Joy's love for children's literature is "a commitment that borders on obsession." From her ranch on New Zealand's Marlborough Sound, she endeavors to bring "three gifts for the child: achievement, affirmation, and literature" in her early-reading stories.In 1990, New Zealand awarded its Commemorative Medal to Joy for her service to Children's Literature. In 1992, she received the Order of the British Empire, which acknowledges her distinguished service to the arts and sciences.Joy's novels and picture books regularly receive top honors. Countless children know her classic Mrs. Wishy-Washy. Among her most recent titles are The Rusty, Trusty Tractor; Big Moon Tortilla; Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses; Red-Eyed Tree Frog; Starbright and the Dream Eater; Mrs. Goodstory; and Old Grizzly. Her book The Silent One received the New Zealand Children's Book of the Year award and has been made into a film shown on the Disney Channel.