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Garry and Caroline Myers
Garry and Caroline Myers, lifelong experts in child development and parenting, founded Highlights for Children magazine in 1946. It was a fulfillment of their belief that “children are the world’s most important people.”
Garry and Caroline Myers, lifelong experts in
child development and parenting, founded
Highlights for Children magazine in 1946. It was a
fulfillment of their belief that “children are the world’s
most important people.”

Both Garry Cleveland Myers and Caroline Clark grew up in Pennsylvania farming families in the early 1900s, then met while attending college – a fitting place for a pair whose love of learning would be the foundation of the company they created together, Highlights for Children, Inc. Caroline taught school while Garry pursued his Ph.D. in child psychology at Columbia University. They married, and from that time on, they were partners in everything they did – as parents, as educators and, ultimately, as creators of their dream, a children's magazine that helped kids have Fun with a Purpose™. The Myerses enjoyed long and productive careers as teachers, lecturers and nationally recognized leaders in education and childhood development. During that time, Dr. Myers authored "The Parent Problem," a popular King Features, Inc., syndicated column that was published for more than 40 years in hundreds of newspapers across the country.

The Vision

Garry Cleveland Myers, founder and editor, reading mail from children in the early 1950s.
Garry Cleveland Myers, founder and editor, reading mail from children in the early 1950s.
Garry Cleveland Myers, founder and editor, reading
mail from children in the early 1950s.

Over a lifetime of study and work with children and parents, the Myerses formed a clear vision of what a quality magazine for children should be. They believed that childhood is a joyous time. They felt that children develop positive self-worth by using their creativity and imagination, developing their reading, thinking and reasoning skills, and learning to treat others with respect, kindness and sensitivity. They also believed that every child has a great capacity to learn and understand. From the late 1920s to the mid-1930s, Garry and Caroline helped develop a number of parenting publications. For 10 years, they were the editors of Children's Activities, a popular magazine for young children. In 1946, instead of retiring, they decided to take the next step in their journey to creating a publication designed around their philosophy of Fun with a Purpose. They took their savings and invested it in their dream, a magazine they named Highlights™, reflecting their intention to include only the best material for children.

Highlights Magazine Begins

Working in a two-room office over a car dealership in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, with a tiny band of co-workers, the Myerses created the first issue of the magazine they had long imagined. That first issue had a print run of 20,000 copies; in June 2006, the 1 billionth copy of the magazine rolled off the presses just in time for the company's 60th anniversary. The Myerses' philosophy that children are best taught values by seeing positive examples in stories and articles is a foundation of the magazine. With this idea in mind, Garry created many of the monthly features that still run in today's Highlights magazine, including Goofus and Gallant™, Hidden Pictures and BrainPlay. Also important to the Myerses was their belief in the brotherhood of man and respect for differences of all kinds. From the beginning, the magazine has celebrated children's experiences in many different cultures around the world. Over the course of their lifetime, the Myerses received public recognition and awards for their work from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Freedoms Foundation and the National Association of Gifted Children. Highlights has received numerous awards for editorial excellence from the Association of Educational Publishers (formerly the Educational Press Association of America). More important to the Myerses themselves and to the employees of the company today, Highlights for Children has helped millions of children become their best selves—creative, curious, confident and caring individuals.

Highlights magazines are trimmed and then moved onto a conveyor that flips them into the proper position for mailing labels.
During the printing process, Highlights magazines are trimmed and then moved onto a conveyor that flips them into the proper position for mailing labels. SOURCE: Pictured in 1981 at Baird-Ward Printing Company, Nashville, TN.
During the printing process, Highlights
magazines are trimmed and then moved onto
a conveyor that flips them into the proper
position for mailing labels. SOURCE: Pictured in
1981 at Baird-Ward Printing Company,
Nashville, TN.

Subscriber mailing labels are affixed to the Highlights magazines.
Subscriber mailing labels are affixed to the Highlights magazines. SOURCE: Pictured in 1981 at Baird-Ward Printing Company, Nashville, TN.
Subscriber mailing labels are affixed to the
Highlights magazines. SOURCE: Pictured in
1981 at Baird-Ward Printing Company,
Nashville, TN.

Highlights magazines are trimmed and then moved onto a conveyor that flips them into the proper position for mailing labels.
Highlights for Children, August 2006 issue, celebrates the 60th anniversary, and the one-billionth copy of the magazine, as 2 million copies roll off the presses at Quebecor World Printing, Inc., Clarksville, TN. The printer, formerly Arcata Graphics/Baird-Ward, had printed Highlights since 1957.
Highlights for Children, August 2006 issue,
celebrates the 60th anniversary, and the
one-billionth copy of the magazine, as
2 million copies roll off the presses at
Quebecor World Printing, Inc., Clarksville,
TN. The printer, formerly Arcata
Graphics/Baird-Ward, had printed
Highlights since 1957.

The United States Postal Service and Highlights celebrate Highlights for Children’s, one-billionth copy and 60th year anniversary. Pictured: John E. Potter, Postmaster General of the United States; Christine French Cully, Editor in Chief, Highlights for Children; Allen Kane, Director, National Postal Museum; and Kent S. Johnson, CEO, Highlights for Children, Inc.
The United States Postal Service and Highlights celebrate Highlights for Children’s, one-billionth copy and 60th year anniversary. Pictured from left: John E. Potter, Postmaster General of the United States; Christine French Cully, Editor in Chief, Highlights for Children; Allen Kane, Director, National Postal Museum; and Kent S. Johnson, CEO, Highlights for Children, Inc.
The United States Postal Service and Highlights celebrate Highlights for Children’s, one-billionth copy and 60th year anniversary. Pictured from left: John E. Potter, Postmaster General of the United States; Christine French Cully, Editor in Chief, Highlights for Children; Allen Kane, Director, National Postal Museum; and Kent S. Johnson, CEO, Highlights for Children, Inc.

The one-billionth copy of Highlights magazine is delivered to a young subscriber in Dallas, TX, on August 1, 2006.
The one-billionth copy of Highlights magazine is delivered to a young subscriber in Dallas, TX, on August 1, 2006. Present: Kent S. Johnson, CEO of Highlights for Children, Inc., and great-grandson of the Founders; and Christine French Cully, Highlights Editor in Chief. The child’s postal carrier, Richard Rurrett, who celebrated his 20th year of service, and Timothy Teamann, a 26-year veteran of the United States Postal Service, deliver the special copy of Highlights to the family.
The one-billionth copy of Highlights magazine is delivered to a young subscriber in Dallas, TX, on August 1, 2006. Present: Kent S. Johnson, CEO of Highlights for Children, Inc., and great-grandson of the Founders; and Christine French Cully, Highlights Editor in Chief. The child’s postal carrier, Richard Rurrett, who celebrated his 20th year of service, and Timothy Teamann, a 26-year veteran of the United States Postal Service, deliver the special copy of Highlights to the family.

Highlights for Children, Inc. is presented with the 1998 Mailing Excellence Award from the National Postal Forum and the United States Postal Service.
Highlights for Children, Inc. is presented with the 1998 Mailing Excellence Award from the National Postal Forum and the United States Postal Service. Highlights’ Holiday Gift Direct Mail Campaign scored the highest in the business category. Lajoyce Daniel-Cain, account representative for the U.S. Postal Service, presents CEO Garry Cleveland Myers III with a stamp display that bears the words “Helping Children Learn”.
Highlights for Children, Inc. is presented with the 1998 Mailing Excellence Award from the National Postal Forum and the United States Postal Service. Highlights’ Holiday Gift Direct Mail Campaign scored the highest in the business category. Lajoyce Daniel-Cain, account representative for the U.S. Postal Service, presents CEO Garry Cleveland Myers III, grandson of the Founders, with a stamp display that bears the words “Helping Children Learn”.

Daily delivery of mail to Highlights in the 1960s.
Daily delivery of mail to Highlights in the 1960s.
Daily delivery of mail to Highlights
in the 1960s.

Highlights editors looking at mail.
For almost 70 years, thousands of children have mailed poems, drawings, jokes, riddles, and questions to the editors annually. And every child has received a letter from Highlights in response.
For 70 years, thousands of children
have mailed poems, drawings, jokes, riddles,
and questions to the editors annually. And every
child has received a letter from Highlights in
response.

Timothy Teamann, a 26-year veteran of the United States Postal Service, delivers the one-billionth copy of Highlights magazine.
Timothy Teamann, a 26-year veteran of the United States Postal Service, delivers the one-billionth copy of Highlights magazine.
Timothy Teamann, a 26-year veteran of the
United States Postal Service, delivers the
one-billionth copy of Highlights magazine.

Highlights Today

Today, Highlights for Children is committed to the same values that guided the Myerses' work. Their belief that children experience fun and joy when they use their innate creativity, curiosity, thinking ability and imagination, and their commitment to the motto Fun with a Purpose can still be found on every page of Highlights magazine, as well as in an expanding family of products, including High Five™ magazine (for children ages 2 through 6), Hello magazine (for babies and toddlers), and book clubs such as Puzzlemania®, Puzzle Buzz™ and Which Way USA™, featuring reading content, crafts and activities, Hidden Pictures puzzles, and more.

>Highlights for Children magazine, February 2012
How do you think mail gets from place to place? SOURCE: Highlights for Children magazine, February 2012, “Thinking”
How do you think mail gets from place to place?
SOURCE: Highlights for Children magazine, February 2012, “Thinking”
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Snowshoe Thompson story.
Using the first skis in the American West, Snowshoe Thompson delivers mail during the winter over the once-impassable Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1875. SOURCE: Highlights for Children magazine, December 1983, “Snowshoe Thompson”
Using the first skis in the American West, Snowshoe Thompson delivers mail
during the winter over the once-impassable Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1875.
SOURCE: Highlights for Children magazine, December 1983, “Snowshoe Thompson”
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Eagle-Eye Hidden Pictures game
Find 20 envelopes hidden in this post office. SOURCE: Highlights Hidden Pictures Club, Eagle-Eye Hidden Pictures created in 2013, ages 6+. “Lost Letters,” a Hidden Pictures puzzle.
Find 20 envelopes hidden in this post office.
SOURCE: Highlights Hidden Pictures Club, Eagle-Eye Hidden Pictures created in 2013, ages 6+. “Lost Letters,” a Hidden Pictures puzzle.
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Puzzle by Highlights Puzzle Club.
Megan is expecting a special letter. Find all the Hidden Pictures. Place a sticker on each one. SOURCE: Highlights Puzzle Club, Puzzle Buzz created in 2007, ages 4-7. “Mail Call,” a Hidden Pictures puzzle.
Megan is expecting a special letter. Find all the Hidden Pictures. Place a sticker on each one.
SOURCE: Highlights Puzzle Club, Puzzle Buzz created in 2007, ages 4-7. “Mail Call,” a Hidden Pictures puzzle.
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Page in Highlights magazine entitled 'Yours in Malawi'
Megan is expecting a special letter. Find all the Hidden Pictures. Place a sticker on each one. SOURCE: Highlights Puzzle Club, Puzzle Buzz created in 2007, ages 4-7. “Mail Call,” a Hidden Pictures puzzle.
Etina, a girl in Malawi, Africa, worries that she has nothing exciting to tell her American pen pal.
SOURCE: Highlights for Children magazine, March 2014, “Yours in Malawi”.
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