Highlights for Children

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Highlights for Children
Highlights for Children - Highlights Magazine Cover.jpg
Highlights Magazine – May 2013
Editor Christine French Cully
Frequency Monthly
First issue June 1946
Company Highlights for Children, Inc.
Country United States
Based in Columbus, Ohio
Language English
Website www.highlights.com
ISSN 0018-165X

Highlights for Children, often referred to simply as Highlights, is an American children's magazine. It began publication in June 1946, started by Garry Cleveland Myers and his wife Caroline Clark Myers in Honesdale, Pennsylvania (the present location of its editorial office).[1] They both worked for another children's magazine, Children's Activities, for 12 years before leaving to start Highlights. Since its inception Highlights has carried the slogan "Fun with a Purpose".

The company is now based in Columbus, Ohio,[2] and owns book publishers Zaner-Bloser, Stenhouse Publishers, Staff Development for Educators and Boyds Mills Press. Highlights has surpassed one billion copies in print. Highlights, High Five, and Hello magazines do not carry any third-party advertising or commercial messages.

Before Highlights[edit]

Garry Myers earned a PhD in psychology from Columbia University before WWI, providing a basis for the teaching he would do the rest of his life. He and Caroline Myers taught illiterate soldiers for the US Army, with Caroline becoming the first female teacher employed by the Army.[3] This experience led to their pioneering of elementary education. They taught educators and parents for a time at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, during which Garry Myers wrote a nationally syndicated column entitled Parent Problems, and the couple co-authored several books.

They had become nationally well known in education and wished to share their knowledge so they began to work for Children's Activities. Lecturing across the nation, they informed, discovered, and refined what they knew. Certain business endeavors[which?] kept them from publishing what they thought was ideal for a children's magazine.[citation needed] Their travels also led to long discussions on what would be appropriate for children, and after finishing with Children's Activities instead of retiring they decided to start their own magazine. Their experience, knowledge and uncompromising methods led to a success for Highlights. Later, they would buy Children's Activities and incorporate it in Highlights.

Garry and Caroline Myers tragically lost their son Garry and his wife Mary along with a Highlights company Vice President - Cyril Ewart - who were all passengers on TWA Flight 266, which collided over New York Harbor with United Flight 826 on December 16, 1960, while the three were on the trip to discuss distribution plans for Highlights magazine.[4] There was only one survivor on either plane, who died the following day.

Highlights Magazine for Children[edit]

Highlights High Five Magazine for Preschoolers[edit]

Highlights High Five is a younger children's counterpart to Highlights, first published with the January 2007 issue. This children's magazine is for preschoolers ages two through six. The goal of High Five is to help children develop and to give parent and child a fun and meaningful activity to do together each month. Every issue is 40 pages and includes poems and stories, crafts, easy recipes, games, puzzles and other activities that encourage children to be lifelong learners.[5]

Highlights Hello Magazine for Toddlers[edit]

Highlights Hello Magazine

Highlights Hello Magazine was introduced in December 2012. This magazine for babies and toddlers targets children ages 0–2 years old. Highlights announced that this magazine, which is offered in several subscription packages[6] is designed specifically for babies.

Regular magazine features[edit]

Ask Arizona Appearing in the magazine since 2005, "Ask Arizona" is a story series featuring a girl named Arizona who writes an advice column for other children, similar to Dear Abby or Ask Ann Landers. The article depicts real-life experiences and appears in every issue.

Hidden Pictures Hidden Pictures, published in every issue of Highlights since the magazine's inception, is now found on page 14 of each issue. Children find the smaller hidden pictures within the larger picture.

Goofus & Gallant First appearing in Highlights in 1948, Goofus & Gallant is a cartoon feature created by Garry Cleveland Myers and drawn by Anni Matsick. The strip features two contrasting boys, Goofus and Gallant. In each cartoon, it is shown how each boy would respond to the same situation. Goofus chooses an irresponsible and immature path, while Gallant chooses a responsible, mature and kind path. Often the panels would provide description, such as on a school bus: Goofus hogs his seatGallant makes space for someone else to sit down. Sometimes the situations would show the boys talking, such as phone courtesy when parents are away: Goofus: "Someone called but I forgot their name." Gallant: "Someone called for you. I wrote down their name and number". Goofus and Gallant's primary function is to teach children basic social skills. Originally drawn in black and white, Goofus and Gallant changed to colored pencils in 1994 and later changed to colored computer graphics in December 2005.

A classic Goofus and Gallant from October 1980

The Timbertoes Created for a 1932 book of the same name (published by The Harter Publishing Company) by writers Edna M. Aldredge and Jessie F. McKee along with illustrator John Gee, The Timbertoes has appeared in Highlights magazine for more than 50 years. The first Highlights incarnation was a full-page black and white comic strip featuring line-drawn characters, later switching to digital color in 2003. The Timbertoes family consists of parents Ma and Pa and their children Tommy and Mabel. The characters, including their dog Spot, cat Splinter, goat Butter, and horse Troy are depicted as being constructed from wood. Upon Gee's death, Highlights Senior Editor Marileta Robinson took over writing the strip, with illustrations done by Judith Hunt. Since 2003, the Timbertoes have appeared in color with Ron Zalme as the illustrator. Rich Wallace is the current writer.

The Bear Family Appearing in Highlights from the very beginning until 1989, this cartoon featured a family of bears which included the mother, father and three children named Poozy, Woozy, and Piddy. It reappeared in 1998.

Jokes Appearing in every issue is a series of 10 jokes of various kinds. A knock-knock joke is always included as a part of this feature.

Riddles A series of ten riddles. The punchlines appear upside-down at the bottom of the column.

Your Own Pages "Your Own Pages" is a feature that prints drawings, poems, and stories by readers who submit them to the magazine.

What's Wrong? Featured on the back cover, "What's Wrong?" is a large drawing of a typical scene of children playing, but unusual objects take the place of normal things throughout the picture. The page instructs the reader to find the various objects that are wrong.

Crafts This is a section where kids can make different crafts, such as puzzles, puppets and cards.

Brain Play This section comprises a list of several simple questions for children.

Contests Sometimes Highlights would have an illustration of something and would ask if a reader could submit a short story to accompany this. Other times it could be an unfinished story and the contest would ask if the readers could submit a few paragraphs to complete it. Several ideas would be chosen as winners and featured in a future issue.

Dear Highlights Dear Highlights is an advice column from real children appearing at the back of each issue.

Puzzles, Short Stories, and Poems Every issue of Highlights features puzzles, short stories, and poems throughout the issue. A puzzle is always featured at the front side of the back cover.

Your Best Self "Your Best Self" is a one-panel comic showing kids doing the right thing.

Former features[edit]


The Aloysius stories were written by Sydney K. Davis.[7] They centralized on an anthropomorphic wolf named Aloysius, who would get into a situation and have to be rescued by the other characters in the story, a male named Samuel Samuel and a female named Wanda. These appeared until 1993.

Appearances and references in pop culture[edit]

Highlights magazines have appeared in many movies and TV shows, especially episodes or scenes in doctor's or dentist's offices.

Mad Men: – In Season 4, Episode 5, Sally Draper is reading a Highlights magazine while waiting to see a child psychiatrist.

Finding Nemo – Three Highlights magazines are visible in the short scene of a boy and his mother in the waiting room beside the fish tank in the dentist's office in Sydney.

That 70's Show – A short clip of Eric and Kelso called "Doofus and Diligent" parodied Highlights staple "Goofus and Gallant".

Petticoat Junction – Vintage Highlights magazines can been seen in the hotel lobby.

American Choppers – Mikey refers to an article in Highlights that discussed sleep and the importance of naps.

Arrested Development' – In Season 2, episode 14, George Bluth, Sr., mistakenly recalls Goofus and Gallant as names of biblical figures in The Immaculate Election.

BioShock Infinite' – Dimwit & Duke are a parody of Goofus and Gallant.

The Simpsons' – In Hardly Kirk-ing, Homer mentions he is subscribing to Highlights, until Marge tells him it's a children's magazine and tells him to read the full title as proof. He then read 'Highlights for – D'oh!'

All That - Kel Mitchell and Josh Server play characters known as Peter and Flem, based on Goofus and Gallant. Peter like Gallant would choose the right, courteous way while Flem like Goofus uses his own immature methods.

The Boondocks' – In Season 1, Episode 15, "The Passion of Reverend Ruckus", Jazmine has a copy of the magazine to bring during a planned trip to visit Huey's friend, Shabazz K. Milton Berle in Death Row.

In the sprite comic 8-Bit Theater, the four main characters read mostly fictional magazines while waiting in one strip. The childish character Fighter is seen reading Highlights.

Beavis and Butt-head – In season 4, episode 25, "Patients, Patients", Beavis reads the "Goofus and Gallant" section of a Highlights magazine while sitting in the waiting room of a doctor's office and remarks, "Goofus is cool."

King of the Hill - In one episode, Hank Hill, reading the magazine while in hospital waiting room, remarks "This Goofus fella is a dumbass."

Other references to Highlights include American Dad!, How I Met Your Mother, Jim Cramer's Mad Money, Parks and Recreation, Bob's Burgers, and Switched at Birth.


  1. ^ "Highlights – About the Company". www.highlights.com. Highlights. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Children's Magazines". Book Market. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ The Founders – Highlights for Children
  4. ^ http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2010/12/13/lives-dreams-lost.html
  5. ^ "Highlights High Five Magazine for Preschoolers". Highlights for Children. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Highlights Hello Magazine for Toddlers". Highlights for Children. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Obituaries: Sydney K. Davis". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 2004-01-24. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 

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