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:
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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