Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir was born in Reykjavík on May 1, 1953. She graduated as a teacher from the Icelandic Teacher's School in 1973 and finished her degree in art history from the University of Århus in Denmark in 1979. She also studied at the Icelandic Art Academy and read literature at the University of Iceland.
Ragnheiður worked as a teacher at different schools in the capital area in Iceland for a number of years and was an editor at The National Centre for Educational Material from 1990 - 1996. She is both an illustrator and children's book writer, and has published a number of books for children and teenagers. Her first book, Ljósin lifna (The Lights are On), was published in 1985. She has also retold and illustrated Icelandic fairy tales.
Ragnheiður's books for teenagers have been well received by readers and critics alike. She won the Icelandic Children's Book Award in 2000 for her book Leikur á borði (A Winning Chance). She is a two time winner of the Reykjavík Children's Book Prize, in 2001 for the book 40 vikur (40 Weeks), and in 2004 for Sverðberinn (The Swordbearer). Ragnheiður received the Nordic Children's book Prize for the latter book in 2005.
Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir lives in Hafnarfjörður in the capital area of Iceland. She is married and has four children.
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