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,

8 of the Best Reverse Harem Books: Why Choose?

Looking for the best reverse harem books (or Why Choose books)? Start here.

The Myth of The First Thanksgiving and Picture Books That Tell the Truth

Why does the myth of the first Thanksgiving continue to thrive?

10 Bookish Candles to Light in the Dark Months

Now's the perfect time to get into the coziness of a gently flickering bookish candle, with these bookish-themed candles.

Chilly Days and Cozy Nights: 9 of the Best Autumn Read-Alouds

These gorgeous picture books capture the coziness and color palette of autumn, making them perfect read-alouds for the season.

8 of the Best Children’s Books About Mental Health

Find the best children's books about mental health, covering topics from anxiety to personal autonomy to flexible thinking. Read on.

Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve: 9 Library Shirts To Buy Today

These library shirts let you wear your heart on your sleeve, letting everyone know that you would likely rather be reading.  

8 of the Best Indigenous Middle Grade Novels

Eight books can never represent all First Nation communities, but these Indigenous middle grade novels are a great place to start.

Like Pressing a Bruise: Books I Regret Rereading

One reader reflects on the books she's reread, wondering what made them so appealing in the first place.

9 Great Graphic Novels for Preteens

None of us escape the preteen years of puberty and social pressures without some upheaval. These graphic novels for preteens, including Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez and Gabriela Epstein, can help.

Bookish Goods for Roller Derby Folks

From sweet skate-themed fabrics to a rad zine about the basics of the sport, there is a little something for everyone on this list.