Ashlie Swicker

Ashlie (she/her) is an educator, librarian, and writer. She is committed to diversifying the reading lives of her students and supporting fat acceptance as it intersects with other women’s issues. She's also perpetually striving to learn more about how she can use her many privileges to support marginalized groups. Interests include learning how to roller skate with her local roller derby team, buying more books than she'll ever read, hiking with her husband and sons, and making lists to avoid real work. You can find her on Instagram (@ashlieelizabeth), Twitter (@mygirlsimple) or at her website,

Back to School 2022: 10 of the Best Picture Books to Read on the First Day of School

Back to school is here. Help your youngest ones get ready--or find comfort in--those first day of school feelings with these picture books.

8 Great Teacher Books to Ease Educators Back to School

For teachers looking to squeeze in some professional development over the summer, here are some of the best books to help you prepare.

Growing as a School Librarian in a Post School Shutdown World

Going back to in-classroom learning has been an adjustment for school librarians still reeling from the events of March 2020, but this librarian is hopeful.

Pants On Fire: 10 Books About Lying For Kids

We’ve gathered ten books about lying for kids, including The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia C. McKissack and Giselle Potter, that can help you start having honest conversations with the little humans in your life.

Oink, Moo, Quack, Neigh: 10 Farm Books for Preschool and Beyond

Check out this round up of the best farm books for preschool kids, with several titles that are great for older readers, too!

Peanuts and Crackerjacks: 10 Delicious Kids’ Baseball Books

Summer is here and it’s time to read some kid’s baseball books. Find all of our recommendations now, like The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game by Nancy Churnin and Jez Tuya.

Summer Picture Books to Make You Smile

Count down to warmer weather with these summer picture books, including And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner and Jaime Kim, celebrating ice cream, swimming, the end of the school year, and more!

10 Adolescent Depression Books for Parents

While there isn’t one guidebook for parenting, these adolescent depression books for parents, including Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents by Francis Mark Mondimore and Patrick Kelly, can act as little lights and help.

Stick It To Me: Bookish Planner Supplies To Stick In Your Journal

Image of two sticker sheets in bright multicolors. On the left, the stickers say Currently Reading with a space for a book title. On the right, the stickers say Finished Reading with a space for a date and five small stars.

Beach, Read! Best Summer Reading Programs 2022

Looking for the best summer reading programs 2022 has to offer? Find in-person and virtual options here!