About Me

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Hello!

My name is Alia Jones. I’m a Sr. Library Services Assistant in Cincinnati, Ohio. 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. My family is Black with Cherokee ancestry but I’m not enrolled. 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 now I work for 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 finished service on the 2020 Randolph Caldecott Awards Committee through ALSC. 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! Picture books are the BEST! In 2021, I’ll join the 2022/2023 Coretta Scott King Awards Jury.

Here are a few articles/reviews/interviews/talks I’ve done online:

Youtube Panel: “The Colorline Belts the World”: Race, U.S. Empire, and Children’s Literature

Black Joy Booklist

Native YA: Four Native American Authors Discuss Their Stories and Messages for Teens (SLJ)

Calling Caldecott: We are Grateful Otsaliheliga

Publishers Weekly (ShelfTalker) Black Books for Black Kids

Calling Caldecott: Leave Me Alone!

Nerdy Book Club: Review of the book OWEN by Kevin Henkes

I’m very active on Twitter. You can find me at @ readitrealgood. All views/opinions expressed here and there are mine.

If you’d like to contact me directly, please fill out the form below. I’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible. If you are interested in looking at my CV, I can send it to you as well. Thank you!

8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Anonymous says:

    This blog is wonderful, you have a way with words young lady and I applaud you for your intricate detail in description and meaning. You are a hidden treasure

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