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Highlights for Children

Fun with a Purpose™

Our motto first appeared in the inaugural June 1946 issue and remains the company's guiding principle.

It all started in a two-room office over a car dealership in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

The year was 1946. After decades as teachers, lecturers, and nationally recognized leaders in education and child development, Garry Cleveland Myers and Caroline Clark Myers created Highlights, a monthly magazine for children ages 6 to 12. They filled it with stories, adventures, brainteasers, and, of course, our beloved Hidden Pictures® puzzles. It reflected the Myerses’ philosophy that children become their “best selves” by using their creativity and imagination; developing their reading, thinking, and reasoning skills; and learning to treat others with respect, kindness, and sensitivity.

Since then, the Highlights brand has grown to a diverse and inclusive family of products for kids from birth to 12. Beyond Highlights Hello™, High Five™High Five Bilingue™, and Highlights magazines, our brand of wholesome fun extends to games, websites, mobile apps, and the book clubs Let’s Grow™, LET'S PLAY Hidden Pictures, EAGLE-EYE Hidden PicturesMathmania™, Puzzlemania®, Puzzle Buzz™ , Top Secret Adventures™  and Which Way USA™. Highlights not only reaches across multiple platforms, it also spans the globe: Highlights International's products are now available in 40 countries and in 16 languages.

With our flagship magazine's success, Highlights for Children, Inc., expanded to include other companies. From our trade-book group, Boyds Mills Press, and retail division, Highlights Press, to our education group, Zaner Bloser Inc., including textbook publishers, Stenhouse Publishers,  and seminars for teachers at Staff Development for Educators, all our businesses make a significant contribution to the education of children.

Our Mission & Values

Because children are the world’s most important people™, our company’s mission is to serve children, their families, and others involved in their development. We do this by offering only superior products and services that nourish children’s minds and hearts, by adhering to the highest standards in business methods and practices, and by fostering an environment that strengthens our employees’ desire to give their best efforts every day. We choose business partners with care and place ourselves only in environments that allow us to preserve integrity and achieve our mission without compromise. We are also committed to the prudent use of the company’s resources, making rigorous decisions, investing wisely, and being good stewards of the earth.

Our Leadership

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Kent S. Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

Highlights for Children, Inc.

Kent S. Johnson is only the third CEO in the history of the company which his great-grandparents, Garry Cleveland Myers, Ph.D., and Caroline Clark Myers, founded in 1946.

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Christine French Cully

Editor in Chief

Highlights for Children, Inc.

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Lesa Scott


Education Group

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Additional Company Contacts

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Pat Mikelson

Historian and Archivist

Highlights for Children, Inc.

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Mary Alice Moore

SVP and Publisher

Highlights Retail Group

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Dan Tobin


Stenhouse Publishers

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Emily Hawkins

General Manager

Staff Development for Educators

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Laura Stewart

Chief Academic Officer

Education Group

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Andy Shafran

VP, International & Digital Business

Highlights for Children, Inc.

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