This #HFGather was extra-special because it brought together both the Highlights Foundation and the Highlights for Children communities! Highlights Foundation Program Director Alison Green Myers had a lively conversation with Highlights Editor in Chief/Chief Purpose Officer Christine French Cully. The two talked about the new book Dear Highlights: What Adults Can Learn from 75 Years of Letters and Conversations with Kids. Curated by Christine, the book contains letters from kids to Highlights and the responses that the magazine’s editors made.
Alison began by saying “This book isn’t static…as much as the type is set on the page, this book is meant to move. It’s meant to move between reader and words, between reader and author, and really between reader and the kids who have stepped forward to express themselves. That’s such power in this object.”
Part of the book’s power comes from the Highlights belief that kids matter, and this is at the very heart of every response.
Some of the ground they covered in their conversation:
Some thoughts for writers and illustrators from the talk:
Speaking directly to our creator community, Christine said: “The power of words and pictures to influence kids can’t be overestimated…the world needs people who care about kids to write for kids and to share their voices.”
We’re grateful to Highlights and to Chris, who has agreed to autograph copies of the book in conjunction with a fundraiser for the Highlights Foundation. For your $75 donation to the Highlights Foundation, we will send you an autographed copy of Dear Highlights. Donate here.
Watch the #HFGather below:
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Posted on: August 26, 2021