In celebration of Decatur’s “On the Same Page” reading program, ICS welcomed Newbery Award-winning author/illustrator CeCe Bell on Thursday, November 5th! CeCe gave an author talk to some of our students about her latest book called El Deafo, and she also signed books!
Cece Bell has been writing and illustrating children’s books for over a decade, but in her latest she refers to her own story about growing up hearing-impaired, after meningitis left her “severely to profoundly deaf” at the age of 4. In El Deafo, she tells her story in a way children understand and can relate to, and illustrates as a graphic novel with the purpose of using ‘speech balloons’ to “visually show all the ways a hard-of-hearing or a deaf person might or might not be hearing”, explained Cece to the attentive audience.
We want to thank our good friends at Little Shop of Stories book store for making this event possible.
This visit was part of a long bullying awareness unit that Ms. Lori and Ms. Scott have been co-teaching. As part of this effort, the 5th Grade students made ‘Warm Fuzzies’: ‘compliment’ bags that their classmates filled with anonymous compliments and little trinkets.