A Normal Pig

Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Childrens. My author-illustrator debut.

Available everywhere June 4, 2019; order today!

Pip is a normal pig who does normal stuff: cooking, painting, and dreaming of what she’ll be when she grows up. When a new pig comes to school and starts pointing out all the ways in which Pip is different, suddenly she doesn’t like any of the same things she used to... the things that made her Pip. A Normal Pig celebrates all our differences while questioning the idea that there is only one way to be “normal.”

“Delightful and important.” —★ Kirkus, starred review

“In her solo debut, Steele (Noodlephant) conveys how quickly a kid’s world can unravel, but she also shows how powerful and comforting a wider perspective can be.” —★ Publishers Weekly, starred review

“For an author-illustrator debut, this is a stand-out. The story line has excellent diversity messaging about self-acceptance, embracing your differences, and appreciating the variety around you, and the artwork is absolutely hysterical.” —★ Booklist, starred review

 

Noodlephant

Enchanted Lion Books, January 2019; words by Jacob Kramer, illustrations by K-Fai Steele

Available everywhere! Support your local indie bookstore!

When the laws are so unjust, misbehavior is a must!

Noodlephant is a story about an elephant and her friends who band together to overthrow the kangaroos that run their town. It’s about who makes the rules, and who must break them. It’s about noodles and revolution, laws and lasagna.

“Accessible sentences are peppered with spurts of couplets, wordplay, and culinary vocabulary. The art is perfect: pen-and-ink and colorful washes show numerous, wide-eyed animal citizens, anthropomorphic and, sometimes, laugh-out-loud funny.” —★ Kirkus, starred review

"I love Noodlephant―brilliant & necessary, and the parable we need now." ―Dave Eggers

 
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Old MacDonald Had a Baby

Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, November 19, 2019; words by Emily Snape and illustrations by me.

New babies are challenging! Old MacDonald, a young father, has his hands full. From feeding to diapering to bathing his baby, he soon realizes he needs LOTS of help from his animal friends, including a sheep, a cow, a chicken, a goat, and a dog. A two-dad family and a humorous cast of animals star in this contemporary fun and warm take on the familiar rhyme.

"Early parenthood builds into a barnyard menagerie in this variation on “Old MacDonald.” …As the day ramps up, then winds down, a loving community emerges from Steele’s emotive ink and watercolor art (a cow offers milk, a horse distracts using a frog puppet). .... the long days ring true, and the vision of an inclusive, affectionate caretaking village shines."—★ Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

Love to Code

with Jie Qi, Chibitronics

Love to Code is an interactive book that you build with paper and drawings (and along the way you learn about circuits and programming). I collaborated on this project with Jie Qi (MIT Media Lab) and leveraged my experience teaching young people in Philadelphia libraries about circuits + drawing. Basically my takeaway was that electronics and circuits is just another medium for creativity and self-expression. And that learning about circuits and programming isn’t as hard as you think.