Ashlie Swicker

Ashlie spends her days teaching elementary school and her nights (and summers, and early mornings) writing her heart out. She writes about fierce women on her blog (Be Your Own Lady), runs an internet book club (#beyourownbookclub), and is working on her first novel (Nanowrimo winner, two years running!). She loves parenthesis. Her heart belongs to middle grade and YA. She considers hanging out in bookstores an appropriate hobby. One of her sons is named after a punk rock singer, one of her sons is named after E.T.'s best friend. Ashlie lives outside of Boston with her husband Ben (father of the year, four years running!) and their sons Milo & Elliott. Blog: Be Your Own Lady Twitter: @mygirlsimple

Riot Roundup: The Best Books We Read in May 2018

Check out the list of the best books we read in May!

5 Ways To Love Your Local Librarian

Tips for showing love at the libraries in your life from a school librarian living the dream. (Hint: USE US!)

Now Quick, Sleep Tight!: Short Bedtime Stories for Kids and Kids at Heart

A round up of short bedtime stories for wired kids, exhausted adults, and anyone who needs a little help drifting off to sleep. Sweet dreams!

How To Hold a Mock Caldecott (And 7 Books I Like for the 2018 Award)

An elementary librarian shares her tips for holding a Mock Caldecott election and books that she (and her students) think might snag the real-life medal for 2018.

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Channeling Ms. Frizzle: I Got My Dream Job and I’m Dressing the Part

One newly-minted school librarian on finding fashion inspiration from Ms. Frizzle

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

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Buy, Borrow, Bypass: Body Positive Memoirs

Memoirs about body positivity and fat acceptance!

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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.

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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.

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