Mary Alice Jones

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Mary Alice Jones
Born 1898
Dallas, Texas
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Texas
Northwestern University
Yale University
Genre Children's literature

Mary Alice Jones (1898–??) was an author of religious books for children.[1]

Mary Alice Jones was born in Dallas, Texas in 1898. She was involved in religion from an early age, joining the Methodist Church at age 10. She received her initial college education at the University of Texas before attending Northwestern University, earning a masters degree in religious education, and then receiving a Ph.D. from Yale University. She served as the director of children's work for the South Carolina Annual Conference and also for the International Council of Religious Education. She was the first woman teacher at the Yale Divinity School.

She became a children's book editor at Rand McNally & Company in 1945, before transitioning into writing work, authoring such books as Prayers for Little Children, which sold over 2 million copies, and Tell Me About God.

In 1951 she left Rand McNally and became the director of children's work for the General Board of Education of the Methodist Church.


  • Tell Me About God (1943)
  • Tell me About Jesus (1944)
  • Tell Me About the Bible
  • Tell Me About God's Plan for Me
  • First Prayers for Little Children (1949)
  • Stories of the Christ Child
  • Tell Me About Heaven (1974)
  • Tell Me About Christmas
  • Bible Stories for Children (1983)


  1. ^ Muriel Fuller, ed. (1963). More Junior Authors. New York: H. W. Wilson Company. pp. 117–118.