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Red Balloon will close at 6 pm on Wed., Nov. 26
and reopen at 10 am on Fri., Nov. 28
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Extended Holiday Hours:
Mon - Sat  10 am - 8 pm
Sun. Dec. 14 and Dec. 21  Noon - 6 pm
Events! at Red Balloon Bookshop

Small Business Saturday and Indies First: Authors-as-Booksellers

Saturday, Nov 29, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Indies FirstA fantastic group of local authors and illustrators are joining the ranks of Red Balloon staff on Small Business Saturday on November 29th to help shoppers locate their perfect gifts! This program, called Indies First, began last year as the brain-child of acclaimed author Sherman Alexie as a way for authors to support their indie bookstores. Read Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer’s open letter of support here.

Red Balloon is honored to be a part of the Twin Cities literary community, and we are thrilled to welcome authors William Alexander, Michael Dahl, Brian Farrey, Michael Hall, David LaRochelle, Carrie Mesrobian, Stephen Shaskan, Trisha Speed Shaskan, and Anne Ursu to personally shop for all the readers on your list! See you on November 29th!


Alison McGhee, reading and signing
Star Bright: A Christmas Story

Sunday, Nov 30, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Alison McGheeA special engagement for the holiday weekend: Alison McGhee will be reading and signing her new Christmas picture book, Star Bright: A Christmas Story, on Sunday, Nov 30, from 1-3 pm. Illustrated by Peter Reynolds, Star Bright is a creative twist on the story of the Nativity and a perfect holiday gift. Make Red Balloon a stop on your holiday shopping list and pick up a signed, personalized copy of this special book!

Alison McGhee is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University and was a founding member of Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Alison lives in Minneapolis. www.alisonmcghee.com


Santa Storytime and "Be an Angel" Kick-off

Tuesday, Dec 2, 6:30 pm

Santa StorytimeRed Balloon welcomes the jolliest storyteller of all: Santa Claus! Come and listen to his stories, and if you leave your shoes by the shop door, they might be filled with surprise treats! Be sure to "Be an Angel" and donate a book to a child or teen in need. Celebrate the true meaning of the season with this special night of stories, surprises, and giving.

 "Be an Angel" is proud to support Saint Paul Public School's Project REACH. Project REACH is a Saint Paul Public Schools shelter and street-based program that promotes the academic success and school stability of homeless children and youth. The program staff serve pre-k and school-age children who are in temporary housing situations. For more information about Project REACH, visit their website: http://homeless.spps.org/Home


Grinch Storytime with Children’s Theatre Company

Saturday, Dec 6, 10:30 am

Grinch StorytimeGuard your Who-pudding and roast beast; a very special guest is coming to Red Balloon for Grand Meander! Join us as we welcome world-renowned Children’s Theatre Company for a very (un)merry Grinch Storytime! Hear a Seuss tale and take your picture with the Mean One himself. This storytime will be so much fun that ALL our hearts will grow ten sizes that day! (Recommended for ages 3 and up)

Tickets are on sale now for Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, running Nov. 11 - Jan. 4 at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. www.childrenstheatre.org


A "Yippie-i-oh Christmas" with Kate DiCamillo -
ticketed event

Saturday, Dec 6, 2:00 pm

Kate DiCamilloYippie-i-oh! Saddle up with Kate DiCamillo and Red Balloon Bookshop for a special holiday engagement celebrating Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, the first in a spin-off series starring favorite characters from the best-selling Mercy Watson books. Mosey on over for cowboy Christmas tunes and a chance to hear from this award-winning, bestselling, and beloved author.

This is a ticketed event. Please see our Kate DiCamillo Christmas event page for complete information.


Stephanie Ruble (illus.), Ewe and Aye - Launch Party!

Sunday, Dec 7, 3:00 pm

Stephanie RubleIllustrator Stephanie Ruble shares her irresistible characters Ewe, a sheep with a feel for wheels, and Aye, a lemur with a thing for wings, at a party as fun as her debut picture book! We’ll have cake, games, and giveaways to celebrate the launch of Ewe and Aye, a vibrant combination of whimsical wordplay and heartfelt humor that highlights the unlimited possibilities of togetherness.

Stephanie Ruble loves drawing all kinds of animals--cows, elephants, bunnies, and chickens, but most notably, sheep and lemurs. In fact, she has been drawing and painting since she could hold a crayon. This native Minnesotan and comic-strip-lover currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband. Ewe and Aye is her first picture book. www.sruble.com


Saturday Spanish Storytime

Saturday, Dec 13, 10:30 am

Spanish StorytimeCome to Red Balloon for a special Saturday edition of Spanish Storytime, brought to you by Language Sprout Learning Centers! Sing songs, say rhymes, and hear stories, all performed en Español! Enjoy a themed craft to complete the fun. Ven, te esperamos! (Recommended for ages birth-3)

Since 2003, the Language Sprout Learning Center has partnered with children, parents, and schools throughout the Twin Cities to revolutionize multilingual education in Minnesota. Start learning a foreign language today! www.languagesprout.com


Lori Evert, The Christmas Wish - Family Storytime

Sunday, Dec 14, 1:00 pm

The Christmas WishLast December, The Christmas Wish, by husband-and-wife team Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen, captivated readers with its magical story and stunning photographs featuring their daughter, Anja. Now a bestseller, The Christmas Wish, an 1800s Norwegian-inspired fairy tale, will come to life at Red Balloon at a very special family storytime with Lori Evert and Anja herself. Dressed in her traditional Norwegian clothing, Anja will share her story of a little girl who wishes to become one of Santa’s elves. This is a Christmas event you won’t want to miss.

Lori Evert, the author of The Christmas Wish, was so inspired by Per’s photo of Anja with a reindeer that she wrote a narrative about who they might be and why they were together. Thus began the four-year family project that is The Christmas Wish. Lori loves writing and creating photos with her family for the Anja fairy tales, which include The Christmas Wish, The Tiny Wish (January 2015) and The Reindeer Wish (September 2015). When she is not traveling, reading, or playing outside with Anja, Lori works as prop, set, and wardrobe stylist for editorial and advertising photography.

Anja really is kind, adventuresome, and a fabulous skier. She enjoys reading, singing, horseback riding, and playing with her friends and her big dog, Moby.


Teens Read Book Club

Monday, Dec 15, 6:30 pm

Teens ReadDo you want to read something new? Really new? Not-even-available-to-the-public new? Then join Red Balloon Bookshop’s Teens Read book club, open to teens in 7th-12th grade! Every month, each teen participant will select one Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of an upcoming book, write a short review, and come back the next month to talk about it. Other opportunities include planning author events and book parties, volunteering at the store, blogging, and more. Come to hang with friends, eat snacks, and discover your next favorite book!

Teens Read meets every 3rd Monday at 6:30 pm. Questions? Call Red Balloon at 651-224-8320 or email Amy at events@redballoonbookshop.com. Update: Teens Read Book Club is currently full, but please call or email to join the waiting list!


Chapter & Verse Book Club

Thursday, Dec 18, 6:30 pm

Chapter and Verse Book ClubChapter & Verse is a national book club for children’s literature enthusiasts who wish to discuss children’s and young adult fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and poetry. They meet the third Thursday of every month at Red Balloon and are sponsored by Winding Oak. In December, we'll discuss two books about leaving home: I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached and The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye. What does it mean to leave the only home you've known? To leave your city? Your country? Do you have favorite books to share with your discussion group with a related theme? Please share them with the group!


More Upcoming Events... Details coming soon!

Sun, Jan 11, 2:00 pm - Erin Soderberg, The Quirks and the Quirkalicious Birthday - Launch Party!

Wed, Jan 14, 6:30 pm - Comedian/author Jason Good and author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka present MUST. PUSH. BUTTONS! 

Sat, Jan 17, 2:00 pm - Barbara O'Brien, DOGFACE 

Sat, Jan 31, 10:30 am - The Biggest Little House in the Forest Storytime with Children's Theatre Company 

Sat, Feb 7, 10:30 am - Music and Dance with The Big Epic Show

Sat, Feb 14, 10:30 am - Valentine's Day Storytime with Michael Hall and his new book, Red: A Crayon's Story 

Sat, Feb 28, 2:00 pm - Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen, The Tiny Wish - Launch Party! (please note time change)


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