Celesta Rimington is a musical theater performer, an advocate for wildlife and the arts, and an active participant in Utah's writing community. She grew up in an Air Force family, and because she had to relocate often as a child, books and their characters became her constant companions. While living in Tornado Alley, Celesta discovered she could wait out the rainstorms and tornado sirens by writing short stories. In fourth grade, she began entering creative writing contests and making up stories for her younger siblings on long road trips across the country. She now writes magical realism books for middle grade readers, and her settings are inspired by the places she's lived and what makes them unique. She writes about belonging, friendship, and family with a mixture of animals, storms, and a dash of magic.
Celesta holds a degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University and is a member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her debut novel The Elephant's Girl (Crown Books for Young Readers) is a Junior Library Guild 2020 selection, and School Library Journal declared it as "perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo." Celesta's second middle grade novel, Tips for Magicians, is slated for publication by Crown Books for Young Readers and Random House Children's Books in summer 2021. Celesta resides in Utah with her husband and two children where they have a miniature railroad with a rideable steam train. She enjoys virtual author visits with book clubs and schools, and you can find her online at celestarimington.com
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