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500+ Things That Kids Like

Nice list! Total fun for the entire summer!

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)


An eclectic list of 99 things that children like was given to me by a writing friend last year after she attended a conference.  The list was courtesy of children’s sports author Andy Gutelle…and here I’ve added 400+ more (and more)!  I hope this list gives a spark to your writing for children, but I wonder what it will do to my search engine hits?!

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Note: this list is more targeted toward picture-book-age children (8 and under) than tweens (9-12) or teens.


(And also check out the list of things kids don’t like.)

  1. 3D Movies
  2. Acrobats
  3. Air Hockey
  4. Airplanes
  5. Aliens
  6. Allowance
  7. Amusement Parks
  8. Aquariums
  9. Arts & Crafts
  10. Astronauts
  11. Autumn Leaves
  12. Awards
  13. Babies
  14. Backpacks
  15. Bacon
  16. Badminton
  17. Baggy Clothes
  18. Balloon Animals
  19. Balloons
  20. Band-Aids
  21. Basketball
  22. Bathroom Humor
  23. BB Guns
  24. Beaches
  25. Beanbag Chairs
  26. Being Independent
  27. Being Older Than Another Kid
  28. Being Loved

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Inkshares: New “Crowd-Directed” Publishing Model

Yet another angle to the shape that is publishing

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

david-michael-slater-mayby David Michael Slater


My name is David Michael Slater. As an author of 20+ books (for children, teens, and adults) I am always interested in new ways of reaching readers. Self-publishing has never appealed to me. I have nothing whatsoever against it, but the sky-high pile of self-published titles one must compete with is simply too daunting, especially when so many people report not wanting to take the time to sift through that pile for the gems. The traditional route is as daunting as ever, but I do not bash it either. But it is a rough go, especially with a project that seems risky in any way.

Enter Inkshares.


My newest picture book, Hanukkah Howie vs. Santa Claus, recently launched with this newfangled “crowd-directed” publisher. Inkshares makes final decisions about projects based on pre-sales. This is a fascinating new approach that, thus far, I find extremely reasonable.



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