Alexandra Siy

writer & photographer


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.


2015 Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Honor Book. The Eureka Nonfiction Children’s Book Award, “celebrates and honors nonfiction children’s books. The award exists to assist teachers, librarians and parents in identifying outstanding nonfiction books for their students and children.”

Devon's spider was big and hairy and scary (until we all became friends).

Read SPIDERMANIA to learn more!

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

©2016 Alexandra Siy