Gibbs Smith Celestina the Astronaut Ballerina

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Celestina is a little girl with a big dream—can she overcome peer pressure and bullying to accomplish her astral ambition?

“Well,” said Miss Stella, “it's time that you soar. Trade in your ballet shoes for the great rocket's roar. Dream your big dreams and never give in. It is never too late for you to begin.”

Celestina the Astronaut Ballerina is a beautifully illustrated story that teaches kids about the importance of holding on to their hopes and dreams in the face of bullying and peer pressure. This thought-provoking story also highlights the impact that our words and actions can have on others—good or bad—and challenges gender stereotypes in the workforce.

Donald Jacobsen is a husband, father, registered nurse, and sometimes-writer living and working in Memphis, Tennessee. Donald's clinical nursing experience comes from 10 years in the field, with a background in emergency nursing and EMS, case management, nursing informatics, and a variety of other settings. Donald's experience otherwise comes from living an amazing life with his wondrous wife, two beautiful daughters, and their mopey rescue dog, Yoda. Learn more at