Joy teaches children’s book illustration at UC San Diego Extension, both online and in the classroom. She has art directed and designed hundreds of books for more than 20 book publishers all over the country. She has worked with many award-winning artists, including Ed Young, Gerald McDermott, Chris Demarest, Barry Moser, Trina Schart Hyman, Frané Lessac, Jeanette Winter, Debra Fraser, Margot Zemach, David McPhail, Richard Jesse Watson, Don and Audrey Wood, among others.
Her work has been cited by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA); the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI); the American Library Association (ALA); Bookbuilders West; the National Book Awards; Print, Step-by-Step Graphic, and Publisher’s Weekly magazines. She is currently working on the art direction, layout, and production of a definitive American Sign Language dictionary for children, in collaboration with a team of illustrators and editors, for Gallaudet University Press.