Red Balloon Bookshop Events


Red Balloon Bookshop events are a fun way to enjoy this cozy bookshop with your kids anytime of the year.

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February Events

Susan Dennard, Bloodwitch & Kristen Simmons, The Deceivers

Tuesday, February 19
6:30 pm
FREE

Politics, magic, con artists, and romance collide at Red Balloon Bookshop when Susan Dennard and Kristen Simmons stop by on the same night! Join the authors of Bloodwitch and The Deceivers for a conversation about writing, stories, witches, heists, true love, and so much more. Hang out with other YA fans, meet two amazing authors, make a souvenir button, and get your books signed – what could be better?!

Tickets: This event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required for the signing line. To obtain a ticket, purchase Bloodwitch, The Deceivers, or any book by Susan Dennard or Kristen Simmons from Red Balloon Bookshop. Books may be purchased in store, online, or over the phone by calling 651-224-8320.


Storytime with Stephen Savage & THE BABYSITTER FROM ANOTHER PLANET

Wednesday, February 20
10:30 am
FREE

Get ready for an out of this world, storytime adventure with author/illustrator Stephen Savage and The Babysitter from Another Planet! When mom and dad leave for the night, two kids will encounter a sitter like they’ve never seen before – an alien from outer space! Stephen will join us at Wednesday storytime this week to share his latest story, do some live action drawing, and sign books for all his young fans. All are welcome at this author storytime event which will be best appreciated by kids 2 and up.


Derek Anderson, WHAT ABOUT HARRY? – Launch Party!

Saturday, February 23
10:30 am
FREE

Bring your friends to Red Balloon Bookshop to meet Minnesota author/illustrator Derek Anderson and his new book, What About Harry?, at a special Saturday storytime! Best bear friends Harry and Sam do everything together, which leads to a little competition. Join Derek for storytime and a live drawing demo, followed by celebratory refreshments and book signing. All are welcome at this storytime and author signing event, which will be best appreciated by kids ages 2 and up.


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March Events

Super Seussy Storytime with the Cat in the Hat!

Saturday, March 2
9:30 am
FREE – RSVP Required

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. Our storytellers are working hard with the Cat to plan all sorts of stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and games guaranteed to entertain you when your mother is out. Space is limited – reserve your place today!


Michael Hall, MONKEY TIME – Launch Party!

Sunday, March 3
3:00 pm
FREE

Get ready to monkey around with local author/illustrator Michael Hall (Little i, Red) and his new book, Monkey Time! Poor Monkey is trying to catch a minute up in the tree but he just can’t seem to get ahead of them. Join the author for an afternoon storytime, and book signing all about monkeys, minutes, and trying to grab a snack. If we can catch a minute after storytime, we can all enjoy some tasty treats together. All are welcome at this family storytime and author signing event, which will be best enjoyed by kids ages 3 and up.


Pat Zietlow Miller & Eliza Wheeler, WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE – Launch Party!

Saturday, March 9
2:00 pm
FREE

Red Balloon Bookshop is delighted to celebrate the release of When You are Brave with author Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrator Eliza Wheeler. This beautiful, affirmative picture book highlights some of the many ways and opportunities for kids of all ages to be brave. Join the author and illustrator for an afternoon storytime celebration complete with reading, activities, treats, and more! All are welcome at this family storytime time and book signing event that will be best appreciated by kids ages 3 and up.


Rebecca K.S. Ansari, THE MISSING PIECE OF CHARLIE O’REILLY – at Surly Brewing Co.

Saturday, March 9
6:00 pm
FREE

Red Balloon Bookshop and debut Minnesota author Rebecca K.S. Ansari invite you to celebrate the release of The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly in style at Surly Brewing Company in Minneapolis. As far as anyone else remembers, Charlie O’Reilly is an only child. But Charlie remembers his little brother Liam and is determined to find out what happened to him. Join the author of this haunting new middle grade fantasy for a full blown launch party complete with reading, signing, snacks, and drinks. All are welcome at this author event which will be best appreciated by kids and adults ages 8 and up.


Andy Griffiths – THE 104-STORY TREEHOUSE

Wednesday, March 13
6:30 pm
FREE – Please RSVP

Come one, come all to hang out in The 104-Story Treehouse with bestselling author Andy Griffiths at Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul! Andy’s coming all the way from Australia to tell us about the latest additions to the Treehouse he and Terry share (it used to be 91 stories, but it needed more things). Get the latest jokes direct from the author, check the store for stray spy cows, make sure the marshmallow launcher is properly calibrated, and get your Treehouse series books signed! All are welcome at this event, but space is limited. A paid ticket will get you a copy of The 104-Story Treehouse and hold your place in the first group of the signing line. An RSVP let’s us know you’re coming!


Monsters & Sirens Tour with Tricia Levenseller & Alexandra Christo

Wednesday, March 20
6:30 pm
FREE

Calling all sirens, warriors, monsters, and monster hunters: Tricia Levenseller and Alexandra Christo are bringing the Monsters and Sirens Tour to Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul! Hang out with the authors of Warrior of the Wild and To Kill a Kingdom while they chat about oppresive deities, people-eating sirens, adventure, romance, story telling and more.  Afteward, get your books signed, DIY your own souvenir button, and enjoy some tasty refreshments with other YA fantasy fans!

Signing Tickets: This event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required to enter the signing line.


RED BALLOON BOOK CLUBS

Graphic Novel Book Club

Thursday, February 21
6:30 pm
FREE

Attention 3rd – 5th graders! Grab a grown-up companion and come to our Graphic Novel Book Club. Meet other kids and share your love of books and reading. February’s book is Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869 by Alex Alice.


(Not So) Young Adult Book  Club

Monday, March 4
6:30 pm
FREE

For adults ̶ not teens! ̶ who love to read Young Adult books. March’s book is People Like Us by Dana Mele.


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