Alona Frankel was born in 1937 in Cracow, Poland. She spent her childhood during World War II in the Lvov ghetto, and after its liquidation, in hiding - first alone, later with her parents. She immigrated to Israel with her family in 1949.

Frankel began illustrating children's books at the age of 30. She has written and illustrated 36 children's books, in addition to illustrating dozens of books by other authors. Her books have become bestsellers and have been translated into 12 languages; her work has been featured at exhibitions worldwide.

Frankel has won numerous prizes, including the Hans Christian Andersen List of the International Board on Books for Young People. A GIRL, her first book for adults, was awarded The 2005 Sapir Prize for Literature and the Yad Vashem 2005 Buchman Prize.