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.

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!

How Reading About Reality TV Changed the Way I Watch It

How has reading influenced other aspects of your life? One Rioter examines how reading about reality TV shows has influenced watching them.

Traveling Library Lessons: Tips for Teaching on a Cart

There are a myriad of reasons that educators end up teaching on a cart. Whatever the reason, here are some tips for teaching on the go.

15 Middle School Book Series to Delight Young Readers

No matter what the middle school reader in your life needs, there is definitely a book series to fill that void, including Front Desk by Kelly Yang and The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1) by Tui T. Sutherland.

Book Recs 9-Year-Olds Are Begging For

An elementary librarian shares book recommendations to thrill 9 year olds that like everythiing from Junie B. Jones to manga, like Aru Shah and the End of Time: A Pandava Novel  by Roshani Chokshi.

Play in the Elementary School Library

Libraries can provide joy and relief by offering a chance to play. Here are some of my favorite ways to include play in the school library.

8 Fantastic Comics and Graphic Novels With Fat Representation

From superheroes in Faith to reluctant werewolves in Moonstruck  to steamy sapphic historical romance in Patience & Esther, these comics with fat representation have it all.

When Do Kids Start Reading?

Most kids start reading between the ages of 4-7, but there are many additional factors that actually impact when kids start reading.

More Bookish ASMR For Your Tingling Pleasure

Trigger your autonomous sensory meridian response with bookish role plays, whispered reading, page flipping, and all other tingly things.