Highlights Magazine for Children is an award-winning magazine for children ages 6 to 12. The first issue of this magazine was published in 1946. Over the last 72 years, this family-owned company has expanded the Highlights Magazine brand to include three additional monthly magazines called Hello, High Five, and High Five Bilingue for children 2-6 years of age with many pages containing both Spanish and English. Highlights has also introduced products for children starting at birth and they now market other products such as book clubs, games, mobile apps, and more.
About Highlights Magazine
Highlights Magazines are written for specific age groups, appropriate to each stage of a child’s development:
All versions of Highlights Magazine contain content-free advertising and are loved by both parents and kids. Reading Highlights magazine together is time a child can share with a parent and this time is a very special time for a child, no matter how young or old the child may be.
Types of Content
The Highlights slogan for over 70 years has been “Fun With a Purpose. The publisher describes their Highlights for Children as a “magazine of wholesome fun, dedicated to helping children grow in basic skills and knowledge, in creativeness, in ability to think and reason, in sensitivity to others, in high ideals and worthy ways of living–for children are the world’s most important people”. How do they accomplish this? Every Highlights for Children issue has a section specifically devoted to one or more of these goals. Let’s look at some of the content from the November 2018 issue:
Goofus and Gallant
Every issue of Highlights for Children has a page showing the difference between how Goofus and Gallant behave or react during a particular situation. You can probably tell by their names that Goofus is the young boy who usually displays bad manners and needs to learn how to “do the right thing”. Gallant is the good boy who always does or says the right thing. In the November 2018 issue, Goofus displays poor judgment on the telephone while Gallant knows not to provide personal information and asks instead to take a message. The column then asks its young readers to send in examples of their own Goofus and Gallant moments. Examples of one Goofus and one Gallant moment from readers are shared at the bottom of the page.
Hidden Pictures is a black and white drawing of a large picture with a theme. Hidden within the large picture are smaller items that kids are challenged to find. Clues for what items to look for are provided. In the November 2018 issue, the theme is Prize Pie’s Surprises (likely in keeping with Thanksgiving). Older kids know the Hidden Picture page is always on page 14 and they will often turn to that page when their new issue arrives.
The “What’s Wrong?” feature is always on the back cover. It’s a colorful drawing with a theme and kids are challenged to find things in the picture that look silly or don’t belong. In the November 2018 issue the theme pictures a rock-climbing wall. Two objects that sure look silly on a rock-climbing wall are an angry-looking eagle in a nest and a climber wearing a scuba suit.
"Ask Arizona" is an advice column that answers questions to commons problems and issues faced by 6 to 12-year-olds. This column helps children to realize they are not alone and gives them an opportunity to talk with mom and dad about what they think they might do if they were involved in a similar situation. In the November 2018 issue, Arizona helps answer a reader’s question about how to deal with a friend struggling with feelings of envy and disappointment because the reader was chosen to be on the soccer league’s all-star team and their friend was not.
JOKES AND RIDDLES
Each issue of Highlights for Children has a Jokes page and a Riddles page. A knock-knock joke is typically included on the jokes page and the riddles are often very clever. Here are just two examples from the November 2018 issue:
Many of the issues contain tongue twisters. An example from the November 2018 issue is, “Barney the bear ate buttered biscuits and bananas for brunch.”
The Brain Play section of Highlights for Children asks thought-provoking questions. One question from the November 2018 issue is, "Would foods make good toys? Why or why not?" You’ll learn a lot about how your child thinks, and it might lead to some fun-filled conversations.
YOUR OWN PAGES
This section of Highlights for Children publishes creative work submitted by readers. The November 2018 issued featured drawings and poems. Imagine how proud your child (and you) would be to see their work in the magazine! And, if it’s never published, you can both be proud of their willingness to try, and perhaps discuss why their work may not have been chosen.
Children ages 6 to 12 love to do arts and crafts. What’s special about the craft ideas suggested in Highlights for Children? Most crafts can be assembled with simple, easy to source items. There were four great craft ideas suggested in the November 2018 issue including the “Get-Well-Soon Kit”. What a sweet idea for a child to make a kit for a friend, neighbor, or family member who may be feeling a bit under the weather. Both the child and the gift recipient will feel good by the simple gesture and thoughtfulness.
Each issue of Highlights for Children also contains stories and activities that are as “entertaining as they are educational”. The November 2018 issue contains a story about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a story about Louis Tewanima and the Hopi Indian cultural tradition associated with long distance running. Such engaging stories help to encourage a lifetime love of reading.
Resources For Parents
Highlights Magazine believes “children are the world’s most important people” and the publisher is dedicated to what they call the 4C’s: “helping families raise Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident kids”. The parent's section of their website contains how-to-articles, activities, tips, blogs, and more in each of these 4C areas.
As an example, a recent Highlights Aha Blog gives parents “4 Ways to Talk with Your Kids About Today’s Celebrity Influencers—YouTubers, E-Gamers, Reality-TV stars, and Athletes”. Or if you’re looking for a great Thanksgiving craft, check out the “Thankful Turkey” made with simple, easy to source items such as card stock or poster board, yarn, markers, and glue. The kids can write or draw about something they’re thankful for on each of the turkey’s feathers, or they can make a “compliment turkey” for someone else by writing a nice thing about that person on each feather.
Kids also love doing science experiments. What family doesn’t have leftover Halloween candy? Help your kids put some of that candy into a science experiment instead of into their tummies. The Parent’s section has three simple experiments you can do together to learn about acids, oils, and colors in candy. Or how about making some green slime?
The Kids in the Kitchen section has fun and easy recipes to make. The recipes often have "teachable moments" included for the parents to share with their children while they're working together. The French Toast Bites recipe looks delicious. Did you know that French Toast has also been called German toast, eggy bread, Bombay toast, and poor knights’ pudding? Neither did we!
You can’t go wrong with Highlights Magazine. Children love getting mail and they will enjoy reading each and every issue either together with a parent or all by themselves. The magazines are so full of entertaining and educational content, kids will often read them over and over again while they wait for the next issue. They will be pleasantly surprised by content they missed the first time through. You can also switch, for example, from the High Five highlights magazine to the Highlights for Children magazine if your 5 or 6-year-old is ready for the next stage of content.
Lots of kids today love their iPad or other tablet and now they can access their Highlights magazine digitally with help from a parent.
Highlights Magazine is easy to order. Go to www.highlights.com and choose the magazine appropriate for your child's (or children's) age. If for any reason you are not 100% thoroughly satisfied, Highlights Magazine will be happy to cancel your order. Simply write “cancel” on your invoice and return it to Highlights. You can also call Highlights at 1-888-372-6433.