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

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.

Beyond Goodnight Moon: Unique Books to Give at Baby Showers

Unique books to gift at your next baby shower!

How Following Authors on Twitter Enhances My Reading

When I read my first Harry Potter in 1999, I logged onto AOL and typed the the boy wizard’s name ...

Fresh Takes on Classic Fairy Tales for Modern Kids

Fairy tales are the common denominator in modern American society. I see it in the urban elementary classroom where I ...

For The Love of a Love Triangle: The Best Series That Include a Love Triangle as a Subplot

I love a good love triangle. It’s a truth I cannot escape. I don’t know if I am drawn to them ...

On Becoming a Book Girl Late

This is a guest post from Ashlie Swicker. Ashlie loves iced coffee, Leslie Knope, and YA subplots that include love ...

Life Lessons I Learned at the Library

This is a guest post from Ashlie Swicker. Ashlie loves iced coffee, Leslie Knope, and YA subplots that include love ...