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Calling all Chicken Soup lovers… Kevin Sorbo wants your stories!

Chicken Soup for the Soul, that is. Please see below for information as to how to get your stories published in a new book that Kevin is working on and donate much-needed funds to his foundation, A World Fit For Kids! How cool is that?!


Looking for stories to help kids be heroes and also to benefit A World Fit for Kids!

Submission deadline is June 30, 2013.

Book goes on sale in October, 2013.


After the success of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, our bestselling book for adults, we decided to make a version for children, too. We have teamed with Kevin Sorbo, who is not only a successful actor, known to many as the hero, Hercules, but is also the spokesperson and chair for A World Fit for Kids!, a successful mentoring program that trains teens to become heroes to the kids in their own neighborhoods by using the vehicles of school, fitness, sports and positive role models. The program is unique because of the powerful format of “kids teaching kids,” and its success rate is astounding! Working with more than 12,000 children in the Los Angeles School District, it has a 100% graduation rate in a school system that has a 54% dropout rate.

Bringing positive messages to kids at all socioeconomic levels in all kinds of schools is of paramount importance in a fast-paced world filled with technology and choices, temptations and challenges for children. Now, more than ever, it’s important for parents, grandparents, teachers and other mentors to sit down with kids, get quiet, and talk. And one of the best ways to start a conversation with a child is by reading a story about another child first.

That’s the goal of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids–to start conversations with children about core values, good examples, making good decisions, and ChickenSoupfortheSoulforKidshaving the courage to do the right thing. The values that children learn today will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We hope to contribute to the building blocks that create tomorrow’s wonderful young adults through this book for today’s children.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids will contain 101 stories that tell stories about issues that are important to children. It is geared for children 12 years of age and under. The stories can be read to younger children, read by older children, and discussed with adults. The stories will be personal anecdotes that are entertaining and also impart a lesson. For example, someone might write about that summer at camp when she got up the courage to invite an unpopular girl to her house, even though other girls made fun of her for doing it. Or someone might write about the time he found a $10.00 bill on the ground and turned it in to the teacher instead of keeping it, and was glad that he did because there was a new immigrant crying because she had lost that bill and it was her family’s money for dinner that night.

The stories can be just plain fun as well. Someone might write about the time that he spent a month practicing saying, “hello,” to a girl and then she said, “hello,” back and it was all worth it. That kind of story can help a lot of kids, too, as they wrestle with private social dramas.

Stories should be written in a way that kids can understand, but contributors do not need any special ability to write for children. Just focus on one theme per story, keep the message clear, and don’t talk down to kids or try to use “cool” language–they see right through that. We’d like to keep stories in the 500-1200 word range.

We are looking for stories from your own childhood, or about children you know, written in the first person, that both entertain and educate children, and that expose them to positive thinking and good values. These stories will show children how to make good choices… even when no one is looking, how to respect the needs and feelings of others, how to develop their own self-esteem, and how to stay true to their convictions. The stories will remind kids that each day holds something to be grateful for and show them that they are not alone in dealing with difficult issues.

Some of the themes and issues we want to address are:

  • Bullying
  • Relationships with friends and family
  • Divorce
  • Moving
  • Crushes and relating to the opposite sex
  • Self-acceptance
  • Helping others
  • Being different
  • Physical and mental disabilities
  • Following rules
  • “Telling” on someone when it will help them
  • Doing the right thing even when it’s hard
  • How it feels to do the right thing

We are not planning to include stories that might be too mature for younger readers, such as stories about abuse. We are also a “Santa safe” company–we keep the magic alive for all our readers.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200.00 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100.00. You will retain the copyright for your story, and you will retain the right to resell it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO: http://chickensoup.com

Please indicate with your submission that you are a Kevin Sorbo fan… You might just go to the front of the line!

Select the “Submit Your Story” link on the left tool bar and follow the directions: http://www.chickensoup.com/form.asp?cid=submit_story

The deadline for story submissions is June 30, 2013, with the book going on sale in October 2013.

Here’s the link to order Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids:


(Image left courtesy of Kevin Sorbo; image right courtesy of Chicken Soup for the Soul)

  1. Rhonda
    May 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I can’t wait for this book to come out! I will pre-order a copy right away!

  2. teresa
    May 27, 2013 at 8:34 pm


  3. Jenny
    May 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

    That’s fantastic news. Thankyou Kevin for all you do, the world is a better place knowing you are here. Can’t wait for the book to come out. Take care all of you. Hugs Jenny xxx

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