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Thu, 9 January | 6:30PM

Amy Spalding, WE USED TO BE FRIENDSBundle up and head to Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul to give a warm welcome to Amy Spalding (The Summer of Jordi Perez) who is voluntarily leaving California to share her latest book, We Used to be Friends, with us! We Used to Be Friends is told in...

Sat, 18 January | 10:30AM

Special Saturday Storytime!Come one, come all to a Special Saturday Storytime -- all the fun of weekday storytime, but on the weekend!

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Sat, 8 February | 2:00PM

Get ready for The Shark Report, the funny, fact-filled new chapter book by local author Derek Anderson! Join Derek and your friends at Red Balloon for a behind the scenes look into the making of this new book. You can also try your luck at the Shark Trivia Challenge, grab some celebratory cake and get your book signed!


Tue, 11 February | 6:30PM

Soar in to Red Balloon Bookshop to celebrate the releae of Storm from the East, with St. Paul author Joanna Hathaway! War, family loyalty, romance, and long-hidden secrets collide in the sequel to Dark of the West. Join Joanna for a conversation about writing, romance, airplanes, and more, followed by book signining and cake!

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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