writer & translator
ME + TREE reimagines what happens to the Giving Tree many years on, when a girl new to the city befriends an old tree at the playground. In sharing their stories and 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, Creative Eds, spring 2021
"This is one of those rare picture books... Lovely."
"Alexandria Giardino's story celebrates the importance of friendship and of recognizing the overlooked."
Inspired by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's "Ode to the Onion," this story is less biography and more a simple ode to a vegetable that is at once humble and noble, 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 the 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, A Fuse #8 Production, School Library Journal
"A reminder of the importance of a sustained connection to gratitude."
-Julie Danielson, 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast
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 the medley of the classic songs “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” sung by Hawaiian singer Israel "IZ" 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 IZ sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World"
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I donate a portion of proceeds to a Hawaiian medical clinic that IZ long supported. For information, please visit the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center website.
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 por Cameron Kids, otoño 2017
MARCH 13, 11am to 12:30 pm PST
COUNTERING THE CLASSICS
Alex will present her newest picture book, ME + TREE, a story that brings the stump in The Giving Tree back to life through friendship with a girl. Alex will then lead a craft workshop on ways we can counter classics using our own voices. This event is presented online by the Open Page Writers. To register, please go to openpagewriters.com
ARBOR DAY, APRIL 30
Get Ready to Meet a Forest Full of Friends!
Details to come!
MAY 2021, every Saturday, 1 to 2:30 pm PST
A MOVING LAUNCH PARTY!!!
Stay tuned for news about the launch of ME + TREE. These events will be held in public parks under glorious old trees around the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
JUNE 12, 1 to 3 pm, McNear's Park, Petaluma
READING BENEATH THE OLD OAK TREE with AUTHOR PETER STEIN
Join Alex and her dear friend and fellow picture book author, Peter Stein, as they both share their newest books. Peter's playful A TREE FOR MR FISH is a perfect companion to Alex's ME + TREE. Bring a blanket and a picnic, come listen to stories, and celebrate a love of trees!
Alexandria Giardino lives in Northern California. When she is not writing and teaching, Alex is most likely riding her mountain bike or hiking on Mt Tam with her family and their beloved Boston terriers. 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 HERE.