Meet “The Peculiar Pig” by Joy Steuerwald

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In Conversation with Joy Steuerwald, Debut Picture Book Author and Illustrator of THE PECULIAR PIG

Joy Steuerwald Illustration

Hey there!

Our guest today is a children’s illustrator and designer, Joy Steuerwald.  The Peculiar Pig is her first book as an author. It’s a  sweet, funny story of a dachshund puppy who learns it is fine to be different from her piglet siblings.

Joy has illustrated many board books previously. She has also illustrated for children’s magazines. She has a miniature, red hair Dachshund who is her muse and an inspiration for the book.

If you love meaningful picture books, vibrant colorsand beautiful illustrations, this is an interview which you will definitely want to listen. So grab a cup of hot chocolate, tune in and let the conversation begin!


More about the Author

 Joy Steuerwald JOY STEUERWALD found herself drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil. So winning her first art contest in 3rd grade just sealed her fate; Joy was destined to be an illustrator. She graduated from San Jose State’s animation and illustration program with a Bachelor of Science Degree and has created art for the educational market, the giftware industry, and children’s book publishing. Joy sketches in pencil then use Photoshop to add textures, details, and color to create art that is playful and fresh. Her muse is a miniature, red, short-haired Dachshund who has been joined by a small, human boy.
Connect with Joy Steuerwald on her website
Check out some of the wonderful illustrations by Joy at her agent’s website

Learn more about The Peculiar Pig

There was a different sort of piglet in the pigpen one cool spring morning.

The Peculiar Pig by Joy SteuerwaldThat “different” one is named Penny, and she’s really not a piglet at all . . . she’s a puppy. A puppy who gets longer and longer as her piglet siblings get bigger and bigger. Penny doesn’t understand why she’s different – she only knows that Mama Pig loves her just the same as the rest of the litter. Penny’s siblings are baffled by her peculiar behavior – like digging with her paws instead of her snout, and especially her loud, sharp oink. Good thing Penny likes all the sounds she can make, and when danger strikes and her peculiarities prove to be strengths, the piglets see that sometimes it’s good to be a little different!

Get your copy of The Peculiar Pig on Amazon!



In this episode of theReading with Your Kids Podcast:

  • You’ll be introduced to the first time author, Joy Steuerwald
  • More about her picture book, The Peculiar Pig
  • From where did Joy get the idea for the story of her first book?
  • How can parents use The Peculiar Pig as a tool to suit their family style to express all the teaching moments to their kids?
  • How was her experience illustrating her own book?
  • Some important advice and tips for aspiring authors and illustrators
  • What’s next for Joy Steuerwald, some fun facts about her book, her future plans and much more.


A big thank you to Joy Steuerwald for joining us and for sharing their wonderful book with us!



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This episode of the podcast is also sponsored by There Are No Fireflies In Montana! written by Nita Marie Clark and illustrated by Kathy N. Doherty. A young girl is curious as to why there are no fireflies in Montana. Starting with her mother she winds through her family asking each one why there are no fireflies where they live. Ending with her little brother who has a very interesting explanation as to why.

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