Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

50 Years of High Marks for Highlights

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

50 Years of High Marks for Highlights

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DENTISTRY, in my mind and probably in the minds of millions of other baby boomers, will always be tied up with Highlights magazine.

Highlights made going to the dentist - all right, fun would be too strong a word. But it was something to look forward to.

As a kid, there was plenty to enjoy: seek and find pictures, simple stories for those who could barely read and meaty fiction for those who could, science pieces and poems, arts and crafts projects, brain teasers, plus a page for reader contributions.

As an adult, it's impressive to see that a magazine could set out to satisfy audiences from 2 to 12 - a huge span, developmentally - and consistently succeed.

Consistently, for 50 years.

Highlights was founded by Garry and Caroline Myers, a psychologist and a teacher. In 1946, the couple - who at the time were 62 and 59 respectively, and thinking about retirement - set out to create a wholesome (and, to this day, ad-free) publication that would stress values such as honesty, fairness and respect for others, and encourage reading by offering a wide range of articles in order to appeal to kids of different ages, interests and reading levels. They never managed to retire; today, Highlights is headed by two of their grandchildren, CEO Garry Cleveland Myers III and editor Kent L. Brown Jr.

To celebrate its anniversary, Highlights has put together a list of 10 tips for parents who want to encourage their children to read. The suggestions are not brand-new, but they are all good ones and worth considering again.

1. Read to your child. Start early and keep it up. Start with picture books and nursery rhymes; as your child grows up, move on to chapter books. Snuggling together while you read creates a lifelong love of reading (and some of your most precious memories).

Remember, children's "listening level" is higher than their reading level. By reading stories that are harder than the child might read alone, you will build your child's vocabulary and comprehension skills. …

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