Skater Cielo (Hardcover)

Skater Cielo By Rachel Katstaller, Rachel Katstaller (Illustrator) Cover Image

Skater Cielo (Hardcover)


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Meet Cielo, a fierce skater who finds that facing your fear of failing gives you the courage to persevere!

Cielo loves to skateboard! But when she messes up on a new ramp she's embarrassed and afraid to fall again in front of so many people. With the help of some new friends, Cielo summons the courage to try again (and again, and again), and learns that falling is not failing--true fierceness isn't about landing the perfect trick, it's about picking yourself back up when you don't.
Rachel Katstaller is an author-illustrator from El Salvador. She graduated with a design degree from the Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera and has illustrated several books including A Portrait In Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas and Ada Lovelace and the Number-Crunching Machine. When Rachel isn’t drawing up new picture books, she is busy skateboarding with friends. To learn more, visit her at
Product Details ISBN: 9781338751116
ISBN-10: 1338751115
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English

* "An overall charmer, Katstaller’s ode to the etherealness and camaraderie of skateboarding pops and snaps from page to page." —Kirkus, starred review

* "Katstaller’s “steezy” (skater-speak for stylish, according to the glossary) mixed-media illustrations are both child-friendly and sophisticated, conveying emotion and intensity via color, shape, and dynamic shifts in perspective." —Horn Book, starred review

"The expressive art of Skater Cielo flies off the pages in this celebration of courage and community, and Rachel Katstaller's energetic prose nails the fears, tears and pure joy of the sport. Whether you're a skater or not, you'll cheer Cielo on again, and again, and again." — NPR, Best Book of 2022