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, www.ashlieswicker.com.

Places I Look for Library Lessons

A school librarian (media specialist!) shares some of the sources she looks to for lesson ideas and inspiration.

More Children’s Books by Native American Authors

These gorgeously illustrated kids' books do everything from correcting misinformation to teaching cultural traditions, like Still This Love Goes On by Buffy Sainte-Marie  and Julie Flett.

3 Tools for Teaching Digital Citizenship to Kids

Teaching digital citizenship is one of the most important jobs elementary librarians have. Here are three tools to help you on your journey.

A Day in the Life of an Elementary School Librarian

With shows like Abbott Elementary, there's more interest in the day-to-day lives of school workers. Here's what a librarian does in a day.

11 of the Best Picture Books for Social-Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning is a big buzzword in education and parenting. Here are some picture books that can help teach kids self-regulation, including Big Feelings by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman.

10 of the Best Halloween Read Alouds for Elementary School

Find Halloween themed books to make your storytimes shine with this list of Halloween read alouds for elementary students.

8 of the Best Word Search Games

Whatever your reason for playing, I’m sure you’ll find something that catches your eye in this list of the best word search games.

13 Fun Back-to-School Gifts for Teachers (Or Anyone Who Works in Schools!)

These last few years of teaching have been especially hard. Get these educators some presents for back to school season.

Learning to Say Goodbye: 8 Children’s Books About Death

No one ever wants to need children's books about death, but titles like Where Do They Go? by Julia Alvarez and Sabra Field can help the healing begin.

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.