writer & translator

forthcoming spring 2021...




Ode to an Onion's honors include
 2018 NCBR Young Children's Literature Award
 Junior Library Guild Selection
Shortlisted for the 2018 NCIBA Golden Poppy Award
A Mock Newbery Club Selection in Berkeley Unified Schools

Inspired by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's "Ode to the Onion," this story is less a biography and more a simple ode to a vegetable that is humble and luminous, dark and light, full of grief and full of joy—just like life

A picture book for ages 4 to 104, published by Cameron Kids/Abrams fall 2018

ODE to an ONION featured in New York Times Children's Books Special, Nov 9, 2018


"This one is a treat for the eyes and ears."

 -Maria Russo, New York Times 

"Beautiful on all counts." 

 -Betsy Bird, Fuse 8 Production 

"A reminder of the importance of a sustained connection

to gratitude."         

 -Julie Danielson, 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Inspired by the medley of the classic songs “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” sung by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, the good song is aloha—love

A picture book for children ages 4 to 8, published by Cameron Kids/Abrams fall 2020

Listen to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World"

"This book holds space for beauty and grief, sadness and joy, just like the song that inspired it. Somewhere over the rainbow, and right here, it is a wonderful world. One that will leave you humming."

-Robin Yardi, author of The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez and Owl's Outstanding Donuts

A story that reimagines what happens to the Giving Tree many years on, a girl new to the city befriends an old tree at the playground. In sharing their stories revealing their joys and sorrows, they see into each other’s lives, discovering, as all true friends do, that being seen and understood is one of the purest expressions of love. And friendship, in all its forms, is a balm for healing, a force for wholeness.

A picture book for children ages 4 to 8, forthcoming from Creative Eds, spring 2021


Martha, la abuela de Marty, le enseñó todo lo que sabía de béisbol. Ahora Marty anota los resultados de cada juego. A su hermanito Mikey no le gusta para nada el béisbol. El partido es LARGO. Es ABURRIDO. Pero hoy, los dos tienen boletos para el GRAN PARTIDO. El equipo de “los Buenos” juega contra el equipo de “los Otros Chicos”. Es un día bonito en el estadio, y Marty tiene una sorpresa para su hermanito—el secreto para hacer divertido el juego de béisbol. Y desde el primer lanzamiento en la altura de la primera entrada hasta el final, emocionante y angustioso jonrón en la parte baja de la novena entrada Mikey aprende porque el béisbol es EL JUEGO MÁS GRANDE DEL MUNDO.

Un libro para niños de 4 a 8 años, publicado otoño 2017


Upcoming Events

DECEMBER 6, 1-2:30 pm PST


Alex will present and then moderate a panel discussion with several other picture books authors, including Kathryn Otoshi, Shannon Anderson, Danielle Dufayet, and Miri Leshem-Pelly. Presented online by the Children's Book Academy at their annual Picture Book Palooza 

DECEMBER 17, 4:30-5:30 pm PST 


A reading and musical celebration with fellow author and friend Michael Genhard, author of ACCORDINGLY. Featuring ukulele and accordion sing-alongs and readings for kids and their families and friends. Presented online by Sausalito Books by the Bay (click here to register)


About Alex

Alexandria Giardino lives in Northern California. When she is not writing and teaching, Alex is most likely riding her mountain bike on Mt Tam with her son or hiking with her beloved Boston terrier. Alex previously lived in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Santiago, Chile, where she wrote, translated, and sold art. Her translation of Pablo Neruda's wife's memoir, My Life with Pablo Neruda is available here. Her essays have appeared in English and Spanish in numerous publications and on air at KQED


Alex is represented by Nicole Geiger at Full Circle Literary.

Alex is a frequent panelist and presenter on topics related to writing for children. She also loves connecting with kids and their communities. To schedule a virtual or in-person event with Alex, please contact her at the email listed below. 



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