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Tue, 19 February | 6:30PM

Susan Dennard, Bloodwitch & Kristen Simmons, The Deceivers


Politics, magic, con artists, and romance collide at Red Balloon Bookshop when Susan Dennard and Kristen Simmons stop by on the same night! Join the authors of Bloodwitch and The Deceivers for a conversation about writing, stories, witches, heists...

Wed, 20 February | 10:30AM



Get ready for an out of this world, storytime adventure with author/illustrator Stephen Savage and The Babysitter from Another Planet! When mom and dad leave for the night, two kids will encounter a sitter like they've never seen before - an alien from outer space! Stephen will join us at Wednesday storytime this week to share his...

Sat, 23 February | 10:30AM

Derek Anderson, WHAT ABOUT HARRY?Bring your friends to Red Balloon Bookshop to meet Minnesota author/illustrator Derek Anderson and his new book, What About Harry?, at a special Saturday storytime! Best bear friends Harry and Sam do everything together, which leads to a little competition. Join Derek for storytime and a live drawing demo,...

Sat, 2 March | 9:30AM

Cat in the hat Super Seussy Storytime

The Cat in the Hat is back in St. Paul! In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, you are invited to an extra-special Seussy storytime with everyone’s favorite feline troublemaker, the Cat in the Hat. Our storytellers are working hard with the Cat to plan all sorts of stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and games guaranteed to entertain you when your mother is out....

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

The chickens aren't only scratching for bugs in the dirt, they are leaving messages! The children on the farm tell us all about the chickens and what they have to say. I especially love that all of the white chickens are called Joyce because Abbey's mother Joyce loves white chickens. This is a sweet story filled with chicken antics sending the message to the kids on the farm that they are loved.  — Julie (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

Iris has always defined herself by how she's different from her twin sister, Lark. Lark is bursting with imagination, and Iris is the one who anchors her sister back to the real world. But when the two girls are assigned different teachers for the first time, Iris is lost—what's an anchor without the thing it anchors? How can she protect her sister if people won't let them stay together? In a world that seems to be falling to pieces—where things keep disappearing and her bond with her sister might shatter—Iris fights to figure out who she wants to be and who she can count on to fight at her side. Beautifully-written and full of girls supporting one another, this is the kind of book you'll have to hug when you're done reading it.   — Lily (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

Sophie has never really understood why people hate on towns for being small; she loves her tiny hometown, Acadia. She loves the ice cream flavors at the shop that never change, the movie theater miles and miles away, and the friends that she's known since she was a baby. She even tolerates chatter about Megan Pleasant, the local singer turned major country star. She doesn't ever want Acadia to change, but with college on the horizon, a very cute new boy in town, and a gap in her life where her sister used to be, Sophie begins to feel the city limits closing in. Like all of Emma Mills's stories, Famous in a Small Town perfectly balances romance, friendship, and the occasional mind-blowing plot twist.   — Kelsie (RBB Staff)


I've never read The Wizard of Oz and I only liked parts of the movie (the tornado and the Wicked Witch of the East were my favorites) but I absolutely loved this book! It's a novelization of a real life story and contains so much of interest...a strong woman, ties to women's suffrage (including Susan B. Anthony), time spent as one of the first women to attend an Ivy League school, taking a risk on love, life on the prairie, fighting for a legacy, not to mention insight into the writing of a wonderful, imaginative novel by an extraordinary man who dreamed and imagined and never let go trying to create his own wonderful world. Highly recommended .  — Susan (RBB Staff)

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