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Thu, 18 October | 10:30AM

Fly Guy Storytime

Celebrate your school-free Thursday at Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul with a very special Fly Guy Storytime co-hosted by youth artists from SteppingStone Theatre!  More details coming soon!

Sun, 21 October | 3:00PM to 3:30PM

Spanish StorytimeCome to Red Balloon for a special Spanish Storytime, brought to you by Language Sprout Learning Centers! Sing songs, say rhymes, and hear stories, all performed en Español!  Ven, te esperamos! (Recommended for ages birth-3)

Since 2003, the Language Sprout Learning Center has partnered with children, parents, and...

Sat, 27 October | 10:30AM

Which Witch is Which?? Storytime & Movement Workshop with DanceCo

All little witches, wizards, goblins, monsters, AND children are invited to Red Balloon Bookshop for a Witch Storytime and Movement Workshop with DanceCo Performance Company.  Join artists from DanceCo and our Red Balloon booksellers while we read some not-too-scary witchy stories and learn new, kid-friendly dance moves. All...

Sun, 28 October | 3:00PM

Graham Annable, Drew Brockington, & Jeffrey Brown

Get ready for the Sunday Funnies: a triple-powered graphic novel event at Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul! Join Jeffrey Brown (Lucy & Andy Neanderthal), Drew Brockington (CatStronauts), and Graham Annable (Peter & Ernesto) for a chat about comics, good jokes, and great stories. Whether you...

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

Picture Books

As a mom of someone who spent age three as a racoon and age four as a dog, I immediately connected with and loved this book. Archie knows he is a bear, although most people think he is a boy in a bear suit. And then he meets a bear who knows he is a boy, although Archie can see he is really a bear in a boy suit. Together they do all sorts of bear and boy things, like eating honey sandwiches, fishing, and reading stories. A truly delightful and and imaginative tale about friendship and being true to yourself.  — Holly (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

People don't always see Van, but he sees everything, including the tiny things everyone misses: a dropped penny, a lost marble....a girl stealing coins out of a fountain. She's part of a secret society that collects wishes as soon as they're made and hides them away in a vault to keep them from coming true. Wishes are unpredictable--the Collectors just want to keep the world safe from their unintended consequences. But there's someone else who thinks wishes are meant to work--and it's not clear whose side Van should be on. Full of adventure, wonderful magic, and complex and rounded characters, this book will leave you eager for the sequel. And it's by a Minnesota author!  — Lily (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

When Ben and Arthur meet at a NYC post office one day in July, it feels like fate. So, when a literal flash mob tears them apart before they are able to exchange names or phone numbers, Arthur sets out to find the cute boy in the coffee shop t-shirt. But Arthur is going back home to Georgia in a few weeks, so it might not even be worth it. But what if it is? Told in alternating chapters, dream team Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera tell the story of two boys, fighting against all odds to find each other again. Full of nerdy musical references and charming (and awkward) firsts, this lived up to all of my expectations! A must read for YA fans.  — Kelsie (RBB Staff)


I have been a fan of Barbara Kingsolver’s books ever since reading The Bean Trees decades ago. So of course I was excited to pick up her newest book. InUnsheltered , we follow the stories of two families living in the same poorly-constructed house but a century apart. Both families have made all the “right” decisions to create a life a security, but find themselves at a time and place where that security is falling apart. Through their stories, Kingsolver weaves together family, history, science, and social commentary. As with her other books, Kingsolver gives us great characters, rich storytelling, and plenty to think about.  — Holly (RBB Staff)

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