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,

Make Out Scene Superlatives

Swoon-worthy and surprising make out scenes from YA novels, superlative style. Did your favorite on page liplock win an award?

How To Create Your Own Summer Reading Syllabus

How to create your own summer reading syllabus, and why!

Picture Books to Help You Celebrate National Donut Day

Three Fat Heroines I Wish I’d Met Earlier

Three YA novels featuring fat heroines who defy conventions and delight readers.

Beyond Goodnight Moon: Unique Books to Give at Baby Showers

Unique books to gift at your next baby shower!

How Following Authors on Twitter Enhances My Reading

Fresh Takes on Classic Fairy Tales for Modern Kids

For The Love of a Love Triangle: The Best Series That Include a Love Triangle as a Subplot

On Becoming a Book Girl Late

Life Lessons I Learned at the Library