Started in 1946, Highlights for Children is targeted at little kids, offering them entertainment and education. It features various comics, stories, articles and activities.
- 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 (194689, 1998present) about a family of bears
- Goofus and Gallant, 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.
- Anti-Role Model: Goofus.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Many features have been retired over time as their creators died or retired.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- 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.
- Monochrome to Color: 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).
- Print Long-Runners: From 1946 to the present.
- Spin-Off: High Five, targeted at children age 5 and below.