Material! When single mum Rosaline Palmer wins a spot on a baking competition show, it feels like this might be her once chance to figure out her life—get out of her unfulfilling job, stop relying on her uptight, conservative parents for financial assistance—but only if she can win the ten thousand dollar first prize. Distractions in the form of charming guys are NOT part of the recipe for success, but with two very different men showing interest, Rosaline will have to figure out where (and if) romance plays a part in her dreamed-of future. — Lily (RBB Staff)

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