About Us

The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.

Helping Storytellers Inspire Children Since 1985

For more than 35 years, the Highlights Foundation has embraced the core values that serve our mission: to positively impact children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.

Year after year, online and in-person, our programs, staff, faculty, and scholarships help us bring this mission to you. We offer a range of topics and types of courses, from no-cost webinars to week-long workshops to online intensives.

These offerings provide education, support, and encouragement for both beginning and published authors and illustrators, and are led by children’s publishing professionals: editors, authors, illustrators, art directors, publishers, agents, academics, and others who are there to help our community realize their creative goals.

We host our in-person workshops and retreats at our retreat center in Pennsylvania. Our offices are also located near the Highlights editorial office in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. (Learn more about the mission and history of Highlights for Children here.)

The Highlights Foundation is a public, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. We receive support from individuals, publishing companies, and other writers’ organizations who believe in our mission. Our scholarship program serves those who may not be able to bear the costs of our programs, and the majority of our named scholarship funds are endowed.

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We hope that you’ll join our community and help us fulfill our mission of inspiring children to become their best selves.

Workshoppers Gathered Around a Table

“The Highlights Foundation launched my writing career… I signed my first book contract shortly after [my first workshop], and within a year, I’d signed eight more contracts. The Highlights Foundation changed my life, and I’m forever thankful.
– Linda Oatman High

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From picture books to novels to nonfiction to poetry, tell your story and inspire a child.

Our Mission in Action

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Equity & Inclusion in Kidlit
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The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.