Cece Bell is a children's book author and illustrator. El Deafo, her first graphic novel, is a slightly fictionalized memoir about her childhood, her hearing loss, her first crush, and her quest for a true friend. Her other books for children include the Geisel Honor book Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover; Itty Bitty; Bee-Wigged; and the Sock Monkey series. Cece Bell lives in an old church with her husband and she works right next door in a new-ish barn.
Cece Bell's book, El Deafo, was featured as ADL's Book of the Month in April 2015.
In this podcast, she talks about what inspired her to write El Deafo, the response she has received about the book from children and adults and why friendship is so central to her books.
Read a transcript of the podcast (PDF).
Go to Cece Bell's website.