Bio

Vintage art by yours truly. Worth about $1.40.

If you want to read a really detailed bio, check out this interview with Julie Danielson, of the amazingest awesomest blog, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. And take the time to read about all the very interesting authors and illustrators featured there, as well. Very motivationall. Envy-inspiring, too, though I try hard to keep off of that path.

You might also check out the Guardian’s detailed break-down of my book El Deafo here.

If you need some information for a school project, or so that you’ll have something decent to say about me if I’m coming to visit your school or library, try this out:

Cece Bell lives in an old church in Virginia and works in a new-ish barn right next door. She grew up in Salem, Viriginia and drank a lot of limeades at the Brooks-Byrd Pharmacy downtown. She met her husband, writer Tom Angleberger, at the College of William and Mary, where they were both art majors. Cece went on to get a graduate degree in illustration and design at Kent State University. She has worked as a freelance illustrator for all kinds of nutty projects, but is now a full-time author and illustrator. Her books include the Newbery Honor and Eisner-winning graphic novel El Deafo, the Geisel Honor-winning Rabbit & Robot, I Yam a Donkey, Bee-Wigged, Itty Bitty, and the Sock Monkey series. She has also created books with Tom, including Crankee Doodle and the Inspector Flytrap series.

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286 Responses to “Bio”

  1. Valerie Cox, librarian March 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    How might I go about scheduling you and your hubby to come to our school in Abingdon, VA?

    • Cece Bell March 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      Hi Valerie! I’m sending you an e-mail now. Thanks for your interest!

      • Danielle Struck (5th Grader) January 6, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

        Dear Cece Bell,
        El Deafo the real story of your life? If it is I feel very, very bad for you and hope that you didn’t take any of that mean stuff seriously cause every mean thing someone says is just an opinion. Although the story is by far my newest favorite! I hope that you will keep writing more awesome stories like these!
        Sincerely,
        Danielle Struck

      • Cece Bell January 7, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

        Hey Danielle! Aw, don’t you worry–it wasn’t THAT bad! I’m thrilled that you are enjoying the book, and please know that while I may have taken some of that stuff seriously as a kid, things definitely improved the older I got. I appreciate your kind sympathy, though! Hope you’re having a great year so far, and thanks again for writing to me (and for reading my book). xoxo!

      • Jordan February 21, 2016 at 1:07 am #

        Hi your book wS inspiring and inspired and did a great impact on the deaf community hope u respond back Thx

      • Cece Bell February 23, 2016 at 11:47 am #

        Thanks so much for your kind words, Jordan! I do hope the book has helped the deaf/Deaf community in some small way. All my best to you!

      • Kelvin February 26, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

        I’m stilling crying and can you make more

      • MELISSA May 21, 2016 at 1:07 am #

        I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THIS BOOK OUT IT WAS A WONDERFUL STORY I WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU THAT I HAVE A HEARING AID TOO BUT SOMETIME I DON’T LIKE TO WEAR IT BECAUSE I AFARID OF WHAT PEOPLE WOULD SAID TO ME BUT I WEAR IT BECAUE I LOST A LOT OF HEARING WHEN I HAD A STOCK LAST YEAR .I THINK THAT THIS BOOK WILL BE GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHO WEAR HEARING AILD .

      • Cece Bell May 24, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

        Hi Melissa, Thank you so much for your note. I am thrilled that you enjoyed El Deafo and that the story resonated with you. I was sorry to hear that you have gone through so much. I hope that recovery is going well for you. Don’t worry about what other people say or think–especially if the hearing aid is helping you. All my best to you and thank you again for reading El Deafo and for writing to me. Happy summer! xoxo Cece

      • Kalissa Janikowski December 5, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

        Hello Cece I am a student and i was wondering if I could have your email because I am also doing a report on you and I need some Background information. Thank You!!
        -Kalissa Janikowski

      • Cece Bell December 7, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

        Hey Kalissa! Write me back here on the website and I can answer your questions here, too. Thanks for reading!

    • Wendy collins April 26, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

      CeCe…El Deafo is a Battle of the Books selection for Chesterfield County Elementary Schools this year and the students are NUTS about it! One of my students, Illiana Castro, has tried to contact you to ask, “Are you writing a sequel to the book? I think you should!” I am the librarian at A. M. Davis Elementary in Chesterfield.

      • Cece Bell April 26, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

        Hi Wendy and Illiana! Thanks so much for your note! I’m thrilled to be part of Battle of the Books for Chesterfield County, and even more thrilled that the students there dig it. Illiana, I’m not 100% sure about a sequel to the book, though I certainly think about it often enough. We shall see! Thanks so much for reading and for writing to me. XOXO!

    • Emie December 4, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

      Cece are you going to make any more books. You should because I know everyone would LOVE them and I loved your book El Deafo.

  2. Kris Stelzig August 26, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    I am writing on behalf of the Larchmont PTA. What is the possibility of a visit to our school in Norfolk, VA the fall of 2013. I look forward to your response.

  3. Sharon Seward November 19, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    My daughter Elizabeth just read rabbit & robot and LOVED it. It reminded me of some of her sleepovers… We live here in Richmond and were wondering if we could meet you and or would you sign a book for her? Thank you.

    • Cece Bell February 5, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

      So glad your daughter enjoyed Rabbit & Robot! Alas, I live a fair distance from Richmond, but I will probably be there in October of this year, if not before! I’m hoping to set up a visit with bbgb, the small but grand children’s bookstore there!

  4. Mirinda May 16, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    Dear ms. Bell,
    I haven’t read any if your books, but I have a younger cousin who I know will go ballistic when she reads your cutie pie books. I am going to start reading them with her. I hope to be a writer some day, as I have had a few of my children’s stories published! Your stories are very imaginative and ADORABLE!!

  5. Brian Raby July 9, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

    Hello Ms. CeCe,
    Your picture was in Crankee Doodle and I loved that book. When I looked you up, I loved the pictures of your dogs. I can’t believe you are married to the author of Crankee doodle! I saw this and thought I would write you!
    Thanks,
    Brian (age 4)

    • Cece Bell July 11, 2014 at 1:09 am #

      Hi Brian! Thanks so much for your nice note. I am indeed married to the author of Crankee Doodle! We have a lot of fun together making books for cool kids like you. I hope you’re having a wonderful summer and that it is filled with cold drinks and fun books. Many good wishes to you and your family!

  6. Nick M August 24, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    Looking forward to el deafo—we are fans from your picture books for toddlers—my daughters name is Cece and my best friends last name is bell, so we are inclined to like your work—but it is great as well…

    • Cece Bell August 25, 2014 at 2:09 am #

      Another Cece! That’s cool. Thanks for digging the earlier books…there’s more of that coming down the pike soon, too. Thanks for writing!

  7. empireforpalpatine September 1, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    Keep up the good work! I was thinking of an idea earlier, you and Tom could do a double project TOGETHER! Not a separate project. Like Tom draws and you write! Or vice versa!

    • Cece Bell September 2, 2014 at 1:59 am #

      Believe it or not, we have done a project together—a picture book called CRANKEE DOODLE! And Tom’s going to be writing up a series of Early Readers that I will be illustrating. So look out for those at a later date. Thanks for writing!

      • Jordan February 21, 2016 at 1:04 am #

        Hi CeCe I read your book its inspiring u can really have a good impact on the deaf community well I hope u respond back Thx.

  8. Jill September 21, 2014 at 12:40 am #

    Hello, CeCe. I am always searching out books about kids with differences; one of my twin daughters, Stella, (age 10) was born w/ a cleft lip & palate. She has had (and will undoubtedly have more) hard times with all of her surgeries & kids ragging on her appearance. My whole family (Me, my husband, by daughters & my son) read this book & loved it. We all found your story to be uplifting & inspiring. I only hope Stella will get through these difficult years and emerge to be as confident and creative as you are.

  9. April Bell October 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    My mother bought your book for me, and I thought it was perfect. I am deaf/HOH (I tend to use the two terms interchangeably) and while I am now 20 years old and in college with lots of friends who love me and accept me for who I am, I will never forget the years I spent feeling just like Cece/you did in El Deafo. I had an even harder time than you did in elementary school, and am so grateful for the amazing friends I made in high school and now in college. Your book epitomizes everything I felt as a kid and often still feel, and I fully intend to ask all of my friends to read it because it sums up my experiences better than I ever could. I still can’t believe how similar El Deafo is to my life, right down to how I met my true friend (we went to the same school but became friends in fourth grade because we moved onto the same block). I just wanted to say thank you a million times over for this amazing book that just makes me feel even more thankful for the decisions my parents made and the friends that have repeated themselves over and over for me, and reminds me of how far I’ve come.

    • Cece Bell October 15, 2014 at 1:03 am #

      April, thank you for this thoughtful note. Just, wow. And isn’t it cool that we share the same last name! I’m so glad the book resonated for you…and wish that elementary school had not been so hard for you. Hooray for good friends along the way, and better times in high school and now in college. I think it would be beneficial for your friends to read the book—I wish I had something that could “speak” for me back then, at a time when I was just too overwhelmed to share my thoughts with others. Thank you so much for writing. I know you are gonna rock this world something fierce!!!

      • Juliana a May 1, 2016 at 2:51 am #

        I love your book cece bell it really inspired me and when I started reading it I fell in love with it.how did I now about el deafo ?well my friend loves to read comic books so I looked at her book because I love comic books as we’ll and so she showed it to me and I fell in love me and my family love to read it over and over.i really want to meet you cece bell!!!!

      • Cece Bell May 3, 2016 at 12:14 am #

        THANK YOU, sweet Juliana! I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying the book so much! Please say hi to your friend and thank her for sharing the book with you. XOXO!

  10. Beth Sanderson October 29, 2014 at 12:04 am #

    Hello! I am a middle school teacher in Arlington, VA. My students cannot get enough of El Deafo. I have several copies and they are always checked out…passed from student to student. Any chance you Skype with students? I have 40+ students who would love to chat!

    • Beth Sanderson October 29, 2014 at 12:09 am #

      I put a picture on your twitter 🙂

      • Cece Bell October 30, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

        I’m about to send you an email…and THANK YOU for the great picture on Twitter!

  11. sfbraceface November 1, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Hi Cece! I am SF Brace_Face from origamiyoda.com .(Ask Tom about me) I bought El Deafo the day it came out and LOVED it! I also entered the Showcase for El Deafo. Mine was the one with the Purple backdrop. Also, do you plan to publish a sequel about your later years? I would be interested in an El Deafo Returns or something like that! Thanks!

  12. Nicole Dawson November 10, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

    Hi Cece! I am a Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing who has had the privilege of supporting students with hearing loss in their mainstream schools for the past 12 years in Ottawa, Canada. We selected your novel El Deafo for our most recent book club where 4 students with varying degrees of hearing loss attend. We meet twice a week to read aloud, laugh and share experiences. I have to say that your book has brought out emotions and stories I don’t think we would have touched on without this book. Thank you so much for writing it. We would love an email from you or to hear if you’d consider writing another in this series. The students are already cringing that it’s almost over….
    Thank you for sharing your vulnerabilities and your talent with us Cece!
    Nicole Dawson

    • Cece Bell November 11, 2014 at 2:13 am #

      Hi Nicole! Thank you so much for your wonderful note! I am thrilled to find out that the students in your book club are enjoying El Deafo so much. I really appreciate that. Please tell the students hi for me, and give an extra-big hug to the four deaf/hoh kids for me. I’m certainly thinking about doing another one…but graphic novels are so slow to create (for me, at least) that it might be a while before a second one sees the light of day! By the way, my husband and I LOVE Canada and even spent a couple of weeks up there. Of course, we were a long way from Ottawa, but it was lovely nonetheless. I’m a big Anne of Green Gables fan, so of course we did P.E.I. We’re hoping to come back up some day. Thanks again for writing! It means so much to me.

  13. SustainableLiving December 15, 2014 at 12:39 am #

    Hi CeCe!! I JUST talked about you and your superpowers 2 weeks ago, then today I turned on NPR, right in the middle of an interview. I instantly shouted, “It’s CeCe, it’s CeCe!! I’d know her voice anywhere!!” I’m sure it was you! Huge congratulations on ALL your books!! I still have your elephant artwork framed and hanging in the library. You’ve always created such beautiful things, with a humorous twist. Thanks for sharing your genius with the world. JJ M.

    • Cece Bell December 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

      Thank you, JJ M! I’m getting ready to send you an email…Thanks so much for writing. xoxo!

  14. Danielle Melia December 15, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    HI Cece, I just saw your interview in SLJ. I am a librarian on Long Island, NY. I have a son who is 3 years old and hard of hearing and a 8 year old hearing daughter. I had no experience with the deaf world until my son was born. I also searched high and low for books for my daughter to help her understand. Thank you for writing El Deafo, I’m excited to read it. Are there any books you can recommend that you’ve come along for deaf children or siblings of deaf children to help them cope with their differences? Any chance you will write a book for younger kids? 🙂

    • Cece Bell December 15, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

      Thank you so much for your note! E-mail is coming…

  15. Katie Hager December 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Ms. Bell, I must say THANK YOU for your book El Deafo! I just saw the NPR article and am laughing and crying at the same time as you have captured my childhood perfectly in the two images shared in the article! I can not wait to pick up a copy of the book and know that although I often felt alone I am and was not. My hearing loss has not stopped me from my goals and dreams. Do you have any book signings coming up in the Maryland or Virginia area?

    • Cece Bell December 15, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

      Thank you so much for your note, Katie! I’m about to send you an email…

  16. ntrubovck Trubov December 17, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    Ms. Bell, I was listening to you on NPR just a few days ago and I really enjoyed your interview. But what REALLY struck me was how LOVELY your voice sounds.

    My mom was a teacher at the Ohio State school for the deaf and I just thought I’d mention that as an “aside”. She would, I’m certain, have been impressed with EVERYTHING that you have done and will continue to do.

    Nick Trubov, now in Fort Smith, Arkansas

    • Cece Bell December 18, 2014 at 2:10 am #

      Wow, thank you, Nick! That’s a very nice thing to hear. I would have loved to meet your mom. A lovely person, I am sure…based on your kind note, she raised you up right! Have a wonderful holiday and thanks so much for writing (and for listening to the interview, too).

  17. Maria December 18, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

    I am a children’s librarian and just finished reading El Deafo after ordering it for my public library, I just received it after all this time cause all of my patrons were checking it out! My “kids” love your book and recommend it to each other all the time.

    • Cece Bell December 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

      Thanks for your note, Maria! So pleased that your kids are enjoying the book. Have a great holiday season!

  18. Finny December 27, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    I just read this book and fell in love with it! A truely great storey

    • Cece Bell January 1, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

      Finny, thank you so much! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the book so much. Have a wonderful 2015!

      • Finny January 1, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

        Wow thank you so much for leaving such a nice comment! That made day and surely my year. 2015 as started off great!😊

      • Cece Bell January 1, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

        :)!

  19. Susan Betts January 12, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    We are a the Deaf and Hard of Hearing elementary school for Fairfax County. Our older DHOH kids LOVE El Deafo. Do you still visit schools? If so, could you please email me information. I know ALL our students would be so excited to hear you speak.

    • Cece Bell January 18, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

      Thanks for your note! I’m sending you an email…

  20. Kerri G. January 24, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    Our family absolutely loved “El Deafo” – we have a daughter in elementary school with type 1 diabetes, and there were so many parallels to what she has gone through. It was so relatable and empowering. We are telling our friends about it and have bought a copy for the school library. I was wondering if there are any books that were especially significant to you as you were growing up (as this one is to my daughter and our family)?

  21. Jamie January 28, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

    Hi Cece, I’m a librarian at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. I LOVE, LOVE your book, El Deafo. I felt like you were writing a book about me! I really appreciate you sharing your story. It’s amazing to know that there’s someone out there who had a similar upbringing, like wearing the dreadful auditory trainer. I will be attending the ALA Annual MId-Winter meeting in Chicago. I hope to meet you and look forward to getting your autograph!!

    • Cece Bell February 3, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

      I was so happy to meet you! Email to follow. You’re awesome!

  22. Brian Compton January 31, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    I am so honored to personally know the iconic authoress, Miss Cece Bell.
    Ms. Bell is also a gifted illustrator.
    Whenever I’m around her, I’m “book struck”.
    Keep up the great work, Miss Honey!
    – Brian

  23. Jolene B February 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    Hi Cece,
    I’m also a DHH teacher in Bakersfield, California. I sent an email to your yahoo address, but I’d like to know if you’d be willing to Skype with our students for our Deaf Author’s Day? I gave more info in my email and I’d be happy to tell you more!
    Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration!
    Jolene

    • Cece Bell February 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

      I promise to write you back soon! I am slightly overwhelmed at the moment, ha ha!

  24. Drew Hill February 6, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    Hi ms Bell I am your biggest fan! I read your book three times. Is it a possibility for you to visit my school? Is Martha real? Are you a big fan of sock monkeys? If so, you and my teacher have something in common. My class says hi. El deafo is an amazing book. Are you going to make a second book? We are having an el deafo book club in our class.Did you actually go to sign language class? Is ginny real? Is laura real? Did you eye get stabbed with a tree branch? I can not wait to here back from you!!

    • Cece Bell February 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

      Hi there! Thanks so much for reading my book…that means a lot! So…some answers to your questions: Not so sure I can come to your school, I’ve been so busy with other projects and with life in general! Martha is real! I AM a big fan of sock monkeys, and I even wrote and illustrated three books about my own sock monkey. It would be cool to make a second El Deafo but I’m not sure yet if I’ll do it. Thanks for having an El Deafo book club! That’s cool. I did actually go to sign language class…Ginny is real (her name was changed, though)…Laura is real(I changed her name, too)…and I really did get stabbed with a tree branch. Thanks so much for writing! –Cece

      • drew and Matthew February 11, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

        My friend Mat says hi. How are you? Do you have any children? I am going to read your book 5 times. and please make another book. my other friend said hi. Can you read lips? what color hair do you have? Is mike miller real? if he is tell I said hi!

      • Cece Bell February 12, 2015 at 12:53 am #

        Hi Matthew and Drew (and Mat)… Hello! I am fine, thank you. I hope you can stand to read my book 5 times. That’s a lot! Hello to your other friend. Yes, I can read lips. I have brown hair. And I am still in touch with Mike Miller, and so I told him hi for you. Thanks so much for writing!

  25. Meg Brinkhuis February 6, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

    Cece, I am sure you are happily busy with your latest Newbery Honor! Congratulations! I am an Elementary School librarian in Fairfax County, VA. We would love to host a visit with your and with your husband at a time convenient for you. I could probably get a group of FCPS libraries to host and fill your calendar for a week, if you were interested. Thanks for letting me know what your calendar looks like.

  26. Jenna Holloway February 6, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

    Hi Cece,
    My almost 2 year old ADORES your book Itty Bitty. We checked it out from the library and renewed it 4 times, and now 4 months later we finally had to return it. Every time we walk by the library return she says, “Itty Bitty, bye bye”. She was so cute when we read the book, had most of it memorized, and loved saying Itty Bitty’s quotes, her favorite part was saying “Oh, wonderful!”. Would it be possible for me to order a signed copy of your book from you? A weird request for a 2 year old, but her birthday is on February 12th, and I think that this would be the best gift for her, even if I must read the same book 3 times a day every day!

  27. Lisa Patterson February 7, 2015 at 12:36 am #

    Thank you, thank you, for sharing your story. My 9-year-old daughter, who is hard of hearing, adores El Deafo. “Mom”, she told me, “It’s so great to read about someone who is like me!”

    • Cece Bell February 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

      What a sweet note! Thank you so much for writing.

  28. Simone February 7, 2015 at 3:33 am #

    I think it is meet that you are married to tom anglburger and you are both wrighters. I am a fan of your book and my brother is a fan of toms books. 🙊🙊🙊

  29. reelgurlreader February 18, 2015 at 7:50 pm #

    Hello. I am a huge fan of El Deafo, it was so cool reading about a deaf person… I can relate to our heroic bunny because when I was three I got meningitis and almost went deaf. I used the same Phonic Ear system thingy you used. And I could hear the teacher wherever she went.
    I was wondering if you could come speak at my school in Oregon one day. I know the OR is far, but I think you speaking there would be amazing.
    I attend High Lakes Elementary, in a rural (and supacute) town in central Oregon. Please contect our principal Mrs. Herbalin. IF IT WORKS. Me and my girlfriends all love your books and I have awaited for El Deafo forever. I never got bored even on the fifth reread.
    Biggest question of all….. Did Laura (I know she is real with a changed name) really sic her dog on you? Was she really that pushy? I also thought that how the spelling got better was wonderful. Frenz became friends, pushee became pushy.
    Lastly, what type of music do you like? I love rap and R’n’B.
    Thanks.
    ~Yours Truely (won’t post my real name cuz of Internet safety.)
    P.S reelgurlreader is my name cuz this account was made to comment and chat with with the creater of Reel Girl, a blog about sexism in children’s media. Check it out!

    • Cece Bell August 9, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

      Hi again!

      Just realized you had sent me another note—and again it’s one that I had not yet responded to. More apologies are necessary on my end, and I hope you’ll accept them!

      I’m so pleased that the book resonated so much with you. We are very similar in how we lost our hearing, aren’t we? I hope that the book gave you the feeling that you are not alone in this…

      To answer your questions: Yes, Laura (not her real name, you’re right) really did sic her dog on me. And yes, she was really that pushy. And in a rather manipulative way, at that.

      My favorite music is probably what is now considered “E-Z listening,” ha ha! The Beatles, 60s pop by Burt Bacharach, a samba group called Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66…I also LOVE jazz piano, especially Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, and Vince Guaraldi, who did the music for a bunch of the Peanuts animated specials. As for rap/R&B…I am a big fan of OutKast!

      All my best to you! Thanks again for writing, and I really do apologize for taking so long to get back to you.

      Cece

  30. Hayley Brooke February 19, 2015 at 12:37 am #

    Hello,
    My name is Hayley. I am in a senior in college for Elementary Education and I am currently reading El Deafo in a literature circle for one of my courses. I absolutely love your book! It is great and my classmates and I have made some great connections to it! We were all wondering how you are doing today. Also, how old are you? We are very curious!
    Take care,
    Hayley

    • Cece Bell February 19, 2015 at 12:39 am #

      Sending you an email, Hayley!

  31. reelgurlreader February 19, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    Dear Mrs. Cece Bell.
    Me and my mum have sent you some fan art. We spent a lot of time on it!
    I love El Deafo and when I was young I had menegitis too. I am slightly hard of hearing and it is so rare for a boom to have a female deaf protagonist!
    When I was five I used a Phonic Ear. I feel so connected to you as a rabbit…
    In our fan art we have one by me and one by my mom. Jerry Bee and Blue Pig also appear. In mine I have El Deafo and True Friend and in my mon she has Mrs. Lufton and Cece in class!
    Your a amazing author and I love your work!
    Ta, Sophie.

  32. reelgurlreader February 20, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    Dear Cece Bell.
    Hello my name is Sophie and I am a ten year old fan of El Deafo. I loved it so much! Me and my mom are dressing up as El Deafo and True Friend for a local super hero run thingy.
    We have sent you fan art and I hope you like it. We sent a lot of time and Jerry Bee and Blue Pig heard me and jumped into the letter.
    I have a profound audio processing disorder and can barely hear people some days. It’s just like how you needed to lip read to understand. I can’t lip read yet and I don’t know how. I doubt I’ll ever be able to do it.
    How full are you for school speaking? I attend a school called High Lakes. Google it and contect the principal. IF IT WORKS!!!!!!!
    If you are booked then please don’t come. Only if it works.
    ~lots of love Sophie

    • Cece Bell August 9, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

      Hi Sophie!

      Please, please forgive me for taking WAY too long to get back in touch with you. What terrible manners I have! It’s already the end of summer…gracious, my apologies.

      Thank you for your VERY kind note—it is so much appreciated! I love that you and your mom dressed up as El Deafo and her True Friend for a run. Very cool.

      I did get your fan art and I LOVE it. Jerry Bee and Blue Pig are thrilled that you even know who they are! That doesn’t always happen these days!

      I hope you’re having a wonderful summer and that you have a wonderful school year when it starts up. Here’s hoping that it hasn’t started up already. Schools are opening so early these days!

      All my best to you, and please tell your mom hi for me, too.

      XOXOXOXO!

  33. Sarah Steffner February 25, 2015 at 1:41 am #

    My daughter “needs” a sequel to El Deafo! Any plans for one? She insists there is more to the story. For example, what happens with Mike Miller? And is there a deeper friendship with Giny? Oh, the burning questions….

    • Cece Bell August 9, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

      Thank you so much for your kind note. My HUGE apologies for not getting in touch with you sooner. It’s been a wild year!!!

      I need a sequel to El Deafo, too! Ha ha! I do have one percolating in my head, and perhaps someday I will get it all down on paper. But right now I am focused on meeting so many deadlines for other projects. It’s nuts.

      For now, it’s top secret what happens with Mike Miller and Ginny…hee hee!

      Please tell your daugher hi for me!

  34. Pam Bent February 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    Hi, Cece,

    My mom-in-law knows your family. Mom Bent suggested that I buy your book El Deafo and sent me an article about you from the Roanoke Times. I can’t wait to read your other books. If you read my Amazon Review, you’ll see that I plan to buy El Deafo and share it with other family members. You are amazing.

    • Cece Bell March 3, 2015 at 1:46 am #

      Thanks so much for writing, Pam! E-mail to follow…

  35. CAMILLIO March 26, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    hello where can I send you fan mail????????? I really like El Deafo

    • Cece Bell March 27, 2015 at 12:55 am #

      Thanks for liking the book! You can send fan mail to: ABRAMS 115 West 18th Street 6th Floor New York, NY 10011. Thanks in advance for the positive energy!

  36. Radhi Desai March 31, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    I am reading El Deafo right now and it is so creative and artistic! Where did you get these idea’s of illustration? Since I LOVE graphic novels, I will continue to read your books. Quick Question: Will you make a series of El Deafo?

    • Cece Bell March 31, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

      Thanks so much, Radhi! I’m not sure about a series of El Deafo books, but the thought has crossed my mind. I have a bunch of projects I have to finish first! Whew! Thanks again for reading the book and for writing to me! xoxo!

  37. Flo April 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    Hello Cece! I truly enjoyed reading El Deafo after a friend suggested me to buy it for my family. Even I consider myself as a culturally deaf due to a hereditary, I was able to relate with your experiences while attending a public school with a set of Phonic Ear as I did back in 1970’s. Only thing I remember about the Phonic Ear when it gave me such amazing loud static noises, LOL!! Of course, your candidly stories about friendships with neighborhood kids were the exactly what I went through while growing up, except we all used sign language. I will highly recommend your book, El Deafo, to my VR consumers with hearing loss, regardless their ages, for a such humorous perceptive!! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us out there!!!! 😊 Flo

    • Cece Bell April 13, 2015 at 1:29 am #

      Thank you so much for your kind note, Flo! I’m gonna send you an email in a second!

  38. Drew Hill April 17, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

    Dear cece bell, my class is reading el defo.That is our favirote book. why do you have bunny’s in your book? will you tell ginny i said hi?

  39. Alia May 2, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Hi Cece, I was just wondering: Will their be a second El Deafo? I really loved it! Thank you!

    • Alia May 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

      Hi again! Anyway one more question: Why did you make yourselves bunnies? I liked that idea anyways!
      Alia

      • Cece Bell May 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

        Hi again, Alia:
        Here’s an answer to your question about the bunnies: I wanted to show what it felt like to be the only deaf kid in my elementary school. I needed a good visual metaphor, and rabbits, with their big ears and amazing hearing, were perfect for that. Essentially, I felt like the only rabbit whose big ears didn’t work—I had the ears for show, but little else. Also, drawing the cords of the hearing aid so that they went above my head into rabbit ears (as opposed to having them go into my actual ears) perfectly captures how conspicuous I felt as a kid.

    • Cece Bell May 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

      Hi Alia! Thanks for reading the book and for writing a note to me! I hope there will be a second one but if there is, it will be a loooooooong time before it is available. Thanks again for writing!

  40. Brenda May 6, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    Hi! My daughter Isabella and I LOVED El Deafo! I loved it so much I was hoping to find a t-shirt at TLA (Texas Library Association) Meeting but I did not 😦 We need at El Deafo t-shirt so bad. Pretty please Cece Bell!!!

    • Cece Bell May 11, 2015 at 1:47 am #

      Thanks so much for this note! I really need to get on the ball with this! I’ll post something on my site if I can get my act together…thanks again for your support and interest in the book!

  41. Joy Olenick (@JoyOlenick) June 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    Thank you for writing El Deafo! I read it earlier this week as my summer #bookaday and it continues to stay with me. I was laughing out loud as a I am currently a high school Special Education teacher who has had her fair share of mic mistakes (even a deep, quiet sigh you thought was to yourself can send your student into a fit of giggles, not to mention a burp, sneeze…etc). 🙂 I want to high five Mike Miller! Seriously, if you still see him you should give him a high five for me just for being awesome! I also have been revisiting memories of growing up in rural Iowa in the early 1980s where I had two classmates K-2 who wore the Phonic Ear. I remember regarding the Phonic Ear and sign language as Jackie & Junior’s super powers because of how positively the interpreter and teacher presented both. I remember quietly observing the interpreter and buying a Sesame Street Sign Language book so I could learn and work up the courage to talk to Jackie & Junior at recess without the interpreter. I have reflected often on the path that lead me to become a Special Educator and my experience with these two classmates is the beginning of that story. It makes me a little sad that I had never considered what the school experience may have been for them. Both students did not live in our community but were bused I am guessing at least an hour to our big county seat town (pop. 1500) and included fully with the support of an interpreter/Special Ed teacher. I bet it was hard not having any of their neighborhood friends in class, having to ride the bus that long, and having to change schools again when their towns were able to offer them support. Your book did what great literature is supposed to do for a reader – make them laugh, make them root for the main character, see things from a new perspective, and use all of that to become a better person. Thank you for sharing your story!

    • Cece Bell August 9, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

      Hi Joy! Your note means the world to me. Just, wow. You’re clearly one of those teachers who make the school experience so much more positive for kids. Thank you for that! And I loved the story of Jackie and Junior. It would be really cool to find out what they’re up to now. That took more courage than you know to learn some sign so that you could talk to them. Maybe even more courage than I might have had in a similar situation!

      Thank you so much for reading the book and for writing to me and for being so #1 awesome. I’m thrilled that you like the book as much as you do.

      All my best,
      Cece

  42. hanah farahani July 23, 2015 at 5:14 am #

    hi
    I love your book el deafo it is a wonderful book it has gotten me through some hard times I wish you all the best
    sincerely
    Hanah ( age 10 )

  43. hanah July 23, 2015 at 5:28 am #

    p.s one of my real friends is obsessed with bunnies

    • Cece Bell July 28, 2015 at 11:34 am #

      Hi Hanah,

      Thank you so much for your kind notes!

      I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed my book and that it has helped you get through some rough stuff at school. That’s wonderful (not the rough stuff at school, but the fact that the book has helped you a bit).

      I’m hoping to write another El Deafo someday…but it’ll be awhile!

      All my best to YOU!

  44. Ikram Mohamed August 4, 2015 at 1:09 am #

    I LOVED El Deafo. I read like a jillion times.

    • Cece Bell August 9, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

      Thank you so much for reading the book a jillion times! I’ve never read anything that many times. WOW! Sure hope you’re having a wonderful summer. Thank you again for reading and for writing to me. xoxo!

  45. Jane Meechan August 4, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    Hi Cece
    I’ve just read about your shortlisted book on the Guardian website – congratulations! I work for The Elizabeth Foundation, a Family Centre with a pre-school for very young deaf children. We are in Portsmouth in the UK – if you are ever over in the UK on a book tour or holiday we would love to welcome you here to share you books with the children.
    With very best wishes
    Jane

    • Cece Bell August 9, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

      Thanks so much, Jane! I just sent you an email…Please tell the lovely kids at the Elizabeth Foundation hello for me!

  46. natalie coleman August 15, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

    Hi Ms. Bell,
    I have enjoyed reading the Sock Monkey books to my grandchildren – they like them too. I have yet to add them to my collection of children’s books (have been reading books from the library).
    Hopefully, I will have a chance to meet you in September @ the National Book Festival in DC.
    It was interesting to read in your bio that you attended William & Mary. One of my daughters attended W&M, also graduated in ’92 (majored in Linguistics). (Note: she was infamous for painting the 3rd floor walls of the Spotswood Dorm during her freshman year.)
    Continued success with your work. See you soon.
    Sincerely,
    Natalie Coleman

    • Cece Bell August 16, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

      Hi Natalie! Getting ready to send you an email, but wanted to thank you for your kind note here on the website. Best to you!

  47. Karen Buck August 16, 2015 at 8:29 pm #

    I have heard about you in “the MINI PAGE”! You must be famous! 🙂

    • Cece Bell August 17, 2015 at 11:03 am #

      Ha ha! Not too famous, I don’t think! Thanks for your note!

  48. Karen Marie Buck August 16, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    YOU ARE AWESOME! 🙂

    • Cece Bell August 17, 2015 at 11:04 am #

      I bet you are, too. Thanks so much!

      • Karen Marie Buck August 17, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

        Your welcome. 🙂 I first got on this site when I saw the name of the web site in the MINI PAGE! 🙂

      • Kayla Houghton October 4, 2015 at 12:05 am #

        Your better! 🙂

  49. Karen Marie Buck August 17, 2015 at 5:34 pm #

    Have you read the MINI PAGE ?! 🙂

    • Cece Bell August 20, 2015 at 12:30 am #

      I saw it! Totally wild!

      • Karen Buck August 24, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

        Did you see the one with YOU in it?! 🙂

  50. Kayla August 17, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

    Hi. Congrats on getting An award for “El Deafo” I wish that I had one of your fantastic books! :-((-:

  51. Kayla August 17, 2015 at 8:07 pm #

    Bye, I have to go now. 😦 I will see you tomorrow, hopefully 🙂 😦 🙂

  52. Kayla August 18, 2015 at 11:45 pm #

    Are you there?! 😥 I miss u 😦

  53. Kayla August 19, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

    Cece, how many books have you wrote?! I am VERY eager to know. C ya! 🙂 Your fan, Kayla

    • Cece Bell August 20, 2015 at 12:30 am #

      A bunch–maybe about 12 or so? Plus more coming out soon!

      • Karen Buck August 24, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

        Yayyyyy! 🙂

  54. Karen Buck August 19, 2015 at 9:16 pm #

    My sister LOVES sock monkey! =-)

  55. Karen Buck August 24, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    My sister says that she wants to (marry) SM! *gross*

  56. mikacomes2 August 25, 2015 at 3:43 am #

    Please tell me what candy I need to send your way for more Rabbit & Robot. Last night I joked with my 6-year-old son that I was going to send you an email after we were HORRIFIED to learn that there was only one Rabbit & Robot book in print. Tonight he asked if you responded…so I thought I better email you for real. Please, please tell us that a LONG series is in the works. I recently (and quite accidentally) discovered R&R at our local bookstore and I can’t believe how much our boys (6 and 4) have loved your book. Thank you!

    • Cece Bell August 26, 2015 at 12:53 am #

      You’re in luck! And no candy needed!

      I’m actually working on a second Rabbit & Robot RIGHT NOW. I’m doing the final illustrations which are due sooner than I’d like—October 1st. Ai yi yi. I believe the book will come out next year (sorry about the wait), but it sounds like your kids will still be young enough to enjoy it.

      I’m thrilled that they like it so much. Hooray!

      Please tell your boys hi for me, and thank them for reading the book, too.

      All my best to you!

      Cece

  57. Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway August 25, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Hi! I’m a linguistic anthropologist who studies, among other things, creative ways of representing sign languages in texts (such as interesting writing systems for sign languages, illustrations, etc). I initially bought El Deafo for my office library, because I love comics and because (although ASL is not central to your story, I’m interested in language and modality more broadly) your approach to representing your experiences with language is so effective and engaging. However, my 8 year old son picked it up and has claimed it as his own. He’s read it probably 10 times in the couple of weeks we’ve had it. He recommends it heartily to every single person we encounter. He’s hoping, by the way, that you publish a second volume in which you continue your story through high school and beyond.
    Anyway, we were reading it together last night at bedtime and we were commenting on how Miss Bun reminds us of Miss Bun from the beloved Sock Monkey series he’s had since he was a baby. Funny coincidence we thought. We seriously didn’t put two and two together until I was picking up a Sock Monkey book to read to his sister and we noticed your name on the cover.
    Realizing that you’re the origin of his favorite books as both a baby and a big kid, we decided we had to write and say thanks!! So thanks!!!

    • Cece Bell August 26, 2015 at 12:55 am #

      I sent you an email—-but responding here just in case you don’t receive it. This note is ALL kinds of awesome. And surreal. I thank both of you for reading the books! And three cheers for Miss Bunn!

  58. jwillisbarrie August 25, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

    I just finished reading your book El Deafo – had to send you my photo from grade 4 – Phonic Ear included. See Flikr https://www.flickr.com/gp/54944480@N06/XkDi7o

    • Cece Bell August 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

      OMG OMG OMG!!! I love these photos so much. That’s the exact model I had! And the smaller one you are wearing in the later photo is what I wore from middle school to college–with the noose around the neck, right? What year did you graduate from high school? We’ve gotta be about the same age. WOW. Can I share these pics on twitter? You were far braver than I, wearing it on the outside of your clothes. Well done!!!

      • jwillisbarrie November 8, 2016 at 3:29 am #

        Yes, I graduated in 1989 from high school. YES you can share on twitter.

    • Cece Bell August 26, 2015 at 12:53 am #

      These are so totally awesome. Thank you again for sending them along.

  59. Sierra August 27, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

    Hi Cece, My husband heard about El Deafo on the radio, and ordered a copy from the library. I laughed and cried through the whole book. Your explanations of why you hear things a certain way, and the need to see people faces to understand what they talking about is perfect. This book will be very valuable to many! I will be recommending it to my whole family and friends. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!

    • Cece Bell August 28, 2015 at 12:52 am #

      Hi Sierra! Thank you so much for your note, and for reading the book in the first place. And big thanks to your husband for buying the book. Y’all are awesome. I’m so glad you enjoyed El Deafo so much! Do you have hearing loss also? When you said you’d be recommending it to your family and friends, I wondered if you were going to be using it as a “manual,” which is how I’m using it these days, ha ha! Like, here, read this! It’ll explain everything! Anyway, you’re awesome and thank you again for writing. All my best to you!

      • Amanda Francis October 13, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

        I plan on using it as a manual! It’ll be helpful for my students’ classmates and other teachers to understand. I love the explanations and detailed lists of what to do but in a story-format.

      • Cece Bell October 15, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

        Thanks for reading the book and writing to me! The whole “manual” aspect is one of the reasons that I wrote the book, so I’m pleased that you’re thinking of using it in this way. –Cece

  60. Kayla Houghton September 18, 2015 at 11:03 pm #

    Are you making a second El Deafo? Ever?! 🙂

  61. Kayla Houghton September 18, 2015 at 11:18 pm #

    Would you like to help our school, by buying something really cool?! 🙂

  62. Kayla Houghton September 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

    What animal has a bill but is not a bird? answer: a ger – bill!

  63. Kayla Houghton September 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

    Get it?! 🙂 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  64. Kayla Houghton September 26, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

    I JUST CAN’T HELP BUT LAUGH AT THAT JOKE! A HA ha ha ha. Ahh that joke is so funny, Don’t you think?! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  65. Kayla Houghton October 4, 2015 at 12:02 am #

    Hey,Cece,were you popular in school? I hope so. Well,I’m not. Can you give me a hand? Pretty pretty please, with candy on top?! 🙂

  66. Kayla Houghton October 4, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    Please tell me how much candy I need to send your way for more El Deafo!

  67. Kayla Houghton October 4, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    Last night I joked to my friend but we were Horribly upset because there was only one of the books I mentioned above.Please, please please please, tell us that there is a very very very very very very very very very very very very, long series in the works! I would be SO grateful if you do so! Your friend, Kayla (age 19)

  68. Kayla Houghton October 4, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    Which is El Deafo!! 😦 🙂 😦 🙂 😦 🙂 😦 🙂 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-)

  69. Kayla Houghton October 4, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    HAPPY OCTOBER!!!!

  70. Kayla Houghton October 4, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    BOO!

  71. Kayla Houghton October 4, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    Congrats on getting an award for El Deafo! BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO YOU! Right?

  72. Kayla Houghton October 4, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

    Would you like to see a story that I made up?! 🙂

  73. Patricia October 6, 2015 at 10:57 pm #

    Hi Cece, I just finished reading your book El Deafo and I loved it.There is something I would like to know about the book. Why did you choose the characters of the book to be bunnies?

    • Cece Bell October 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

      Hi Patricia! To answer your question: I wanted to show what it felt like to be the only deaf kid in my elementary school. I needed a good visual metaphor, and rabbits, with their big ears and amazing hearing, were perfect for that. Essentially, I felt like the only rabbit whose big ears didn’t work—I had the ears for show, but little else. Also, drawing the cords of the hearing aid so that they went above my head into rabbit ears (as opposed to having them go into my actual ears) perfectly captures how conspicuous I felt as a kid. Hope this answers your question!

      • Patricia October 15, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

        Yes, it does. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer me. I hope you write a second book about the progress of your life as a teen and adult!! 🙂

  74. Amanda Francis October 13, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

    Hello, Cece! I am Teacher of the Deaf/HOH in West Fargo, ND. One of my students recently picked up your book, El Deafo, and is beyond excited to read it. I read him the first two chapters today and already he is telling me how much he can relate and how he feels the same way. I decided that we will do an author study; we will read El Deafo together and discuss it. We will also read your Sock Monkey books together and perhaps have Sock Monkey adventures of our own.

    You mentioned visiting schools or libraries. Any chance you’d ever travel to our neck of the woods? It’s a lovely place in Fall.

    Also, is there a direct address or email of yours? My student wants to send you a letter.

    Thank you!

  75. Jaevonte Allen October 19, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    Cece why did you make your bio in a graphic novel format?

    • Cece Bell October 20, 2015 at 10:29 am #

      Hi Jaevonte!

      The main reason that I believed the graphic novel format was the best format for my story is: SPEECH BALLOONS. They are awesome. They let me show the reader exactly what my character is hearing, or not hearing—-a very important thing to show in a story about deafness. For example, as I’m gradually losing my hearing while in the hospital, the speech in the speech balloons begins to fade…and when my character can’t hear anything, the speech balloons are empty. Speech balloons are a great way to connect the reader to experiencing exactly what I was experiencing, especially in regards to communication with others. Hope that helps to answer your question!

  76. Emily Moore October 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    Hi there! How might we go about setting up a school visit in NOVA? Would love to receive some information. Thanks! Our students would LOVE to have you (and your husband!) visit.

    • Cece Bell October 22, 2015 at 10:56 am #

      Thanks for your note and for your interest in hosting us at your school. Please write to us at ceceandtomhq@gmail.com and our assistant will get back to you soon. Thank you!

      • Gary October 24, 2015 at 12:05 am #

        How is your name pronounced? My grand daughter teacher said it’s KEY

      • Cece Bell October 27, 2015 at 12:35 am #

        Key? That’s funny! It’s pronounced more like C.C., or See See, or Sea Sea, or Cee Cee… Cece is short for “Cecelia.” Hope this helps!

  77. Mitzy October 31, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    My daughter and son just finished reading El Deafo and they absolutely loved it. We live in Manassas, Va and wonder when you would come to this area?

    • Cece Bell November 2, 2015 at 1:14 am #

      Hi! So glad your kids enjoyed the book. I’ve come to the DC/NOVA area a bunch, but am sorry to say that I won’t be there any time soon. 😦 I will, however, be at a Prince George’s County (MD) Library on Friday, March 18th–but this visit will be at 10 in the morning, and I think area kids will be bused in. Please thank your kids for reading it!

  78. Maiz November 8, 2015 at 5:19 am #

    Hello, Cece! I have a story for you that I think you might enjoy:

    Last night, my three sons (ages 6, 8, and 11) were reading in their beds. My middle son, Ruben, was reading his beloved copy of “El Deafo” for around the 100th time. I was in the other room, when I heard him shouting, “What the?! Mama! MAMA!” My other sons joined in with “MAMAAAA! COME QUICK!!!” I thought they saw a big spider or something, they were so excited, so I jumped up and hurried into their room. When I arrived, I saw Ruben sitting up in his bed with the book open to your bio. He looked at me in amazement and cried, “Cece Bell is married to TOM ANGLEBERGER!!!”

    He was so happy that two of his favorite authors had found each other!

    • Cece Bell November 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

      What a great story! Yes, it’s true…the two of us are married and even more crazy together than we are apart. Tell Ruben that if he reads the Origami Yoda books, the character of Caroline is based on me! There’s even a little bit of crossover between the stories told in OY and those told in ED. I’m thrilled that Ruben likes the book so much. Thank him for reading it! xoxo!

  79. Eva Wolf third grader November 17, 2015 at 12:50 am #

    Hi Cece, I am a really huge fan of your book El Deafo, and in my class we are doing a unit in Social Studies about people with special needs, and we need to choose a person with special needs to do a project in them, and I chose you. Please respond to this, it would really mean a lot to me.

    • Cece Bell November 17, 2015 at 10:03 am #

      Hi Eva! Thanks for your note. I am flattered that you chose me for your Social Studies project! I hope it turns out to be an easy-peasy assignment for which you receive a glorious “A”! xoxo!

  80. Charlie November 21, 2015 at 2:31 am #

    I have just read your book, El Deafo, and I have to say it was marvelous. There are no words. Except for the ones that you are reading. I am an aspiring author myself, and I have to say I just loved your way of writing and illustrating, one that I think will leave a mark on the generation of people that read it.

    Cheers! -Charlie

    • Cece Bell November 21, 2015 at 11:24 am #

      Wow, Charlie. Thank you so much for your kind words—-they mean a lot! I am so glad you enjoyed the book as much as you did. Glad to hear that you’re a writer, too. I look forward to seeing YOUR stuff some day soon! All good wishes to you and have fun with your creative endeavors! xoxox!

  81. Sonia Ivancic November 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    Dear Cece I LOVE El Deafo I think I read it 16 times! I am 8 years old and in third grade (like Martha! )I am wondering if Mr.Potts really broke your hearing aid? I really enjoy your books!!
    Warmly,
    Sonia

    • Cece Bell November 30, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

      Hi Sonia! Thanks for your note. I’m so pleased that you like the book so much! Mr Potts really and truly broke my hearing aid–at least the microphone part of it. He didn’t do it on purpose–but he wasn’t all that sorry, either. It was a major boo-hoo moment for me, that’s for sure. Thanks for reading my books–that means a lot to me!

  82. Sabrina Hemphill December 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    Dear CeCe, I am the lucky mom of two extraordinary Hard of Hearing boys, Torsten (4th grade) and Zander (2nd grade). I bought your book two weeks ago. Torsten read it 4 times in two days! I am reading it to Zander nightly. This book is a life saver! Torsten identifies with this book so much that he asked if we could get a few copies for his friends to read! Hearing ‘pie’ instead of ‘die’, not wanting to go to sleepovers because there is no way of understanding what is going on in the dark! This is Torsten & Zander’s life! And to be able to see it in a book from the perspective of a 4th grader is magnificent! I would like to buy a set of books for both of the boys classes at school! Do you offer any bulk purchase discounts? And I don’t know if you ever do visits to schools in Arizona, but I know my boys would be honored to have you at their school sometime! Thank you so much for writing this book!! Sabrina

    • Cece Bell December 15, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

      Hi Sabrina! Thank you SO much for your note. Your boys sound awesome and I am so pleased that they are enjoying the book. I do wish that they weren’t experiencing those slumber party blues, though. That’s rough. I’m going to share your note with my publicist to ask about the bulk purchase discounts, so you’ll probably be hearing back from me, or from my publicist, Caitlin. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your sweet boys! Again, I’m thrilled that it resonates for them and if it’s helping them navigate this tricky life of not being able to hear well, then even better. All my best to you and to Torsten and Zander!

  83. elisabethjohnson December 21, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    (This is Sadie Schuwerk 8 y.o. writing from her mother’s wordpress account)
    i just started reading your books. I wear a baha. It is my hearing aid. When I got a hearing aid, it was kind of weird. The phonic ear looks different than what I wear. Now I’m getting used to it. I liked your book because I could finish it. I liked how I could see the pictures and how El Deafo was moving her body in the book. I liked that you are the writer and it is about your life.

    • Cece Bell January 4, 2016 at 11:27 am #

      Hi Sadie! Thank you so much for your note! The Baha sounds really good. I didn’t even know what a Baha was until earlier this year–it’s really cool! I’m glad you’re getting used to it, and I hope it’s been helping you.

      I’m thrilled that you enjoyed El Deafo so much, and I so appreciate you reading it. Do you recognize some things in the book that are true of your own life?

      I hope 2016 is a great year for you! All my best to you!

      • elisabethjohnson February 28, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

        hi cece i like the baha it is awesome. before I got it every body were quiet. what time in your life.

      • elisabethjohnson February 29, 2016 at 2:40 am #

        hi ce ce. thanks for writing me back. What time of the year did you make the book? my baha is awesome. Before I used the baha it was weird. before i had it everyone was quiet. I told everybody that I was going to get the baha. When I had it I felt weird and happy like Cece.

  84. Cecelia Bronson December 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    I’m a big fan of El Deafo when my friend was reading that book I automatically wanted to read it she pointed out that it was by a Cece Bell and she thought it was cool that my nickname was in that book that summer when I went to the library with my grandma I was finally was able to read it and totally loved it when ever I feel like I’ve read most of the books in the library I check out El Deafo

    • Cece Bell January 4, 2016 at 11:04 am #

      Hi Cecelia! Thanks so much for your note! I’m a Cecelia, too…very cool that we share a nickname. I’m thrilled you’ve enjoyed El Deafo so much–thanks for reading it. I hope your 2016 is a great year for you! Best to you!

  85. Dear Cece,
    I just turned 9 years old. I read El Deafo and loved it! My younger brother loved it, too. I am wondering if you still think about yourself as El Deafo sometimes. If so, do you have any examples that you can share with us?
    Thank you for writing the book.
    Love,
    Stella (and my brother, Lucien)

    • Cece Bell January 26, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

      Hi Stella and Lucien! Thank you so much for your note, and especially for reading my book. I DO sometimes think of myself as El Deafo, especially in situations in which I have to be brave, like getting on an elevator or an airplane, both of which I hate. And also when I am rehashing an awkward conversation, and thinking about what I wished I had said… I hope that answers your question. It’s a good one! All my best to you both! xoxo

  86. Alex Sanchez January 19, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

    Me and my sister loved the book El Deafo. Will you be coming to Columbia, South Carolina anytime soon?

    • Cece Bell January 26, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

      Hi there! I will indeed be coming to Columbia SC soon! In April, in fact, for the International Comic Arts Forum at USC (April 14th through 16th). I’ll also be visiting a school and a library there as well. I’ll be posting about all that before too long, so check back in March for the dates. Hope I’ll see you in SC!

  87. Katy Barry January 19, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

    Dear Ms. Bell,

    My name is Djoude and I am in third grade. I have a lot to ask you. I wonder if you are famous? Also did you make the hearing aid? Do you still have the hearing aids? How did you get famous? If you are famous. What does Cece stand for? How many books did you make? Do you Skype with classrooms? Will you write a book about a nine-year-old birthday? I hope you are not too busy to write back. Have a good year!!!!!

    From Djoude

    • Cece Bell January 26, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi Djoude! Thank you so much for your note. I’ll try to answer your questions. I’m not really famous. Thankfully, no one recognizes me when I go to the grocery store. If they did, they’d be surprised by how sloppy an author can be. I didn’t make the hearing aid–it was manufactured by a big company in Denmark. I still have the big hearing aid I wore at school (the Phonic Ear), but I don’t have a lot of the other hearing aids I wore over the years. “Cece” stands for “Cecelia,” which is a lot fancier than I am. I have a lot of books out there in the world, maybe about 10 or so? I hope you have a good year, too! Thank you so much for your note, Djoude. You seem like a super-cool kid. All my best to you! xoxo!

  88. Elyse Twaddell (and daughter Sarah) January 23, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

    Dear Cece Bell,
    I am doing a report on you. I need to know when you were born.
    I like your book “El Deafo”. I think it is funny that you used your hearing aid to listen to your teachers go to the bathroom. I want to read one of your other books. Are you an artist also?
    Sincerely, Sarah

    (My 8 year old daughter was assigned to research a biography about someone who is determined and chose you. Both of my daughters (8 and 5) love reading El Deafo, and I loved it, too and shared it with my mother is a retired speech teacher for hearing impaired children, and she loved it too! We are currently unable to send candy on account of the snow here in Maryland, but hope that you will reply. Thanks, Elyse)

    • Cece Bell January 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

      Hi Sarah! Thank you for your note and for doing a report on me. That’s wild. I was born on December 26th, 1970…so I just turned 45. Can you believe that? I sure can’t. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the book so much! And yes, I’m an artist also, if you consider illustrators artists, that is. Please tell your mom hi for me. I’m in Virginia, so not too far from you guys! xoxo!

  89. Dan McKey January 25, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

    Dear Cece Bell,

    I am principal at two elementary schools in East Holmes in Ohio. I just wanted you to know that I Yam a Donkey was the winner of our district’s 2nd annual Mock Caldecott award! Our students loved it! Thank you for writing such a silly book that makes us all laugh!

    • Cece Bell January 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

      Thank you so much, Mr McKey! I’m so thrilled to hear that your students enjoyed the book enough to give it a mock Caldecott. That’s probably the closest I’ll get to the real thing, hee hee! Thanks again for your note, and for sharing books with your students. All my best to you and the kids at your school! And PS, I lived in Ohio for three years for graduate school and I LOVED it. Hurrah, Ohio!

  90. Charlie Roderick February 2, 2016 at 7:11 pm #

    Dear Cece Bell,
    Hello my name is Charlie Roderick. I am writing to you to tell you how much I love your book. At the moment I’m reading your book El Deafo. I am really enjoying it because it is a graphic novel and I like graphic novels a lot. Also because some parts are pretty funny and made me laugh. Also, many other kids in my class really enjoyed reading it too. I also really enjoyed how it’s not real animated people but instead it’s animated bunnies. Another thing I enjoyed was how it’s about almost all of her childhood and not just one small part of her childhood.
    Something I think that could be cool would be a second part when you are an adult and cannot be able to hear. Something I wonder is if every single thing in this story really happened to you in real life. Another thing I was wondering is if you actually got in a fight with your 2 friends because you were hanging out with one more than the other. Also I wonder why you chose or what made you have the idea for the characters in the book to be rabbits? Lastly, I was wondering if people really called you El Deafo.
    I also liked how it talked about what you did before you became deaf like, singing, watching TV, doing kids stuff and going for bike rides so we saw how much can change without being able to hear. Also before reading this story I thought that if you had a hearing aid then you could hear perfectly as long as it is on. Another thing I wonder is what age you started to notice that you could not hear so well. Another thing I wonder is if you got made fun of alot in and out of school because of your hearing aid. Also I was wondering, what made you inspired to write. Also did you like to write when you were a kid? Another thing I was wondering was how hard is it to be an adult without hearing. Also, I was wondering if you finally learned sign language. The last thing I wonder was how hard was school with not great vision or hearing. I just wanted to say that I really liked your book El deafo and that I am most certainly going to read your other books and I hope you make more.
    Sincerely,
    Charlie Roderick

    • Cece Bell February 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

      Hi Charlie! Thank you so much for your note! It is clear from your questions that you really read my book carefully, and I thank you for that, too. You are clearly awesome. So, some answers:

      • Every single thing in this story really happened! I just played around with my personal “time-line” a bit to make the story flow a little bit better.
      • The characters are rabbits because I wanted to show what it felt like to be the only deaf kid in my elementary school. I needed a good visual metaphor, and rabbits, with their big ears and amazing hearing, were perfect for that. Essentially, I felt like the only rabbit whose big ears didn’t work—I had the ears for show, but little else. Also, drawing the cords of the hearing aid so that they went above my head into rabbit ears (as opposed to having them go into my actual ears) perfectly captures how conspicuous I felt as a kid.
      • Other people didn’t call me El Deafo–just me. It was a secret nickname I had for myself.
      • I didn’t get made fun of, at least to my knowledge. The kids at my school were really nice.
      • I still haven’t learned how to use sign language, but I want to!
      • I didn’t write much as a kid. I mostly drew pictures.
      • Sometimes it’s really hard to be an adult who can’t hear well. Other times it’s great, because you can turn off any sound you want!
      • School was kinda hard, but I was a good student, and the teacher’s microphone really, really helped me keep up.

      Whew, that was a lot of questions! Not sure if I answered them all, but hopefully I did. Thank you again for reading the book and for really thinking about it. That means SO MUCH! xoxoxoxo!

  91. Jessie Sorensen and Risa Laib February 7, 2016 at 1:49 am #

    Dear Cece Bell,
    Hi! I am Jessie Sorensen. I am ten years old, and I am in fifth grade. I just got your awesome book! I LOVE El Deafo!!! I have read it five times already! El Deafo is my FAVORITE book! I like it because it lets other people who have hearing issues know that they’re not alone! It is a lot of fun to read, too! I also have a hearing issue. Your book comforts me when I am discouraged about my hearing aids. I am SO glad you wrote El Deafo! Thank you so much for writing it!

    • Cece Bell February 9, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

      Jessie! Hello! Thank you so much for your kind note. I am THRILLED that you have been enjoying El Deafo so much, and especially thrilled to find out that it resonates on a personal level for you. Hearing aids are both awesome and the most frustrating things in the world, don’t you think? But I am more grateful for them, than not. FIVE TIMES is a lot of times to read a book, so I am really honored that you’ve spent your precious time with my book. Amazing. Thank YOU so much for reading the book, and for writing to me. All my best to you!

  92. Laura Gordon February 17, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

    Dear Ms. Bell,
    I’m a 5th Grade Librarian to 12 classes at an expatriate school here in Saudi Arabia. El Deafo is one of the books on our Battle of the Books list and the kids love it so much! It is the book that is happily passed from one student to the next. They love that a memoir and a graphic novel make for such a great combination. Personally, I love this book as well. It made me laugh and reminisce about my own childhood in the 70’s. It sounds like we watched the same television shows!
    Thanks for writing such a heart-warming story about growing up. It’s a story everyone can relate to in some way.

    Laura Gordon
    #wildcatlibrary

  93. anikalivlife February 25, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    Hi I am a student at Saudi Arabia our library teacher emailed you and your book is on the battle of the books reading list and there are only 10 books! I read your book and it inspired me and made me smile.Thank you so much thanks to you I am going to wright my own book!

    – Anika

    • anikalivlife February 25, 2016 at 8:42 am #

      Laura gordon is my teacher by the way

    • Cece Bell February 25, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

      Hi Anika! Thanks so much for reading my book. I am so happy it has given you the “writing bug”! Very cool. Your teacher wrote to me, too. She is so nice! Please tell her and your classmates hello for me. Best to you!

      • anika March 1, 2016 at 3:59 am #

        no thank you I will be sure to say hi to my class!

  94. Illiana Castro, 5th grade, A. M. Davis Elementary School February 25, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    Hi I’m Illiana and I read El deafo. I am wondering if you are writing a sequel ?

    • Cece Bell March 1, 2016 at 2:23 am #

      Maybe someday! I’m still not sure I wanna do all that work, ha ha!

  95. Kelvin Mims February 26, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

    I’m so sorry for what happened to you;( I’m crying

    • Cece Bell March 1, 2016 at 2:23 am #

      Aw, it was scary then and sometimes it’s frustrating now, but it’s not too bad. Lots of things got better for me, and I’m probably a better person because of it all! You are so kind to feel so strongly about it, though. And I hope to make more!

  96. cate March 12, 2016 at 6:44 am #

    hi Cece I just finished el deafo and loved it. I hope you make more books like this. also was it hard not understanding the tv. wishing you love,
    cate smith age 10

    • Cece Bell March 15, 2016 at 1:29 am #

      Hey Cate! Thanks for your note. So glad you enjoyed the book. Yes, TV was hard to understand. Back when I was a kid, there was no closed captioning available, so that made understanding things very tricky. I love the captions now! Thanks for reading! xoxo!

  97. ps149library March 15, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

    Hello Ms. Bell!

    We have a question: How do you pronounce the title of El Deafo? Is it El DEFo, or the more Spanish-sounding El DiAFO?

    Thank you so much!

    Love, the PS 149 Sojourner Truth Library

    • Cece Bell March 15, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

      What a great question! I came up with this nickname as a kid, so it was closer to El DEFo. But El DiAFO would be cool, too! “Deafo” is certainly not Spanish…but I had a set of magic markers known as “El Marko” that I thought were super-cool…and they inspired the nickname. Thanks for such a great question…and much love to you, also! xoxo!

  98. Mimi March 16, 2016 at 1:57 am #

    Love your book, El Deafo! My cousin brought it and showed me, I read it and loved it! You story was so inspiring! Is Martha still in contact with you?

    • Cece Bell March 17, 2016 at 11:44 am #

      Thank you for reading the book! Martha and I are still the best of friends, and I will be going to see her SOON!

  99. Heather Wilcoxson March 29, 2016 at 2:41 am #

    Dear Ms. Bell,

    My son, Henry’s friend Lucy, is deaf, and El Deafo is currently being read in their kindergarten class. Several days after they started reading El Deafo in class, my son was THRILLED to discover your book at the Dr.’s Office on the ‘free-to-take’ shelf donated by Half Price Books. Every night we have to re-read exactly what Mrs. Jones read that day in class. Henry could not wait to read tonight, and when we reached the part about not being able to lip read a butt, my 6 year old was in stitches of laughter. We find your book both insanely funny, and extremely inspiring! We will be placing it in our Little Free Library to share with others (after we have read it several more times).
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us,

    Heather Wilcoxson (and Henry)

    • Cece Bell March 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi Heather! Thank you so much for your kind note! Henry and Lucy both sound wonderful. I love the idea of Henry re-reading the parts of the book at night that his teacher has been reading that day. So sweet. I’m glad he liked that crazy part about the inability to lip-read someone’s butt! Truer words were never spoken. Thanks for sharing the book in the future–that means so much to me. Have a wonderful day and please tell Henry (and Lucy) hi for me! xoxo!

  100. Doyeon-Myeong April 12, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    Dear Cece Bell,
    My name is Do-yeon- Myeong from South Korea. I’m ten years old, and I’m in fifth grade.
    when I became fourth grade, I had trouble with my friends,familys,and study. It seemed like nobody was understanding me. I pretended like I didn’t need a friend and dosen’t like having one. But deeply in my mind,I was lonely and sad for having nobody for saying
    ‘It’s all right.” or “thank-you.”
    fighting bad friends off my mind,and trying to be good in front of my family,(who didn’t like each other) I find a book named EL DEAFO.
    when reading an EL DEAFO, Cece’s story came to me as if it was my own story.I loved the book,and I wished to meet you.The author of EL DEAFO.
    Dear Cece bell,I want to say thanks for writing this book,the book that made me smile and made my friends. Last winter,I became a member of little orchestra.Because of this book,I went to the other kids first,and became best friends with two of them.
    After reading an EL DEAFO I made another dream of myself.
    I will write a book like EL DEAFO. A book that will make people heal themselves.
    please wish good luck to me

    sincerely,
    Do-yeon -Myeong,little girl from South Korea
    P.S:could you come to South Korea someday? I really wants to meet you

    • Cece Bell May 6, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

      Do-yeon- Myeong, I am BLOWN AWAY by this note. THANK YOU so much for writing it. I am honored that EL DEAFO has meant so much to you, and that it has helped you, too. WOW! Congrats on becoming a member of an orchestra. That is wonderful! I’m so proud of you for making new friends. I wish you ALL the luck in the world. All my best to you and your friends! And thank you again! xoxox Cece

  101. Erica Mejia April 13, 2016 at 3:14 am #

    Hello, we just bought your book (El Deafo), we read it every night the kids love it. They are both hard of hearing so they can already relate a lot. I wanted to see if you will be im the Los Angeles California area anytime for a book signing. Amd maybe a school visit to the kids Oral program for hardbof hearing kiddos 🙂

    • Cece Bell April 19, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

      Hi Erica! Thanks so much for your kind note! And even bigger thanks for sharing my book with your kids. I’m so glad that they can relate to it! That means the world to me. I’ll be in San Diego this summer in July (at San Diego Comic-Con), but not LA. 😦 Rats! Please tell your awesome kids hi for me! xoxo!

      • Erica Mejia April 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

        Then we will go to San Diego. Do you happen to have the dates? I will also look for them online. Hope to see you there. 🙂

      • Erica mejia April 19, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

        Never mind, i just went to the website and its sold out 😞 I guess we will have to wait. Hope to get updates on booksigning thank you 🙂

  102. Judith Bows April 14, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

    Dear Cece,

    I am a Librarian at the Inter-Community School of Zurich in Switzerland. The Swiss Group of International School Librarians have created a children’s choice book award as a means of promoting great literature and cross cultural ties within the international school community of Switzerland. We have named the award “The Golden Cowbell Book Award” and the different reading categories (young, middle and advanced readers) after various cow breeds found in Switzerland. We are happy to inform you that El Deafo was the winning book in our “Evolene” category. Though we cannot offer a monetary prize (beside the intrinsic knowledge that your work was a favourite of the many students (and Librarians) involved, we would like to send you an award letter and small gift of appreciation. Could you please send me a mailing address, so that I can get these to you? Thanks so much for writing books that keep our students reading!

    Judith Bows
    on behalf of the Swiss Group of International School Librarians

    • Cece Bell April 19, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

      OH MY GOSH! This is AWESOME! Evolene cows are gorgeous. I am so honored! I’m getting ready to send you an email. THANK YOU!

  103. some bad plankton April 19, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

    I just read the book, “I Yam a Donkey!” It’s hilarious! I’m thinking I might order it for our library.

    • Cece Bell April 26, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

      Thanks so much! I hope you do order it for your library, so that the kids who go there will learn how to speak Donkey…
      xoxo!

  104. Alicia April 29, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

    Hello Ms.Bell I am Alicia ! I have a couple of questions for you , and some comments for you. To start off with I love your book El Deafo , I love authors that just talk about there past and there childhood. Okay lets get started , Why do you like to write ? , If you could go anywhere in a book where would it be , and why ?

    • Cece Bell May 3, 2016 at 12:41 am #

      Hi Alicia! Thanks for your note! I’m thrilled that you like the book so much. I like to write because I like to make people laugh. If I could go anywhere in a book, it would be into the Secret Garden, because it sounds SO AWESOME and I want to be friends with Mary and Dicken and Colin!

      • Cecelia May 6, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

        I love your book. I have read it over and over again. The story is amazing. My name is actually Cecelia too!

      • Cece Bell May 6, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

        Hi Cecelia! Thank you so much for your note! And thank you for reading my book over and over again. That means a lot. It is always nice to hear from another Cecelia…it’s even spelled the same way as I do. Do you go by Cecelia or Cece?

        Thanks again for being awesome!
        xoxo Cece

  105. Rachel Brock April 29, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

    Dear Cece,

    My 4th grade class is going crazy for El Deafo! Almost every kid in the class has read the book, not because it was required, but because it has come to them highly recommended from their classmates.

    Our school places interest in literacy at the top of our agenda and is passionate about promoting a love for reading to our staff and students. Our reading specialists actually organized a Teacher Book Club for the staff, and our recent pick was El Deafo, so I was reading it alongside my students! (At our book club meeting, we also read I Yam a Donkey, and just about laughed until we cried!)

    I made some great connections to your book because I also suffered from some hearing loss as a kid. Mine was very minor and only affected one ear, but some of the things you said in the story really made me laugh because they’re so true! In addition to that connection, I also grew up in Salem, Virginia! What a small world?! When I was reading the book, I was looking really closely at your hearing chart, trying to figure out if it was your actual report. Then, I noticed that the address on the report was from a hearing facility Roanoke. In my excitement, I quickly posted it on Instagram and Facebook and discovered that we may actually have a mutual friend since we grew up in the same town! I felt pretty cool telling all my teacher friends that little fun fact. 🙂

    All this being said, my class really loves your book – everything from the humor and creativity to the honesty about your struggle. They’ve really connected to your idea that our weaknesses can become our superpowers. We would be honored to have you come to our school and speak, or maybe even schedule a Skype session for just our class. I know you’re wildly popular and in high demand, but whenever you’re available, we’d love to hear from you!

    Thanks for sharing your story with us!

    Rachel Brock

  106. Ms. Chan May 3, 2016 at 8:10 pm #

    Dear Cece,

    We love your book, El Deafo. It’s so funny and inspirational. It teaches us to treat people nicely even if they are different from us. We don’t need to point out people’s differences all the time. We can just like people for who they are. It inspired one of us to write about people being different from each other.

    Can you write part 2 of El Deafo? Please, pretty please. We want to know how her life goes. Please make more parts after part 2 as well.

    Thank you so much for writing El Deafo and other awesome stories!

    Love,
    Taggart School Book Club

    • Cece Bell May 6, 2016 at 10:01 pm #

      Awww, thank you! El Deafo 2 is percolating up in my head somewhere…but I’m not sure when I’ll get a chance to get to it! I hope to do it, though…just wish it would fall in my lap, all done and everything. Hee hee! Thank you so much for reading El Deafo–it means a LOT. XOXO Cece

  107. Erica Mejia May 7, 2016 at 11:38 pm #

    Hello Mrs Bell,
    I just wanted to let you know that the kids love your book EL DEAFO! Specially my oldest, right now he can relate to th first few chapters of the book, he is going into a new school and starting 4th grade with a complete new system and people. He also doesnt want to learn sign language as of right now. We are participating in the “Walk for Hearing” (this is our 5th year) and our team name is “SuperHEARos” i will make them little capes to wear with their shirts and my little one said he is going to be El Deafo lol. Just wanted to ask for your support/thumbs up so the kids in the team get a little more excited (its a 5k) 🙂 so if you could at any time email us or even a small little note in the mail 🙂 the walk is June 11th (saturday) here in Long Beach California.

  108. crizzle84 June 4, 2016 at 2:12 am #

    Dear Cece,
    My name is Molly and I just turned 8. I don’t know how many times I have read El Deafo. Every time we go to the library since I found it last summer, I read it. I love it.
    Molly

    • Cece Bell June 7, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

      Thank you Molly! You are awesome!!! I’m glad to know you’re hanging out at the library, too! All my best to you. xoxo!

  109. Trina Littlefield June 4, 2016 at 4:21 am #

    Hi Cece!! My 11 year old daughter brought your book home from the library… tonight I saw it on the bathroom counter and picked it up just to thumb through it to see what is was about. Well before I knew it is had spent the hour reading the entire book!! I thoroughly enjoyed it…. and so did my daughter! She is “different ” too…she is adopted. She came to me at the age of 5… and although she is extremely bright and wise beyond her years, she struggles with some emotional issues. I like that your book relates to some of the feelings you had because u felt different- hopefully she could relate to some of the feelings surrounding your differences from your peers, and also that with time you were able to accept yourself and realize that what you thought was your weakness actually became your strength! Thank you for sharing your story and helping others 🙂

    • Cece Bell June 7, 2016 at 10:32 pm #

      What a wonderful note! Thanks so much for writing, and especially, thanks so much for reading my book. (I have to admit I especially love it when I hear that someone has found the book in the bathroom, hee hee!)
      Your daughter sounds awesome and I hope that in some small way, El Deafo has helped her see how awesome she is.
      I hope you have a wonderful summer. Thank you again for writing to me and for reading the book! xoxo!

  110. Kate E June 8, 2016 at 5:28 pm #

    I am listening to your Longest Shortest Time interview and loving it. I lost my hearing to Meningitis when I was a baby and am now 33 years old. I’ve never heard anyone describe that FM transmitter box that straps around the chest! Can you believe what we were subjected to as kids, oh the torture! I wore it until 4th grade when BTE FM systems came out. I hated that with every single class or teacher I had to go to the front of the room with everyone watching me while I explained the microphone. And teachers peeing!? Oh yes! Swearing, peeing, private conversations talking about other students bad behavior…I heard it all. Nevertheless, I was an excellent student and heard way better than any other kid in the class so that was my “super power”. I ordered “El Deafo” and plan to read it to my (normal hearing) toddler and hope she enjoys reading it on her own as she gets older. Thank you for sharing your experiences, I really enjoyed the podcast and am excited to read the book!

    • Cece Bell June 11, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

      Wow, Kate–YES!!! Sounds like we had almost the exact same experiences! I’m thrilled that you listened to the podcast and enjoyed it. I hope you’ll like the book…I imagine at least some of it will be familiar to you, for sure. AND thank you for sharing the book with your toddler, too. You’re clearly awesome. It’s always wonderful to gain a new friend who “gets it” simply because they live it. All my best to you, xoxoxo!

  111. Joanna Kulik June 12, 2016 at 1:41 am #

    Have you ever had a best friend share a quote from a book with you, a book you’ve both read and loved? And you both burst out laughing, feeling the thrill that comes from having your friend know you so well? When the shared love of a book signifies how much you and your friend really get each other? I just had that moment for the first time with my 7-year-old daughter. The book was “El Deafo”. Thank you so much for creating this beautiful book!

    • Cece Bell June 15, 2016 at 11:55 am #

      Aw, I love this! Thanks so much for sharing such a positive reaction to the book. That you had this experience (I know it well) with your own kid makes it all the more special. Thank you for reading the book! Means a lot. All my best to you and your daughter! xoxo!

  112. Annalee Thorn June 17, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

    “El Deafo” has to be my favorite book. I read all 233 pages in 3 hours and it was amazing. I loved the book so much and I’m absolutely will read it again sometime this summer.

    • Cece Bell June 21, 2016 at 11:06 am #

      Hi Annalee! Thanks so much for reading the book–I’m so glad you liked it enough to think about reading it again sometime this summer! Hope it’s been a great summer for you thus far. All my best to you! xoxo!

  113. Jenefer R June 30, 2016 at 12:17 am #

    Hello Cece:

    Do you do Skype visits? My summer bridge program is reading your book El Deafo and my co-teacher and I would love to set something up!

    • Cece Bell August 16, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

      Jenefer, hello! My sincere apologies–I was taking a bit of a breather from my website this summer. Seeing that summer is just about up, I’m guessing that I’ve responded too late to set up a Skype visit with your students. I hope you had a great program, though! All my best to you!

  114. Deborah Cohen July 3, 2016 at 4:00 am #

    Hi Cece, I loved your presentation not long ago at Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC. It was so inspirational and fun! I’m starting a mobile bookstore for kids up in Montgomery County, MD. It’s called the Story House: Bookstore on Wheels. I am getting the word out about it and our current Kickstarter. http://bit.ly/WPostStoryHouse

    • Cece Bell August 16, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

      Hi Deborah! Thanks so much for your note and for your kind words about the Guild presentation. The Story House sounds amazing! Were you able to raise enough money? I was taking a bit of a break from my website this summer, so my apologies for not writing back sooner. All best to you, and have fun with the bookstore and with your writing!

  115. jwillisbarrie July 3, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

    I am 47 now and still remember those fm systems at school. I have bought 2 of El Deafo. One for me and one to pass alng. Came across another writer that is writing stories. I look for these stories.
    http://www.munkymind.com/blog/2016/07/02/secret-signs-part-one/

    • Cece Bell August 16, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

      Hi there! Thanks so much for your note. I’m 45 so we must have had the same FM systems! Thanks for reading the book and for buying a couple of copies–I really appreciate that. And thanks for sharing munkymind’s site with me–awesome stuff! All my best to you!

  116. Sara. B July 6, 2016 at 2:55 am #

    I LOVE El deafo it is such a great book my favorite part is when You and Martha become friends You are so awesome

    • Cece Bell August 16, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

      Sara, thank you so much for your note and for reading the book! YOU are the awesome one!

      • Hana January 17, 2017 at 1:30 am #

        oh i forgot i went throw your replys and some comments and i see that a lot of people loved your book el deafo do you have any more seires of something like el deafo????? because this book just blowes everyones mind so pleas can you answer sone (;(;(;

  117. Angela Barnes July 14, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

    Hi Cece! I just finished reading you book, El Deafo, and as a child growing up in the mid 70’s hearing impaired, I really wished that I had known you or someone like you. Everything I read very much resonated with me. I am hard of hearing (100 db loss) and wear bilateral aids. I cannot tell you how much everything you wrote in El Deafo bordered my own experiences, from dealing with family members, relationships with peers, difficulty making friends, being understood by teachers, feeling different while trying to fit in, trying to discover my own superpower and accepting myself for who I am. I think you are my new hero and wannabe BFF! Thanks for such a candid, well-written novel and I hope one day to meet you!
    Angela B

    • Cece Bell August 16, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

      WOW! Angela B, you rock. I wish I had known someone like YOU back then, too! I really appreciate you reading my book and I’m so glad it resonated with you in a positive way. I hope to meet you someday, too. Wannabe BFFs 4-evah! All my best to you. You’re awesome. xoxo!

  118. Kristi Schmidt July 14, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

    Hello! I am on the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) planning committee for the English/Literacy Edcamp that is occurring in Frederick County, MD on July 22, 2016. As part of our day, we are going to have ten-minute author Skypes or Google Hangouts, whichever the author prefers. We’d love to schedule you! (Plus, you and your husband came very highly recommended by the ladies from NerdCamp!) The format would be question and answer, starting with a few general questions that our team will prepare in advance (likely something that ties into our EdCamp theme of “Why I Read” or “Why I Write”) with an opportunity for questions from the audience at the end.

    We would certainly be thrilled to have you join us via a ten-minute Skype for what promises to be an incredible day of learning! Thank you for your consideration!

    • Cece Bell August 16, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

      Kristi, my apologies for not writing back to you sooner. I sorta blanked out and took a break from my website over the summer…again, my apologies. I hope the Edcamp was a blast and that your summer has been lots of fun. Thank you so much for considering me for this–that means a lot. All my best to you!

  119. Lily July 25, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

    Hi Cece! I read your book “el deafo” and it was great! I love the way you used rabbits instead of people, it was cute. And your pictures were amazing!

    • Cece Bell August 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

      Hi Lily! Thank you so much for your kind note and for reading my book! I’m thrilled you like the pictures, that means a lot. XOXOXO!

  120. saffron August 3, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    Dear CeCe
    We really loved your book El Deafo! My brother William (8) read it for his Summer Library Read Challenge and he kept giggling as he read it. So I asked my mummy to read it to me and I love it! I am 5 years old called Saffron. I like the picture on the back of the book where you have your heardbg age, I think you look 6 years old, is that right?
    from Saffron Isabella (Suffolk Great Britain)

    • Cece Bell August 16, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

      Hi Saffron Isabella! Thank you so much for your sweet note and especially for reading the book. I’m thrilled that you like it and I’m also happy that it made your brother giggle. It’s always amazing to receive notes from folks “across the pond”–how neat to connect with folks who are so far away! Please thank your mummy for me for reading the book to you. I always find it a little bit difficult to read comics out loud, so big kudos to her. Oh yeah–I do think I’m about 5 or 6 years old in the picture in the back of the book–good call! Thank you again for reading the book and for writing to me! And please tell William hello! All my best to you! xoxo

  121. Fredy (5th grader) August 10, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

    I really loved the El Deafo book. Thank you for writing a really good book.

    • Cece Bell August 16, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

      Fredy, thank you so much for reading the book and for writing to me! I hope you’ve had an amazing summer. All my best to you! xoxo!

  122. Susannah prinz August 10, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

    Hi Cece! My daughters (6 &8) LOVE El Deafo! My 8 year old is profoundly deaf and wears cochlear implants. We’ve bought El Deafo for lots of her friends & for her school so that others can understand having hearing loss. (Here is a video of her talking about her implants https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BPAR7LSAJQ) Is there a PO Box where we can send you a letter? She wrote you one. 🙂 Thanks in advance!

    • Cece Bell August 16, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

      Hi Susannah! Thank you so much for your amazing note and for sharing the video of Monrovia (and Ruby, too!). Adorable! And clearly awesome. I also very much appreciate your sharing El Deafo with Monrovia’s friends and school. I’m so sorry that it’s taken me so long to get back in touch with you–my head was in the clouds this summer and I neglected to check my website as frequently as I should. Please tell Monrovia and Ruby hi for me! And give them a hug, too. Monrovia can write to me here, if she likes, or she can send mail to my publisher at ABRAMS, 115 West 18th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10011. That is so nice of her! All my best to you (a great mama) and to your great daughters. xoxo!

  123. jwillisbarrie August 16, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

    I am 47 and had one of those FM systems as well in school.
    I have purchased one book for me and passed along 2 others.

  124. MJ (6th grader) August 23, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

    Hi!!!!! I read El Deafo and I loved it I actually am from the UK and I loved your book so much that I decided to track down your website and send a message. I could actually relate to you very much even though I am not deaf. Thank YOU I wish one day you could ever come to the Uk. xx xxx xx

  125. MJ (6th grader) August 23, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

    I LOOOVE el deafo its sooooo inspiring

    • Cece Bell August 23, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

      Hi MJ! Thank you so much for your kind comments…and from the UK, no less! That is pretty awesome. I’m thrilled that you like El Deafo so much…I sure hope I can come to the UK some day. I’ve always wanted to, that’s for sure. Thank you again for writing to me, and especially for reading the book. I’m thrilled that you’ve been able to relate to it! XOXO!

  126. Dawn Alexander August 23, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

    Hi Cece! I read that you are booked to the gills, but I know you’ll be at GMU’s FFTB. We’re in the Fairfax neighborhood and would love to talk with you about a side visit to our school, We have an AMAZING DHOH program at Frost MS, http://www.fcps.edu/FrostMS/ and so many students that would love a visit from you. Please touch base if you think this might be a possibility. Thank you so much for considering it! Dawn Alexander, Librarian

    • Cece Bell August 24, 2016 at 10:39 am #

      Hi Dawn,

      Thanks so much for your note. I’m writing back to let you know that I got it…and let me think about this request for a bit. I need to look over my calendar, etc but I will get back to you very soon—will aim for the end of this week. I tried to email this response but my note was returned, I think for internet safety reasons. My email address is cecebell@yahoo.com, so perhaps you could write me there. Thanks so much for your interest. I’m very much looking forward to FFTB!

      All my best,

      Cece

  127. A fan September 16, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    Cece your book inspired me SO much. I read it all the time and you are a awsome person.

  128. Brooke November 13, 2016 at 10:53 pm #

    Cece what is your middle name

  129. Ella December 5, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

    Are you goimg to make another book if so let me know

  130. Carmen Zeisler December 7, 2016 at 10:26 pm #

    Hello! I just wanted to send you a note to tell you the IMPACT you have had one several of my students, but one in particular! I teach 5th grade, but I have a student who reads on a 1st/2nd grade reading level. I taught her last year in 4th grade, but this year she has just blossomed into a READER. She has fallen in love with reading. It has been amazing to watch. She has read every Mo Willems book there is and moved on to some Henry and Mudge books, and I told her that I thought it would be a good idea to challenge herself a bit more! She asked if she could read El Deafo because several kiddos in the class had read it. I said FOR SURE. I can’t tell you how fun it has been to watch this student so engaged in the book. We would conference every few days and she knew everything that was happening in the story and just loving every moment of it. YESTERDAY she took the book out at recess and had TWO pages when she came back in…she asked if she could finish … YES YES YES. So she sat in our comfy chair and finished reading. Once she finished I asked her how she felt…she said, “I feel so amazing….I just read a BIG kids book! I love the characters! I know so much more about the characters because there were so many pages! I feel like I am a READER.” …I almost started crying (I might be crying right now!). SO thank YOU so much for your story…thank you…you have made a life long impact on this kiddo! Blesings, Carmen

    • Cece Bell December 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

      Words fail me. THANK YOU for sending me such a heart-warming note. Wow.

  131. Hana January 17, 2017 at 12:48 am #

    dear ce ce i loved el deafo it was so intresting that i read it 2 times one in french and one in english too and once you read a chapter you really want to read the rest of the book !!!!!!! and each time i see that book i ask if i can read it or if i am in the library i take it even if you read it a couple of times its still intresting and fun i think it will be the winner for this year. for the Y.R.C.A witch means young. readers. chose. award. i know you well be first for 2016 \ 2017 and for ever and ever. BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Cece Bell January 17, 2017 at 6:10 pm #

      Thank you so much for your sweet comments! How impressive that you were able to read El Deafo both in French and in English. That’s something I surely couldn’t do. What a cool superpower to have! That would be wild, to be the winner of the YRCA–thanks for thinking I might win such a cool award. I’m not sure if there will be a second El Deafo, but I’m working on plenty of other fun stuff. All my best to you! xoxox

  132. Sarah Jankowski January 17, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    Hi Cece
    My daughter is reading your book and boy does she feel a very strong connection to you as a young girl. She asked me to find out if you how you contracted Meningitis? Was it from Cholestetoma?

    Thank you for your awesome book, to have something like this out there that my daughter can relate to and feel like someone out there really understands her well it really touches my heart

  133. Saffron Law April 4, 2017 at 2:20 am #

    Dear Cece Bell,

    I love your books they are so interesting when I start reading I cannot stop, in my school now one of your books, I yam a donkey, is very famous.

    from,

    Saffron law,

    RCHK,
    Hong Kong

    • Cece Bell April 4, 2017 at 10:14 am #

      Hi Saffron! What a cool note to receive——all the way from Hong Kong! Thank you so much for reading my books. I am so glad you are finding them interesting! ALL my best to you!

  134. Molly May 3, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

    Hi CeCe i loved El’deafo it is my most favorite book and i read your book and it was very inspiring and i have been bullied and i just pushed through it and right now i think of bullys just as haters :3

  135. JOVIE PUSCHMANN May 12, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

    I LOVE EL DEAFO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Cece Bell May 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm #

      THANK YOU, JOVIEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! XOXO!

  136. JoJo May 21, 2017 at 12:53 am #

    was Fluffy Real?

    • Cece Bell May 29, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

      If you’re talking about Fluff, then yes! But he had a different name…

  137. Luis June 21, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

    I LOVE THE BOOK EL DEAFO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EL DEAFO IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  138. Luis June 26, 2017 at 1:56 am #

    Are you going to make a second book? If you are, let me know.

  139. JoJo July 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    was fluff boy or girl?

  140. Carolina Gonzalez September 16, 2017 at 3:22 am #

    Dear Cece Bell , 9/15/17 Walker Elementry school

    Your books are amazing. I couldn’t expect anything better. It is already the best writing to exist.Your book is like a lesson to me. Thanks to “El Defo”, I changed my mind about what I thought about myself. Your books are awesome. Hopefully you make more books. If you do, tell me!! PLEASE!!!!!! While I write this, I am crying because how can I complain and feel bad about myself when others have it worse than me??

    With all my heart,
    Carolina Gonzalez

    P.S. I’m your biggest fan.

    • Cece Bell September 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

      Hi Carolina!

      Thank you so much for your kind note. So sweet! I really appreciate your empathy. It’s sensitive folks like you who make the world a better place.

      I’m thrilled that you’ve enjoyed my books, and especially El Deafo, so much. That means a lot!

      I hope you’re having a great school year so far, and that you’re finding lots and lots of great books to read.

      Happy reading and thank you again!

      Cece

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