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, www.ashlieswicker.com.

15 Middle School Book Series to Delight Young Readers

No matter what the middle school reader in your life needs, there is definitely a book series to fill that void, including Front Desk by Kelly Yang and The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1) by Tui T. Sutherland.

Book Recs 9-Year-Olds Are Begging For

An elementary librarian shares book recommendations to thrill 9 year olds that like everythiing from Junie B. Jones to manga, like Aru Shah and the End of Time: A Pandava Novel  by Roshani Chokshi.

Play in the Elementary School Library

Libraries can provide joy and relief by offering a chance to play. Here are some of my favorite ways to include play in the school library.

8 Fantastic Comics and Graphic Novels With Fat Representation

From superheroes in Faith to reluctant werewolves in Moonstruck  to steamy sapphic historical romance in Patience & Esther, these comics with fat representation have it all.

When Do Kids Start Reading?

Most kids start reading between the ages of 4-7, but there are many additional factors that actually impact when kids start reading.

More Bookish ASMR For Your Tingling Pleasure

Trigger your autonomous sensory meridian response with bookish role plays, whispered reading, page flipping, and all other tingly things.

New Year’s Resolutions for School Librarians

I hope you'll find something in this list to help make the next part of the school year a little lighter, simpler, or more exciting.

Literacy Among The Leaves: Everything You Want To Know About StoryWalks

StoryWalks are an excellent family activity that combine movement with reading. Here's how to start one for your community.

15 Delightful Art Books For Kids

Whether they want to learn about famous artists or get the skills to become a famous artist themselves, check out these art books for kids, including Make Something Beautiful.

Book Fair Bonanza: Five Tips To Make Your Book Fair Run Smoothly

School book fairs are a source of nostalgia for book lovers, but they're also a lot of work to run. Here are some tips that will help.