J oin us as we kick off our Be An Angel Book Drive with a Santa Storytime on 
Wed. Nov. 29 at 6:30 pm
Be an angel this holiday season and give a book to a St. Paul student in need. Red Balloon proudly matches books donated and pays forward all gift wrapping tips during this annual book drive.  Keep the holidays merry for all: donate a book!
Festive Holiday Storytime & Grand Meander, Dec. 2, 10:30 am
Grand Meander  is here again! Join your buddies at Red Balloon Bookshop for a  Festive Holiday Storytime  with Angela. All are welcome at this family storytime geared toward kiddos 1-5.   Details here
Cozy Cocoa Pajama Storytime, Dec. 12, 6:30 pm
This special nighttime edition of storytime will be suitable for all ages and include some of our favorite books, songs, and rhymes about holidays, winter...and bedtime. After storytime, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa on the house, and browse the store before you go to bed. Wear your jammies for maximum coziness--all are welcome! Details here
By M. E. Furman Susan Gal  (Illustrator)

 I absolutely love this book about how kids all over the world celebrate Santa with special holiday treats! Who knew that Indonesians leave pineapple-filled cookies for Sinterklaas, or that kids in the UK leave mince pies and milk (or Guinness) for Father Christmas?! The colorful illustrations positively sparkle--and I love that families can follow the recipes to make their own sweets for Santa. I want to bake some cookies NOW!   — Barb (RBB Staff)
H ave Sword, Will Travel
By Garth Nix

When Odo stumbles upon an enchanted sword in the bottom of the lake, it immediately knights him, even though his best friend Eleanor is the one who's always wanted to be a knight. But the sword insists that it can't change allegiances and that Odo--now Sir Odo--is destined to be a true knight. And that means going on a quest. Along the way the three travelers meet all sorts--from brigands to dragons--and discover that being a knight might be about more than just tourneys and single combat. Smart, funny, and an absorbing read.    — Lily (RBB Staff)
Long Way Down
By Jason Reynolds

The spare verse is perfectly suited to the setting and the visceral emotions of the story. This was intense and fantastic and you should read it right now.     — Angela (RBB Staff)
By Alison McGhee

We all have secrets. It's in the telling of our secrets that we become more aware of who we are. This brilliantly told story of Clara and her mother Tamar has us frustrated with the hidden past that Clara is trying to uncover. Why did Tamar send Clara away? The answer is eventually revealed, and we realize to what extent a mother will go for the love of her child. A Kleenex, or two, will be necessary to have on hand while reading this wonderful novel by Alison McGhee. — Julie (RBB Staff)
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The gift that keeps on giving the whole year!
Every month we hand-select and send books (sometimes signed ones!) to the lucky readers on your list. We tailor book selection based on child’s age, reading level, and interests . We’ll send emails to the giver each month to let them know which books were sent, and we keep a record of all books sent to the child to avoid duplications. Learn more here
Our gift to you!
Email us here to be entered into a drawing for a Red Balloon T-shirt of your choice. Email us your name and phone number by end of the day on Monday December 4 . Winners will be notified by 12 pm on Dec. 5!
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