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,

Don’t Miss the Bus! 10 Picture Books for Back To School

Whether you're eager for the new school year or hiding under your bed, these 10 picture books will soothe worries and get you pumped for back to school.

This Is How We Do It: Rioters On How To Make Time For Reading

In the car, while using the blow dryer, even on a boring client call: tips and tricks from Rioters on how they make time for reading.

Treat Yo’ Shelf: The Best Book Deals for Amazon Prime Day

Excellent bookish deals for Prime Day.

The Calm Before: 9 Picture Books That Celebrate Stormy Weather

Fiction and nonfiction picture books about loving storms, surviving storms, and understanding them.

Paddington Creator Michael Bond Dies at 91

The creator of Paddington Bear has died.

5 YA Romances For When Real Life is Scary Enough

5 YA romances devoid of violence, on-page death, or suspense. Nightmare free, guaranteed, and the kissing is thrown in for free.

Three Books About Dead Fathers

Three books that chronicle the loss of a father and the grief and healing that follow such a momentous event.

100 Must-Read Books For and About Teachers

Books that celebrate teachers and the teaching profession.

Beyond Oprah, Reese, and Emma: More Online Book Clubs and Challenges

Digital book clubs you can attend, no pants required.

The Evolution of My Classroom Library

A public school teacher on how her classroom library went from thoughtless to thoughtful.