photo by Chris Ward

photo by Chris Ward

Hi! My name is K-Fai Steele and I write and draw picture books.

A Normal Pig my debut author-illustrator book is out in June 2019 with Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins. Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer and illustrated by me was published February 2019 with Enchanted Lion. Old MacDonald Had a Baby by Emily Snape comes out in November 2019 with Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan.

I live in San Francisco and I’m currently a 2018-2019 Brown Handler Writer in Residence at the San Francisco Public Library. I’m the 2019 recipient of the James Marshall Fellowship at the University of Connecticut.

I was the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Memorial Fellow at the University of Minnesota, and I've been an Artist in Residence at ArtsIceland, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study.

However, my first ambition was not to make books; it was to be a fish.

When I got older I installed artwork at MoMA, learned how to support educators in libraries and museums to work collaboratively through the National Writing Project and YOUmedia Learning Labs Network, and I helped to start a maker program in libraries across Philadelphia through a federal grant (I even got to do a TEDx talk).

You can find out more about me in an interview I did on Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, or a video interview for Hello, Studio! that fellow illustrators Zoey Abbott and Alison Farrell produced.

I’ve made drawings for a bunch of people, places, and things, including Chibitronics, the Reykjavik Grapevine, MIT Media Lab, School Library Journal, Philly Weekly, University of Leicester (UK) Archaeology and Ancient History Department, Electroninks, and the Creativity Labs at Indiana University.

I'm represented by Erica Rand Silverman at Stimola Literary. Please contact Erica for all book-related inquiries:


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