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Sat, 23 November | 10:30AM

Happy Birthday Storytime with Angela
Help kick-off the celebration of Red Balloon Bookshop's 35th birthday festivities at Happy Birthday Storytime with Storyteller Angela! We'll share birthday stories, songs, and rhymes at storytime, and...

Sat, 23 November | 4:00PM to 6:00PM

Red Balloon Bookshop's 35th Birthday Bash!
It's Red Balloon Bookshop's 35th Birthday Bash and you're invited! Join us for an evening of excitement including the unveiling of our 35th anniversary poster designed by a local illustrator,...

Sat, 30 November | 11:00AM to 3:00PM

indies firstRed 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! Check back soon to find out which fantastic local authors will be joining us at our Author Advice Booth.


Tue, 3 December | 6:30PM

Santa Storytime & Be an Angel Kick-off


SANTA IS COMING! Join your favorite jolly old elf at Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul for stories from the North Pole and a chance to help Santa Claus select gifts for all the kids on his list! After storytime children are invited to grab a photo...

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

Picture Books

Exquisite illustrations by Kenard Pak bring to life this story of a barn built one hundred years ago in August, 1919 on the North Dakota Prairie. Written by celebrated author Patricia MacLachlan, readers follow the story through the eyes of a five-year-old boy. It speaks of community, hard work made light by many hands, celebration that the barn is built, gratitude for those who came together to build a barn for just one family. The years pass and the barn serves many purposes through the years, not only as a place to shelter animals, but also as a community gathering place. This is a beautiful, sweet story about legacy, putting down roots, and tending to the things that matter to us.  — Susan (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

Red is waiting for her mom to get out of prison so they can be together again, but in the meantime, she's found a new home with the Grooves, who run a petting zoo. As she faces the realities of her mother's situation, Red must also figure out how to control her wind powers, which respond to her emotions. Beautiful story of love and family and the deep things that connect us to one another. — Joan (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

I think the less we talk about this the better. I loved not knowing what was really going on. As Piper goes along learning more about herself, so do we. Growing up in a doomsday cult has Piper preparing for the end of the world. She holds her father in such esteem, he can do no wrong. Unfortunately, as always happens, things go terribly wrong—he is not the man she thought he was. But Piper has been so brainwashed, it takes a long time for her to realize what is really going on. I think both young adults and adults would enjoy this story.   — Julie (RBB Staff)


This creepy, atmospheric collection of short stories is the perfect seasonal read for the dark days of November. Each story is different from the next, the thrills coming one after the other in different horrifying forms. The writing is sharp and clear and there's just enough hope for humanity running through it we wanted to include it in our newsletter. — Angela (RBB Staff)

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