Alexandra Siy

writer & photographer

(Michael Gold Photography)

I created iNK's Nonfiction Minute which features the work of more than two dozen award-winning nonfiction authors. Check it out!

Some of the honors my books have received:


I am honored and thrilled that VOYAGER'S GREATEST HITS is an NSTA Best STEM Book FOR 2018!

"Siy's beautifully crystalline prose is entertaining, authoritative, and properly conveys for children and adults the sense of wonder that Voyager brought."

"In 1977 a new movie called STAR WARS was all the rage. "Fly Like an Eagle" and "Dancing Queen" were rocking the airwaves. And two unmanned probes named VOYAGER 1 and VOYAGER 2 were launched into space. Forty years later the twins are still exploring, and the VOYAGER INTERSTELLAR MISSION is taking us to the stars. Science writer Alexandra Siy celebrates this extraordinary achievement--and reveals how the VOYAGERS have revolutionized our relationship with the cosmos."

May 31- School Library Journal Day of Dialog.
" To Interstellar Space and Back: Nonfiction for Everyone!" with R. Gregory Christie, Sue Macy, Michelle Markel, Steve Sheinkin and moderated by Christopher Lassen, New York and Brooklyn Public Library

"Going Interstellar" at the Anchorage, Alaska Public Libraries

August 14, 1:00-3:00-Guernsey Memorial Library, Norwich, NY

August 21, Saratoga Arts "Page Turner's Camp" for kids ages 8-12
August 21, Space Party and signing at Northshire Books in Saratoga Springs, NY

November 13- New York State Reading Association Annual Conference: Literacy for All: Full STEAM Ahead. "Flames, Games, & Photos: STEAM Authors Discuss Stealth Strategies of Engagement" with Vicki Cobb and Roxie Munro

Look for me at the NCTE Annual Convention!
"Nonfiction Magic--and How (You and) Your Students Can Become Magicians, Too!" with Sarah Albee, Loree Griffin Burns, Laurie Thompson, Ammi-Joan Paquette, and Alyson Beecher of moderating.

...meanwhile back on Earth...


A brilliantly colorized microphotograph of a jumping spider crouches on the dust jacket like some alien nightmare, an electric lure to attract browsers to the many enlightening pages that follow....VERDICT Arresting photos and illuminating text weave a neat web to capture readers.
~School Library Journal (December 2015)


Face-out this arresting cover to lure and capture kids prowling around the 595s. ~Elizabeth Bush: Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Featuring abundant boldly colored visuals and a wealth of information, Siy and Kunkel offer a lively introduction to spiders. Siy’s clearly written text...addresses spiders’ unique aspects, typical life cycles, and whether they’re poisonous to humans. Siy conveys scientific concepts and terminology very well, and her text is nicely complemented by Kunkel’s detailed, vivid...and digitally enhanced electron micrographs, all of which are accompanied by descriptive captions.


For their latest memorable venture into microscopic worlds, two veteran collaborators bring children face to face with the original "web masters."...An unusual approach to the creepiest of crawlies, likely to snare unwary passers-by in droves.


I write books that turn STEM into STEAM!
The "A" is for art.

"Go 303,000,000 miles, then stop at the fourth rock from the Sun."
So begins this marvelous book...
~NSTA Recommends

"CARS ON MARS grips the kids with its title, then hauls them into a great story laden with facts that are consistently interesting."

--from FUSE # 8 Review of the Day

NSTA/​CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book

Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year 2010

New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing

Top 10 Science-Tech Books Booklist Online

2010 Finalist AAAS/​Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books

Starred Reviews: School Library Journal; Booklist

©2017 Alexandra Siy