Jes Z. Smith writes women’s fiction and blogs about her reading journey as a reader, writer and librarian. Her personal essay, “It Will Be Okay” was published in The Mom Quilt: Stitching together stories of motherhood, hope & love in 2015. Her current work in progress is a women’s fiction novel exploring our need for connection and the different ways people search to feel like a part of community.
In addition to writing, she attained a Master’s of Library and Information Science from Kent State University. She worked in various university and public libraries in a variety of positions. Most recently, she works as a literacy specialist for the nonprofit Daily Dose of Reading. She provides storytimes in early education centers for students, as well as provides teacher and parent training to build literacy.
Passionate about early literacy and bridging the 30 million word gap she is active in Cleveland volunteering to improve literacy skills through Reach Out and Read and The Cleveland Kids Book Bank. In 2016 she began a picture book review blog for parents called Building Future Readers. In addition to reviewing high quality picture books, she provides tips and reading lists for parents to engage infants through preschoolers in early literacy.
An avid reader, she enjoys connecting other bibliophiles with the perfect book. She provides reader’s advisory services to help people find the next book to read or a list of books to help understand a topic or genre better.