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Red Balloon Bookshop

Holly Weinkauf

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891 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105 (651) 224-8320 Monday-Friday—10-8 | Saturday—10-6 | Sunday—12-5

Red Balloon Bookshop has been helping children, teens, and adults in the Twin Cities connect with great books and great authors for more than 30 years! Located on historic Grand Avenue in Saint Paul, Red Balloon is an independent, woman-owned children’s bookstore with a wide selection of books, toys, and gifts for all ages, from infants to adults. The bookstore is a great place to meet other readers and book-lovers, attend weekly storytimes, hear from bestselling visiting authors and illustrators, and find the perfect gift for a kid you know (or for yourself)!


Conference Room
Off Street Parking

Recent News

2018 Pannell Award Winners Announced

The Women’s National Book Association has announced the winners of its 2018 Pannell Awards, given annually to two bookstores that enhance their communities by fostering a love of reading. The winner in the Children’s Specialty Bookstore category is Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, Minn., in recognition of “its outstanding service to authors, children, and the community.”

Things to Do In Saint Paul

It might be smaller and less popular than its sibling to the west, but Minnesota’s capital city has a spirited side that is unrivaled by its twin. On Grand Avenue, a shopping district where many of the independent retailers operate out of little houses, Red Balloon Bookshop was my favorite. The 35-year-old store not only offers weekly story times, author readings and a thoughtful collection of titles for kids, it also has a small section of books for adults and sells some of the best book-related merch I’ve seen for both small and large readers.