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,

11 of the Best Picture Books for Social-Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning is a big buzzword in education and parenting. Here are some picture books that can help teach kids self-regulation, including Big Feelings by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman.

10 of the Best Halloween Read Alouds for Elementary School

Find Halloween themed books to make your storytimes shine with this list of Halloween read alouds for elementary students.

8 of the Best Word Search Games

Whatever your reason for playing, I’m sure you’ll find something that catches your eye in this list of the best word search games.

13 Fun Back-to-School Gifts for Teachers (Or Anyone Who Works in Schools!)

These last few years of teaching have been especially hard. Get these educators some presents for back to school season.

Learning to Say Goodbye: 8 Children’s Books About Death

No one ever wants to need children's books about death, but titles like Where Do They Go? by Julia Alvarez and Sabra Field can help the healing begin.

Back to School 2022: 10 of the Best Picture Books to Read on the First Day of School

Back to school is here. Help your youngest ones get ready--or find comfort in--those first day of school feelings with these picture books.

8 Great Teacher Books to Ease Educators Back to School

For teachers looking to squeeze in some professional development over the summer, here are some of the best books to help you prepare.

Growing as a School Librarian in a Post School Shutdown World

Going back to in-classroom learning has been an adjustment for school librarians still reeling from the events of March 2020, but this librarian is hopeful.

Pants On Fire: 10 Books About Lying For Kids

We've gathered ten books about lying for kids, including The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia C. McKissack and Giselle Potter, that can help you start having honest conversations with the little humans in your life.

Oink, Moo, Quack, Neigh: 10 Farm Books for Preschool and Beyond

Check out this round up of the best farm books for preschool kids, with several titles that are great for older readers, too!