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Highlights Magazine Launches Annual State of the Kid™ Survey

Columbus, OH • Friday, April 1, 2016

Highlights for Children, the leading family media brand and publisher of the best-read children’s magazine in North America, has announced the eighth annual State of the Kid™ survey is live and open to children ages 6-12 across the nation. The annual survey gives kids a national platform from which to share their thoughts and feelings about major issues. This year’s survey will dive into children’s feelings on the upcoming election and the role of a president.

“At Highlights for Children, we believe that listening is one of the greatest services we can offer children. When we actively listen, we better understand what it’s like to be a kid today,” said Christine French Cully, editor-in-chief, Highlights magazine. “Too often we look at issues that affect kids only through a parental lens. But when we ask kids for their thoughts, our eyes are opened, and what we learn helps us better help them.”

The State of the Kid survey was launched in 2009 as a vehicle to gather kids’ thoughts on topics important to their world. This year’s survey seeks kids’ opinions on the current election, the degree to which it’s discussed in their home, the role of the president, what the future president should know about being a kid today and more.

“Election year 2016, unlike any other in recent history, has captured the attention of both parents and children to an unprecedented degree,” said Cully. “Our survey results will be useful to parents who want to know how to better talk to their kids about our democratic process.”

Children can make their voices heard and take the survey at The survey will be available for children to take from now through May.

To find out more information about the State of the Kid survey, past survey results or Highlights magazine, please visit

About Highlights for Children

Devoted to "Fun with a Purpose" for 70 years, global family-media brand Highlights for Children, Inc. ( has helped millions of children foster their creativity and become their best selves. Sixty years after its inception in 1946, Highlights printed its one-billionth copy at its headquarters in Columbus, OH. In addition to the flagship magazine for children 6-12, Highlights’ other offerings include a Highlights High Five™ magazine for children 2-6; High Five Bilingüe™, an English/Spanish version of High Five magazine, for children ages 2-6; Highlights Hello™ magazine for children 0-2 and their parents; a children’s book division (Highlights Press, including Boyds Mills Press), puzzle book clubs and several digital offerings including two new mobile apps recently released: Highlights Hidden Pictures and Highlights Every Day. Connect with Highlights at,, and

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