“El Deafo” by Cece Bell

Cecelia Carolina “Cece” Bell is an American author and illustrator born in Richmond, Virginia. She attended College of William and Mary as an art major and went on to get a graduate degree in illustration and design at Kent State University. She became a freelance illustrator and designer for an array of projects before beginning her career as a full time author illustrator. Bell is married to children’s author Tom Angleberger. She won the Newbery Medal Honor and Eisner Award for her book El Deafo.



Read Aloud Tips

  • Introduce the book by flipping through and previewing the illustrations. Have students make predictions about what might happen in the story.

  • Encourage students to ask questions while you read.

  • Take some time to share with students the autobiographical nature of this book. Prompt discussion about individual differences and personal struggles.

Readers will empathize with Cece as she tries to find friends who aren’t bossy or inconsiderate, and they’ll rejoice with her when she finally does. – Kirkus Reviews

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