Cece Bell

Cecelia Carolina "Cece" Bell[1] is an American author and illustrator born in Richmond, Virginia. She attended College of William and Mary as an art major and went on to get a graduate degree in illustration and design at Kent State University. She became a freelance illustrator and designer for an array of projects before beginning her career as a full time author illustrator. Bell is married to children's author Tom Angleberger. She won the Newbery Medal Honor and Eisner Award for her book El Deafo.

Cece Bell
Born1970 (age 4849)
Richmond, Virginia
OccupationWriter, Illustrator
SpouseTom Angleberger

El Deafo

El Deafo is based on Cece Bell's own childhood as she grows up deaf. She wanted there to be a handbook for hearing people so they knew how to understand and communicate with deaf people without being disrespectful. It eventually evolved into graphic novel where children who were deaf could see themselves positively represented in a book. Cece uses the imagery of everyone illustrated as rabbits as a visual metaphor. When she was growing up, she felt like the only rabbit whose ears didn't work.[2] The title comes from the idea that she feels powerful like a superhero with the assistance of her Phonic Ear, the hearing aid she uses in order to hear her teachers at school.[3]


  • El Deafo
  • Sock Monkey Takes a Bath[4]
  • I Yam a Donkey[5]
  • Sock Monkey in the Spotlight[6]
  • Food Friends: Fun Foods That Go Together[7]
  • Sock Monkey Boogie Woogie: A Friend Is Made[8]
  • Sock Monkey Rides Again[9]
  • Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood: A Star is Bathed[10]
  • Itty Bitty[11]
  • Bee-Wigged[12]
  • Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover[13]


  1. "Cece Bell: How I made 'El Deafo' in pictures". The Guardian. August 4, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  2. The Guardian "Cece Bell: I wanted to show what it felt like to be the only deaf kid at my school" April 27, 2015
  3. NPR Staf "'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Deafness Into A Superpower" "All Things Considered", December 14, 2014
  4. "Sock Monkey Takes a Bath". Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  5. "I Yam a Donkey". Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  6. "Sock Monkey in the Spotlight". Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  7. "Food Friends: Fun Foods That Go Together". Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  8. "Sock Monkey Boogie Woogie: A Friend is Made". Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  9. "Sock Monkey Rides Again". Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  10. "Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood: A Star is Bathed". Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  11. "Itty Bitty". Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  12. "Bee-Wigged". Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  13. "rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover". Retrieved May 12, 2015.
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