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Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul

Nestled in the heart of Grand Avenue's shopping district, you'll find the Red Balloon Bookshop...well, you probably already know about this place, 'cuz it's AWESOME!  Whenever I walk in there, I wish I was still a kid.  I'm excited to let you know that Red Balloon is now selling Free & Frugal Family Fun AND A to Z Activities, Crafts, & Recipes.  There are so many wonderful events at Red Balloon. Please be sure to check them out. I want to go to each and every one of them!

Girls (and Moms) Read Book Club
Monday, May 5, 6:30 pm
Girls and Moms Read
Calling all girls in 4th - 6th grade! Grab your mom and bring her to Red Balloon’s Girls (and Moms) Read book club. Meet other girls and moms and share the fun of reading. Girls (and Moms) Read meets on 2nd Mondays at Red Balloon Bookshop.

This month’s book selection is The Hope Chest by Karen Schabache. Call the store, 651-224-8320, for more information!


Rebecca Hahn, A Creature of Moonlight - Launch Party!
Friday, May 9, 6:30 pm
Rebecca Hahn
Debut YA author Rebecca Hahn’s A Creature of Moonlight is a new staff favorite, and we are honored to celebrate its official launch at Red Balloon! Filled with gorgeous, lyrical prose and inventive, magical storytelling, A Creature of Moonlight will be loved by fans of Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina and Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue. Don’t miss this magical night of dragon-themed activities, refreshments, and discussion. You will want to own a signed copy of this breathtaking new book!
Rebecca Hahn grew up in Iowa, attended college in Minnesota, and soon afterward moved to New York City, where she worked in book publishing and wrote A Creature of Moonlight on the side. She now is back in Minneapolis, with the winter cold, the wide sky, and many whispering trees. This is Rebecca's first novel. www.rebeccahahnbooks.com

Lauren Stringer (illus.), Deer Dancer - Launch Party!
Saturday, May 10, 10:30 am
Deer Dancer
Acclaimed local author and illustrator Lauren Stringer has infused light, nature, dance, and a bit of magic into Mary Lyn Ray’s new picture book, Deer Dancer. We’re celebrating the publication of this gorgeous book with a storytime, craft, and, of course, dancing! Hear the story and watch it come to life with Red Balloon’s own Claire Laine, a former dancer with the Louisville Ballet. Wear your favorite dance apparel, create deer antlers like in the book, and celebrate with cake. Don’t miss this celebration of nature and dance!
Lauren Stringer is an artist, author, and theatrical designer living in Minneapolis, MN. She is the scriptwriter and set designer for Circus Juventas, America’s largest youth circus school, as well as a visiting author/artist in the schools. www.laurenstringer.com

Children's Book Week
Monday, May 12 - Saturday, May 17
Red Balloon Bookshop will have activities and prizes the week of Monday, May 12, in honor of Children's Book Week! As part of the Children’s Book Council, Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, and it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.
Readers young and old are invited to Red Balloon to complete on-going, in-store scavenger hunts and trivia games throughout the week. Names will be entered into a prize drawing, with winners chosen during our Children’s Book Week finale event, Indies First Storytime Day. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite book and author in the Children’s Choice Book Awards, going on now through May 12. 

Chapter & Verse Book Club
Thursday, May 15, 6:30 pm
Chapter and Verse Book ClubChapter & Verse is a national book club for members of Children's Literature Network and other 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.
The books for May are The Trial by Jen Bryant and Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak. How does The Trial, a verse novel, compare with a nonfiction telling of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping? Outside Over There is related to that event, one that made a big impression on Maurice Sendak.  We have a good number of interesting questions to discuss this month in relation to these two books. www.childrensliteraturenetwork.org

Indies First Storytime Day!
Saturday, May 17, 10:30 am
Indies First StorytimeLast November, our local authors became your personal shoppers for Indies First. This spring, as part of Children’s Book Week, independent bookstores across the country are inviting these authors back...this time to tell stories!
Come to Red Balloon’s Indies First Storytime to hear local authors Stephen Shaskan, Trisha Speed Shaskan, David LaRochelle, and Erin Soderberg Downing rhyme, sing, finger-play, and read from their favorite books. Winners will also be chosen for our Children’s Book Week activities going on that week. Let’s celebrate our fabulous local literary community and the tradition of independent bookselling!
Want to know more about the Indies First initiative, which began with author Sherman Alexie? Visit this link to read the story. We look forward to this fun Indies First tradition to continue and grow!

Teens Read Book Club
Monday, May 19, 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!

Saturday Spanish Storytime
Saturday, May 24, 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 EspaƱol! 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

Community Reporter Poetry Contest Reading
Saturday, May 24, 2:00 pm
Community RepoarterCongratulations to the winners of Community Reporter’s Kid’s Poetry Contest! Support the budding talents of these young writers by attending a celebration in their honor. Meet the poets and hear their winning poems. Family, friends, and the community are invited. Light refreshments will be served. www.communityreporter.org

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