My name is Alia Jones & this is where I blog about children’s books. Please take a look through my reviews and interviews.
I’m currently a PhD Student in Information/Library Science at UW-Madison. I started working in libraries in 2017; public libraries (Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library) and later academic libraries (University of Cincinnati) after I was laid off from the public library in 2020.
I graduated from Cornell University in 2010, where I majored in Cultural Anthropology and double-minored in East Asian Studies and American Indian Studies.
While at Cornell, I interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and worked on Indivisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas. I identify as a Black cisgender woman (she/her/hers) with Native ancestry (Cherokee or Choctaw, most likely) but I’m not enrolled. Diving more intimately into my family’s genealogy is one of my long-term projects.
In my senior year of college, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to South Korea to teach English. I taught in Daegu, South Korea (famous for apples and satoori) at three different elementary schools. Four years later, I came home and became a children’s bookseller at two indie bookstores in Cincinnati. I fell in love with children’s literature while learning how to sell books and later transitioned to libraries.
In June of 2020, I completed service on the 2020 Randolph Caldecott Awards Committee. We chose THE UNDEFEATED as our medal winner with three honors (BEAR CAME ALONG, GOING DOWN HOME WITH DADDY, DOUBLE BASS BLUES).
In June of 2022, I completed service on the 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury. Blog post coming soon about our winners, but in the meantime, check out this link.
Thanks for stopping by & happy reading, always.
Here are a few articles/reviews/interviews/talks I’ve done online:
I’m very active on Twitter. You can find me at @ readitrealgood. All views/opinions expressed here and there are mine.
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