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

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.

I Don’t Like Dr. Seuss: Books to Read On His Birthday If You’re Not a Fan

Dr. Seuss’s birthday is coming up, and in my circles, this is a big deal. I teach elementary school and ...

6 Body Positive Coloring Books for Bodacious Babes

Body positive coloring books for all your relaxing needs!

The Best Parts of Being a Bookish Kid in the ’90s

Highlights of being a bookish kid in the 1990s.

5 Books That Call Bullshit on Diet Culture

Diet culture is ridiculous, and these books call it out.

Children’s Books for the Holiday Season

Cozy picture books to introduce and celebrate holiday traditions from different cultures. What do you read with the family this time of year?

Read Like A Writer: Making A Reading Plan for NaNoWriMo

We know you're already typing as fast as you can, but one Rioter is making the case for taking a break and cracking a book.

5 Books That Call Bullshit on Diet Culture

Diet culture is ridiculous, and these books call it out.

Happy-Making Picture Books Filling Our Summer Reading Sheets

Excellent picture books that will make you smile and help fill your library summer reading sheets

Fresh Picture Books for Fathers

Picture books to give to dads for Father's Day!

Make Out Scene Superlatives

Swoon-worthy and surprising make out scenes from YA novels, superlative style. Did your favorite on page liplock win an award?

How To Create Your Own Summer Reading Syllabus

How to create your own summer reading syllabus, and why!

Picture Books to Help You Celebrate National Donut Day

June 3rd is National Donut Day, and I plan to celebrate in every way possible. Trips to the donut shop? ...

Three Fat Heroines I Wish I’d Met Earlier

Three YA novels featuring fat heroines who defy conventions and delight readers.