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Summer Mini Writing Quests for Teens: Dive in & Get Curious!

Summer is a great time to explore your writing in new ways. Without assignments for school, you can really let yourself write what you want, how you want — be creative.

Behind the Book: Patterns, Patterns Everywhere

Being an adopted female of Latin and Indigenous descent, I grew up in a family that looked quite different from me. This difference sparked a constant search for understanding. I was always observing, noticing what was different...

Art Exercises for Your Teenager

As a teen, you likely have a great imagination and an endless reservoir of creativity. Whether you express your creativity through making art, music, dance, writing, cooking, or sports—yes, athletes use their creativity each time...

Celebrate PRIDE with Jonathan Hamilt of Drag Story Hour

This Pride Month, The Collective Book Studio is reflecting on the value that books add to the queer community. As the owner of a publishing company that creates books, it’s important to carve space on...

7 Strategies to Find Your Calm on Mother's Day: Let's Talk Motherhood with Jenna Hermans

Jenna Hermans, winner of IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Award and author of Chaos to Calm, co-founder and COO of Be Courageous   In my book "Chaos to Calm," I share various strategies that help mothers prioritize their...

AAPI Heritage Month is Here: Meet Rowena Scherer

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM) is celebrated annually in May to pay tribute to the current and historical contributions that generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to American society and...

Reimagining Passover: Modern Twists on Traditional Recipes

  Growing up, Passover was a labor of love. My mother and grandmother hovered over a hot pot of simmering chicken soup, roasted enough Chicken Marbella for an army, whipped up a light-as-air strawberry mousse,...

Celebrate Earth Month with Lea Redmond: Our Friend Earth

Happy Earth Month! It’s time to give our planet the recognition it deserves. And as a publisher who’s committed to sustainability, it’s incredibly important to us to steward conversations about eco-consciousness. In celebration, we’re excited...

Behind the Book: The Schlemiel Kids Save the Moon

I grew up hearing my rabbi and Sunday school teachers tell stories. Some of my favorites were silly folktales of the ironically named “Wise Men” of Chelm, a town populated entirely by fools. When I...