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,

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.

The 10 Best Librarian Characters In TV and Film

From Twilight Sparkle to Conan the Librarian and more, here are the top 10 librarian characters in TV and movies, ranked.

Best Picture Books for Building Classroom Community

I’ve used books like Your Name Is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Luisa Uribe to connect with students, impart the importance of our mutual respect, and create a classroom community.

My Reading Eras: One Reader On the Books They Loved and the Ones They Pretended To

If Taylor Swift can have her eras, I can too. It took decades to click into what I enjoy reading, and the journey has taught me a lot.

9 Great Chapter Books for 4th Graders

Hunting for their next great read? Find a variety of chapter books for 4th graders that they're sure to love, including Dactyl Hill Squad  by Daniel José Older.

Never Too Young: Why Kids Deserve Queer Friendly Libraries

The kids are more prepared than most adults to understand and expect acceptance for all in school libraries (and beyond!).