Inspiring Workshops for Children's Authors & Illustrators

“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.

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Our campus tucked away in the picturesque northeastern Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains.  It’s only a few hours from NYC and Philadelphia, but worlds away from everyday life.

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Juana Martinez-Neal on Creative Leaps and New Techniques

Juana Martinez-Neal on Creative Leaps and New Techniques

Gareth Hinds on Creative Process and Taking Artistic Leaps

Gareth Hinds on Creative Process and Taking Artistic Leaps

Trust Your Story with Yourself and Your Community

Trust Your Story with Yourself and Your Community

You’re Never Too Old to Write

You’re Never Too Old to Write

Inspiring Children Through Story

“My picture book ... deals with parents separating. One little boy, who parents recently divorced, went to bed with [it] many nights. This deeply moved me to know this picture book helped this little boy.

"I tutor 2nd grade reluctant readers. My understanding of picture book structure and prose allows me to help them learn more than words. Rather than just read the story, we talk about it."

"You mean I get to keep this book forever?"

…Spoken by a child in tears who was gifted with one of my books at a school visit and had never owned a book before.

"When I hear kids giggle while I’m reading [my book] I feel like I’ve done the job I intended to do."

OUR MISSION

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

From Our Community

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Trisha Tobias Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Trisha Tobias Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Daria Peoples-Riley Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Daria Peoples-Riley Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Krystal Song Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Krystal Song Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Nathalie Alonso Talks About Her Why

Diversity in Children’s Literature Fellow Nathalie Alonso Talks About Her Why

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Our campus (The Barn at Boyds Mills) is tucked away in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  It's a few hours from both New York City and Philadelphia, but worlds away from everyday life.

Line drawing of the Barn at Boyds Mills

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