About Me


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 African American with Cherokee ancestry. In my senior year, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to South Korea to teach English. I landed in wonderful Daegu, South Korea (famous for apples and satoori). Four awesome years (and many amazing students) 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.

I’m currently serving as a member of the 2020 Randolph Caldecott Awards Committee through ALSC.

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

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 http://twitter.com/readitrealgood. All views/opinions expressed here, on The Book Wenches and on my Twitter page are my own.

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. Thanks for stopping by!




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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