My name is Alia Jones & this is where I blog about children’s books. I’ve been on hiatus for a while (>_<) but I’m planning a reboot soon! Please take a look through my reviews and interviews. Most recently, I was a Library Services Assistant in Cincinnati, Ohio until I was laid off at the end of 2020. I attended Cornell University for 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 joined the Public Library. This blog celebrates my love for kid lit & I hope you’ll find some good books here.
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). Serving on Caldecott was an honor and privilege.
I am currently on the 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury.
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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