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Don’t miss your chance to mingle with these 4 great authors in a small group setting, hobnob with other YA fans, and get your books signed. Small author-dish sesh + killer YA books = a booklover’s dream, courtesy of Epic Reads !

Wednesday, March 7th, 6:00pm
Kamilla Benko
Thursday, Feb. 1, 6:30 pm
Get ready for your next great magical adventure with  Kamilla Benko  and  The Unicorn Quest ! Meet the author of this fantastic new fantasy, hunt for unicorn artifacts in the in-store scavenger hunt, and make your own unicorn bookmark!   Details here
Tammi Sauer
Saturday, Feb. 10, 10:30 am
It's a special Saturday storytime at Red Balloon with guest author  Tammi Sauer  and her hilarious new book,  Wordy Birdy . Join us for storytime with the author, a book signing, themed activites, and more! Details here
Be Mine Storytime
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 pm
Bring your little loved one to Red Balloon's Be Mine Storytime , a special Valentine's Eve edition of storytime. We'll share books, sing songs, and say rhymes all about love and friendship. After storytime, guests are invited to cut, color, and decorate their own valentines!   Details here
Beth Hautala
Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30 pm
Celebrate the release of Minnesota author Beth Hautala 's latest book, The Ostrich and Other Lost Things , with a Red Balloon launch party! Details here
Joyce Sidman
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2:00 pm
Join award-winning MPLS poet  Joyce Sidman  for a celebration of her newest book,  The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science . Enjoy a talk and book signing with the author, themed activities & celebratory refreshments Details here
Cat in the Hat Storytime
Saturday, Mar. 3, 9:30 am
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. Due to space limitations, a ticket is required. Details here
Hubb's Children's Literature Conference 2018
Visit Red Balloon Bookshop's  pop-up store  at the University of St. Thomas Hubbs Children's Literature Conference.

Saturday, February 17, 2018. 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Matt de la Peña ( Last Stop on Market Street) and Nancy Carlson (I Like Me!) are the featured guest speakers this year.

By Tammi Sauer, Dave Mottram (Illustrator)

I love this book! It has great pictures, and a funny story, and woodland animals, and a lesson! It's colorful and exciting and no one's friends abandon them to be eaten by bears even if they talk too much - like really really too much - and never listen. You should probably read it and then read it again and then read it out loud to someone and then read it out loud to someone else. It's great!  — Angela (RBB Staff)
By Matt De La Peña, Loren Long (Illustrator)

 A thoughtful and beautiful book about all the places and moments where love shows up in day to day lives. These moving words and illustrations show us that love is not always simple, but it is always around us - including in the moments we don't notice and even in the most challenging of situations. A timeless book for Valentines Day, or a new baby or really for anyone you love. — Holly (RBB Staff)
By Shaun David Hutchinson

Elena Mendoza is the product of a non-miraculous, scientifically-explained virgin birth. Or so she thinks, until the girl she's had a crush on gets shot and Elena is able to heal her with just a touch of her hand. Plus, the Starbucks logo has recently started talking to her. According to it, the world is ending, and only Elena can do something about it. So begins a story about humanity and choice and the apocalypse--not just Elena's, but all of ours. Smart and thoughtful and diverse, this is a book for 2018, and for all of us who are struggling to survive in a world that feels increasingly broken.    — Lily (RBB Staff)
By Jessica Fellowes

Based on a real murder, this novel takes place in 1920's England, where a young woman escapes poverty in London to become governess to the Mitford girls. She becomes entangled in the death of Florence Nightingale Shore, a nurse found dead on a train in broad daylight. Although this is a real story it has the makings of a classic English murder mystery . — Julie (RBB Staff)
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Win a Signed Copy of Matt de la Peña 's New Book!
Congratulations to Donna who won a Red Balloon gift card last month. This month, we are spreading some love by giving away a signed copy of the new book Love by Matt De La Pe ñ a, Illustrated by Lauren Long . To enter, send your first and last name along with a phone number here
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