“And being different? That turned out to be the best part of all. I found that with a little creativity, and a lot of dedication, any difference can be turned into something amazing. Our differences are our superpowers.” – CeCe Bell, El Deafo




In This Kit You’ll Find:

  • 8 copies of El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • 1 copy of Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant by Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise
  • 1 copy of I'm Here by Peter Reynolds
  • 1 copy of the discussion questions (you may keep)
  • 1 Book sign-up sheet to keep track of books (you may keep)
  • Activity sheets for creating your own graphic novel excerpt (you may keep)

About the Book:

At age 4, meningitis leaves Cece with impaired hearing. This is a warm, uplifting story about how Cece bravely and honestly deals with being different. It is about growing up, learning how to fit in, and a book about friendships. It is also about what it looks and sounds like when living with severe hearing loss, while teaching us how to better understand and communicate with the deaf and hearing impaired.


You’ll Like It If You Like:

Comics & graphic novels, Inspiring characters, biographies, characters coping with diversity


Reading Level:

El Deafo, Read Together, Grades 4 - 7; Read Alone, Grades 5 - 8

Stand Straight, Ella Kate & I'm Here, pre-school - grade 2


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Fun things To Do & Explore at Your Book Club:

  • Watch the author, Cece Bell talk about El Deafo: Video
  • Our Differences Are Our Superpowers: Author Cece Bell writes, "Our Differences are Our Superpowers". Think about what makes you different, is this your superpower? Cece calls herself "El Deafo" & designs a costume for herself. On a blank piece of paper, design YOUR superhero costume and name.
  • What It's Like to Read Lips: Cece often reads lips in an attempt not to stand out. Watch this video by production company, Little Moving Pictures, to get a clearer understanding of exactly how tough it is to do.
  • Create Your Own Graphic Novel: Using the blank comic sheets (included in the folder), create your own short graphic novel about accepting your differences.
  • Research Meningitis: At the age of 4, Cece gets Meningitis Learn more about Meningitis. Explore this Kidshealth.org page.
  • I'm Here & Stand Straight Ella Kate Readers: Both picture books explore what it's like to feel different from other kids. After reading one or both of these titles, younger readers can also participate in the "Our Differences Are Our Superpowers" activity.

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