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Author Profile: Cece Bell

Each month, we research our authors so that you can learn more about their background and how their stories came to life.



Where she comes from & where she is now: According to Bell herself, “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.”

Where she studied: Bell studied art at the College of William and Mary (the same alma mater as our YA November author, Josh Sundquist)!  She also holds a graduate degree in illustration and design from Kent State University.

You might know her from: Bell is maybe best known for her three tales about Sock Monkey: Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood: A Star is Bathed Sock Monkey Boogie Woogie: A Friend is Made , and Sock Monkey Rides Again .  Her book Rabbit and Robot won the Geisel Honor and El Deafo won both the Newbery Honor and the Eisner award.

When’s she’s not writing: Bell loves: “Plenty of sleep, dog-walking, talking to Sam, fun food, and, I guess, eating at Wendy‘s.” - 7-imp

Bell on writing: What makes El Deafo different from her other works: “I’ve been writing and illustrating children’s books for 15 years. El Deafo is not my first book. It is, however, my first graphic novel. I had been making picture books and early chapter books. I wasn’t ready to talk about my deafness just yet. I didn’t want to be pigeonholed as “that deaf author and illustrator”; I wanted to be known as “that AWESOME author and illustrator.” I needed to get a lot of books under my belt before I was ready to tackle my experiences as a deaf person. Perhaps now I will be known as “that AWESOME author and illustrator who just happens to be deaf.” That sounds OK!” -Bell

There’s so much more to know: I’m completely obsessed with this Guardian article where Cece Bell demonstrates her creative process for El Deafo  Read it and see it here.