Save the date--Red Balloon will be celebrating all day long with special programming, trips to the treasure chest, exclusive Indie Bookstore Day merchandise !
Anne Greenwood Brown
Thursday, Apr. 5, 6:30 pm
Twin Cities fans of YA romance and suspense won't want to miss this chance to celebrate the release of  Cold Hard Truth , the latest from Minnesota author  Anne Greenwood Brown .   Details here
YA Minnesota Book Awards Finalists
Saturday, Apr. 7, 3:00 pm
Join  Sarah Ahiers Sara Biren , Peter Bognanni , and  Andrew DeYoung  to learn more about their books, chat with the authors, meet other YA fans, and get your books signed! Details here
Sheila O'Connor
Sunday, Apr. 15, 3:00 pm
Join Minnesota author  Sheila O'Connor  when she returns to Red Balloon with her new book,  Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth . There will be a discussion of her new novel, a book signing, and refreshments.  Details here
Jason Reynolds
Wednesday, Apr. 18, 7:00 pm
Bestselling, award-winning author Jason Reynolds is coming to St. Paul and everyone is invited! Red Balloon Bookshop and SteppingStone Theatre are thrilled to welcome the author for a celebration of his latest book,  For Every One . Details here
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Friday, Apr. 20, 6:30 pm
Help us welcome award-winning and bestselling author  Jewell Parker Rhodes  to St. Paul with her new book,  Ghost Boys . Join Jewell Parker Rhodes for a talk and Q&A session surrounding Ghost Boys, followed by book signing.  Details here
Maud Hart Lovelace Awards
Saturday, Apr. 21, 3:00 pm
Red Balloon is hosting the live announcement of the 2017-2018 Maud Hart Lovelace Awards. Hear this year’s winners and the announcement of next year’s nominees, Details here
Saturday, Apr. 21, 6:30pm | InterContinental Hotel, Saint Paul Riverfront
We will be selling books at the Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony ! Readers, writers, and book-lovers from all over the state gather together for one incredible evening to honor stories of Minnesotans that connect us all. Learn more
Tuesday, Apr. 24, 5:30pm | The University of Minnesota
We will be selling books at the Naomi C. Chase lecture honoring author and illustrator Kevin Henkes , who will be giving the lecture: "Three Kinds of Waiting: A Picture Book Trilogy." Learn more
All the Animals Where I Live
By Philip C. Stead

This lovely story reminds me of the Alice and Martin Provenson books. We are introduced to the people and animals of Philip Stead's life in the country. The most important animal being his dog Wednesday. She is there to chase the deer, and bark away the coyotes. Stead's captivating illustrations show us life in the country, and the story itself is emotional and joyful. I would recommend this for everyone.  — Julie (RBB Staff)
Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths
By Graham Annable

Peter & Ernesto are sloths and they are the best of friends. When Ernesto embarks on a journey to see more pieces of the sky, Peter must find the courage to leave the tree and make sure his friend is alright. The bright illustrations inside large, easy to follow panels make this funny and heartwarming graphic novel perfect for even the youngest comics fans.   — Angela (RBB Staff)
Picture Us in the Light
By Kelly Loy Gilbert

Life for Danny Cheng in Cupertino, California isn't too bad. Daniel's parents came to the United States from China before he was born, and everything is going just fine until he finds a mysterious box full of unexpected information in a closet at home. Soon after, his father is fired from his job, forcing their family to move out of Cupertino and away from Danny's friends and school. As he learns more about his parent's past, Danny must come to terms with his own guilt and desires for the future. This book is sweet, sad, honest, and the author didn’t shy away from difficult topics. Gilbert’s prose is reminiscent of Jandy Nelson, but this story would also perfect for fans of The Hate U Give and American Street.     — Kelsie (RBB Staff)
By Madeline Miller

In this far-reaching re-telling of Greek mythology, Madeline Miller takes one of the more intriguing characters in the Odyssey--the witch Circe--and tells her whole story. Spanning the centuries between her birth and the fateful meeting with Odysseus, Miller spins a tale that grapples with the difficulties inherent in these characters and their stories while simultaneously giving them the room to exist as fully-fleshed beings. For those who were forced to read the Odyssey in high school and fans of Greek mythology alike, this book is a clever remix of the old stories that asks questions about mortality, humanity, legacy, and cycles of cruelty . — Lily (RBB Staff)
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Red Balloon Summer Camps are coming!
For the first time, Red Balloon Bookshop is offering two week-long afternoon summer camps ! We invite young readers to join us for book-related adventures, crafts, and games. Learn more here
Win 2 tickets to meet Jason Reynolds!
Congrats to Anne, the winner of last month's giveaway! This month, two lucky people will win two tickets and one book each to our event with author Jason Reynolds on Wednesday, April 18. Must be able to attend event in order to win. To enter , send your name, phone number, and email address here by the end of the day Thursday, April 5. Winners will be notified by the end of the day on Friday, April 6.
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