Summer Reading List: “Eli’s Balloon”

Eli believes he can be anything he wants to be. But can he really? Come with Eli on a fun adventure as he explores what it would be like if he were a balloon! Eli’s Balloon is a fun and charming story about a little boy who travels on a fantastic journey as he imagines what it would be like to be the one thing he longs to be when he grows up . . . a balloon.

Eli’s Balloon is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Eli’s Balloon written by Candace Ruffin and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams.


Meet Candace Ruffin: “Eli’s Balloon”

Candace Ruffin is a native of East Cleveland, Ohio where, as a young girl, she first discovered her love of writing. After teaching in public schools for several years, she eventually decided to leave the classroom and pursue her passion for writing. Drawing on her personal and professional experiences with children, she was inspired to write stories for children of all ages to enjoy.

Candace Ruffin currently lives in Central Florida with her husband, two sons, and their pet rabbit, Smokey. Eli’s Balloon is her first picture book.