Company History

Founded in 1946, Highlights for Children, Inc., is dedicated to the belief that "children are the world's most important people™." Every Highlights product helps children become their best selves and become curious, creative, caring and confident individuals. With its flagship magazine’s success, Highlights for Children, Inc., expanded to include other companies. From trade book and textbook publishers to creators of educational seminars for teachers, all members of the Highlights Family of Companies make a significant contribution to the education of children.

Highlights Timeline

2016

2016

Highlights products—magazines, storybooks, puzzle books, games, apps—now circle the globe, translated into Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Malay, Polish, Czech, Russian, Greek, French, Turkish, Portuguese, Thai, and Hungarian.

2014

2014

Highlights welcomes High Five Bilingüe™ to the family, serving a growing need for content that inspires learning and confidence in two languages for beginning readers and their caregivers. 

Also, the range of Highlights book clubs now fits every age and every stage! The most recent, Let’s Grow!™ (ages 0-2), joins LET'S PLAY (3–6) and EAGLE-EYE (6+) Hidden Pictures® to scale favorite Highlights features to different developmental levels.

2013

2013

Highlights Hello™ is born! This chew-proof, drool-resistant magazine for babies and toddlers packs up a bundle of joyful stories and poems, as well as expert advice for parents. It also includes “Find It,” a feature that readies infants for a future of Hidden Pictures® puzzles.

2012

2012

Younger learners ages 4 to 7 get their own book clubs, Puzzle Buzz™ and Hidden Pictures Playground™. Highlights Talent Youth—the first foreign-language edition of the flagship magazine—debuts in Beijing and expands the boundaries of playful learning.

2009

2009

Hidden Pictures® goes digital, with its first app for iPhone (now updated and available for all mobile devices). Kids can choose whether to use picture or word object clues—or none at all. Now, where is that ice-cream cone?

2008

2008

Highlights puzzle books set sail for other countries, reaching one million in China by 2012.

2007

2007

Say hi to High Five™ magazine! This publication for preschoolers introduces My First Hidden Pictures™ — in full color and paired with a nursery rhyme. Spot, the puppy from The Timbertoes™, and Arizona’s brother and sister, 5-year-old twins Tex and Indi, appear in features that appeal to the younger set.

2006

2006

Coinciding with the magazine’s 60th anniversary, the one billionth copy of Highlights™ is printed and hand-delivered to a young subscriber in Dallas, Texas.

2005

2005

Little brother pestering you?  Bothered by schoolyard gossip? Just Ask Arizona® for help. The new monthly feature stars tween advice columnist Arizona, who tackles topics that all kids struggle with.

2004

2004

Hidden Pictures Playground™, a book club that provides seek-and-find fun for ages 3 to 7, launches.

1999

1999

Mathmania™, filled with engaging math puzzles for kids that reinforce key concepts and problem-solving skills, joins the book clubs roster, adding up to countless fun for young  logic and numbers fans.

1997

1997

Highlights book clubs tap into kids’ special interests: Which Way USA™ guides kids playfully around the 50 states through geography puzzles and maps; Top Secret Adventures™ turns a detective game into an around-the-world tour.

1996

1996

Highlights launches its free website for kids, HighlightsKids.com.

1993

1993

Stenhouse Publishers is established to bring out books about teaching, authored by teachers and directed at teachers. Their focus began with and continues to be on publishing original, author-driven, research-backed books that are readable and pragmatic, helping teachers to use their own classrooms as laboratories.

1991

1991

The company expanded its footprint in the education market by acquiring Staff Development for Educators, based in Peterborough, N.H., to provide professional training to teachers through conferences, in-school sessions and now, online.

1990

1990

Boyds Mills Press was founded in Honesdale, Pa., to publish author-driven trade books for children, including poetry, fiction, and history titles. Kent Brown Jr. served as publisher.

1989

1989

Puzzlemania®, Highlights’ first major non-magazine product, is created as a book club. Each volume challenges kids ages 6+ with a variety of brainteasers, from mazes to crosswords.

1984

1984

Launched by Kent Brown Jr., a grandson of the founders, the Highlights Foundation offers workshops, retreats, and other support to writers, illustrators, and all creators of kid-friendly content.

1981

1981

Award-winning design consultant Jon Peter redesigns the cover of Highlights™ to include a rich illustration featuring children or animals. What’s Wrong?™ puzzle debuts on the back cover and can be found on every outside back cover to present day.

1973

1973

Popular feature Check and Double Check, by Martin Filchock, first appears in Highlights™.

1972

1972

Highlights expands into the educational product marketplace by acquiring handwriting-specialist Zaner-Bloser, Inc. The editorial offices were in Honesdale, Pa., at first but eventually moved to join the business team in Columbus, Ohio.  

1970

1970

The first “Hidden Pictures with Other Thinking Activities” puzzle book is printed.

1960

1960

Its now familiar “smiling H” logo in place since 1957, the magazine reaches half a million subscribers. By the 1980s, circulation tops 2 million, encouraging children to become “their best selves.”

1957

1957

Cover designer Herb Pinzke creates the Smiling H logo along with the rhomboid shapes on the cover of Highlights™.

1954

1954

Munro Leaf, author and illustrator of “The Story of Ferdinand” (1936), created two cartoon characters, Snooperoo and Parakoot, who appeared on covers and as recurring characters inside the magazine.

1951

1951

Artist/author John Gee first shares with Highlights™ readers his wood-carved family The Timbertoes™—Ma, Pa, and son Tommy. (Daughter Mabel and pets Spot and Splinter arrive later.)

1948

1948

Goofus and Gallant™ arrive in Highlights™, side by side, illustrating two boys (or are they one and the same?) who make opposite behavior choices in similar situations. Though their look has changed over time (no elf ears for one!), they still prompt kids to confront the classic question: Who are you behaving like today—Goofus or Gallant?

1946

1946

The first issue of Highlights for Children™ rolls off the presses, presenting the first black-and-white Hidden Pictures® puzzle and reaching 20,000 children, mainly through door-to-door sales. Aimed at ages 6 to 12, the magazine mixes stories, puzzles, and creative thinking with eye-catching illustrations for Fun with a Purpose™.

1912

1912

After meeting at Ursinus College, child psychologist Garry Cleveland Myers and educator Caroline Clark, both from Pennsylvania farming families, marry and begin a lifelong collaboration. Through their teaching, writing, and lectures throughout the U.S., the Myerses became sought-after experts in child development, parent education, and literacy skills.