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Hey kids! If you are in 3rd or 4th grade (or have the equivalent reading level) and love to read, you and your favorite grown-up are invited to join the brand new Kids Read Book Club at Red Balloon! Every 2nd Monday you and your grown-up (parent, grandparent, aunt uncle, etc) will discuss a great book with the group, have snacks, and make new friends. Let's discover our new favorite books together...
Come 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...
Do 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 8th-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...
Chapter & 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 March, we'll discuss two books about dance...
I picked up this book because it is beautiful, with illustrations that remind me of Philip Stead’s work. I didn’t expect to be helplessly laughing by halfway through the book, though the expression on the squirrel’s face on the cover should have been a clue! When the moon gets stuck in Mr. Squirrel’s tree, he worries that he will be thought a thief, so he works to get rid of the evidence. Which is harder than he thought, leading to hilarity as worse comes to worse (oh, his terrible imaginings of life in jail!) involving a hapless hedgehog, a goat, flies, and many mice. Will Mr. Squirrel prevail, or will he spend the rest of his life in captivity (very small toilet included)? -Joan
What do you do when your mom is gone forever, your dad is off looking for whales in Hudson Bay, and you are stuck in a little Manitoba town in the dead of winter? All Talia can do is WAIT, keep adding wishes to her secret jar, and try to make sense of things. It’s been a hard year, but new experiences and new friends are there to be discovered--if she can just learn to be open to them. If you like the writing of Sheila O’Connor (Sparrow Road) and Esther Ehrlich (Nest), you’ll enjoy this poignant first novel by Minnesota author Beth Hautala. - Barb
Stunningly Beautiful. Informative. And just so very cool! This is the first title in a new series “Welcome to the Museum” and just like the world’s best museums, it is a well-curated collection of exhibits (or in this case pages). A lovely book that is sure to engage readers and viewers for hours and hours. -Holly
All Fall Down is the first in the Embassy Row series. I had so much fun reading this. Grace Blakely knows her mother was murdered, and she knows that the man who did it is near. She knows this because she witnessed it. Unfortunately, nobody believes her. She is treated like a child, and a liar. She is sent to live with her grandfather at the US Embassy, and it’s there that things start to heat up. It is there that she comes face to face with her mother’s murderer, a man with a scar on his face. Grace makes friends with a few of the other embassy kids, and they form a great team to try and capture the man with a scar on his face. A great mystery, that I thought I had figured out, but then a twist, and another twist. Oh man, I love that kind of story. I won’t tell you if I was right. Find out for yourself! - Julie
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