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Joy Steuerwald

JOY STEUERWALD has loved drawing and creating stories ever since she was awarded chocolate as first prize in her 3rd grade art contest. Joy graduated from San Jose State’s animation and illustration program  and has illustrated for the educational, the giftware, and children’s book publishing industries. Joy sketches in pencil and uses Photoshop to add texture and color. When not in her studio, she can be found raising Monarch butterflies, growing vegetables, and hiking in the wild outdoors. Joy and her husband live the Bay Area with their brilliant son and a rescue pup named Olive.

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Joy’s Bookshelf:

by Joy Steuerwald | Nancy Paulsen Books | 2024

by Joy Steuerwald | Nancy Paulsen Books | 2019

“Steuerwald’s debut as both author and illustrator is an excellent, gently told addition to anti-bullying, adoption, and individuality storytimes. The adorable piglets (and dachshund pup) . . . are expressive and distinct, with a look that strikes the right balance between cartoon and realism. The bullying never rises beyond giggles at Penny’s differences, making this a good conversation starter even for the youngest audiences. Look forward to more from Steuerwald; Penny the puppy piglet is perfection.”
— Kirkus starred review ★

“Kids will enjoy recognizing Penny as a dog, either by visual clues or through her loud, peculiar oink: ‘Arff woof WOOF!!’ Steuerwald creates a series of pleasing illustrations. . . . An amiable read-aloud choice for young children.”

“Young listeners will delight in pointing out that one of her piglets is, in fact, a puppy. They will join the other piglets in pointing out its peculiar habit of barking and digging with its paws instead of its snout. . . . The adorable pink and black piglets and cartoon illustrations of farm life are the perfect setting for discussing adoption and being different with the very young. A fun read-aloud with a sweet and positive message.”
School Library Journal

“Steuerwald’s hand-drawn and digitally colored illustrations are playful and lighthearted yet still convey the confusion and hurt Penny feels when she is ostracized by her siblings. The joy their acceptance brings Penny is evident in the final spread when she is surrounded by the piglets as they attempt to emulate Penny’s barks. . . . This sunny barnyard story with love and acceptance at its heart is pitchperfect for younger audiences and provides a gentle lead-in for conversations about inclusion.”
The Horn Book

illus. by Joy Steuerwald | Cottage Door Press | 2020

by Emily Arrow
illus. by Joy Steuerwald | Cantana | 2019

by Rosalee Wren
illus. by Joy Steuerwald | Cottage Door Press | 2018

by Jaye Garnett
illus. by Joy Steuerwald | Cottage Door Press | 2016

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