Started in 1946, ''Highlights for Children'' is targeted at little kids, offering them entertainment and education. It features various comics, stories, articles and activities.

!Notable sections:
* ''Aloysius and…'', stories about a wolf who constantly got into trouble. These ran until the 1990s.
* ''Ask Arizona'', a letters section
* ''The Bear Family'', a comic (1946–89, 1998–present) about a family of bears
* ''Literature/GoofusAndGallant'', which has its own page
* ''Headwork'', a page of questions for parents to ask their children
* ''The Timbertoes'', a comic about a family made of wood
* ''What's Wrong?'': The back cover always includes intentional goofs for the children to spot.
* ''Your Own Pages'', drawings and poems submitted by readers

It also includes hidden-picture puzzles, joke and riddle sections, factual articles, craft pages and other features that have come and gone over time.

!!Tropes present:

* AntiRoleModel: Goofus.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Many features have been retired over time as their creators died or retired.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** In early years, Goofus and Gallant were more elflike.
** The magazine got more and more colorful over time. Until the mid-1970s, the covers were rather drab and used only one color.
* MonochromeToColor: The ''Timbertoes'' comic featured switched to color in spring 2003 with a story about a rainy day (shown in black and white) giving way to a rainbow (turning everything colored in the process).
* PrintLongRunners: From 1946 to the present.
* SpinOff: ''High Five'', targeted at children age 5 and below.