Ashlie Swicker

Ashlie spends her days teaching elementary school and her nights (and summers, and early mornings) writing her heart out. She writes about fierce women on her blog (Be Your Own Lady), runs an internet book club (#beyourownbookclub), and is working on her first novel (Nanowrimo winner, two years running!). She loves parenthesis. Her heart belongs to middle grade and YA. She considers hanging out in bookstores an appropriate hobby. One of her sons is named after a punk rock singer, one of her sons is named after E.T.'s best friend. Ashlie lives outside of Boston with her husband Ben (father of the year, four years running!) and their sons Milo & Elliott. Blog: Be Your Own Lady Twitter: @mygirlsimple

7 Summer Tasks for School Librarians

A librarian compiles seven tasks that can make a school librarian’s life easier in August when the students come rushing back. 

Middle Grade Magic: Great Books for 7th Graders

Read Me Another, Dad: 12 of the Best Books for Father’s Day

Gifting to a dad who loves to read with his kids? Helping one pick a new piece of fiction to get lost in? Read on for the best books for Father's Day!

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: 8 Picture Books About Changing Seasons

These picture books about seasons celebrate either a single season or the magic of cycling through the seasons that return to us every year.

Reading Tips for Parents To Help Beginning Readers

Find yourself suddenly teaching a beginning reader? These reading tips for parents can give you a lifeline as you get started.

Kid Lit Authors Stepping Up During the COVID-19 Crisis and Quarantine

Amid the COVID-19 crisis and quarantine, kidlit authors are offering read alouds, drawing lessons, and other free resources for education and entertainment.

Staying Connected as a Solo School Librarian

Celebrating Awards Season in the Library

A school librarian shares info about the Youth Media Awards, ways to celebrate awards season in the library, and some bonus predictions!

Rioters Share Surprising Secrets: The Harry Potter Confessions

So many readers have a personal connection to the Harry Potter series, some of them weirder than others. Here, Rioters spill their Harry Potter confessions.

15 Books Like LORD OF THE RINGS

Whether you’re not interested in Frodo’s journey or want to read something that scratches the same itch, these are the best books like Lord of the Rings.

Bookish Clothing for Fat Folks

Check out this roundup of plus size bookish clothing for fat folks and find your way to clothing that feels good and represents your interests.

8 Librarian-Recommended Picture Books for Summer Reading Challenges

A librarian rounds up some favorite recent picture books for summer reading challenges, and to help kids embrace the magic of reading.

50 of the Best Kindle Unlimited Audiobooks

Read on for 50 of the best Kindle Unlimited audiobooks you can listen to right now with a subcription, from memoirs to nonfiction to kid's lit and more.

3 Read-Aloud Websites for Kids

These three read-aloud websites for kids are valuable across a range of ages, abilities, and native languages, plus they are fun!

5 More Books That Call Bullsh*t on Diet Culture

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