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,


Whether you’re not interested in Frodo’s journey or want to read something that scratches the same itch, these are the best books like Lord of the Rings.

Bookish Clothing for Fat Folks

Check out this roundup of plus size bookish clothing for fat folks and find your way to clothing that feels good and represents your interests.

8 Librarian-Recommended Picture Books for Summer Reading Challenges

A librarian rounds up some favorite recent picture books for summer reading challenges, and to help kids embrace the magic of reading.

3 Read-Aloud Websites for Kids

These three read-aloud websites for kids are valuable across a range of ages, abilities, and native languages, plus they are fun!

5 More Books That Call Bullsh*t on Diet Culture

Oprah Winfrey to Adapt Glennon Doyle’s LOVE WARRIOR for the Big Screen

LOVE WARRIOR is coming to the big screen, care of Oprah.

Bonding With My Sons Over Audiobooks

An elementary librarian and devoted bookish mother shares her tips for using audiobooks to pad out family reading time during lazy summer days.

The New Academy Releases the Alternate Nobel Longlist

The "alternate Nobel" was developed after this year's Nobel was cancelled. Voting is now open!

Butterfly in the Sky: 10 Great Reading Rainbow Episodes for Teachers, Librarians, and Readers Everywhere

A teacher librarian waxes poetic about the power of PBS for calming students and shares ten of her favorite Reading Rainbow episodes..

6 Of The Greatest Books For Newlyweds

If you dare to ditch the registry, check out one of these great books for newlyweds to gift to the newlyweds in your life.