Kids & Teens
Highlights for Children

Highlights for Children July 2020

The experts at Highlights know how to keep kids motivated while they learn. Filled with fiction, nonfiction, Hidden Pictures®, skill-building puzzles, science experiments and more, this read-only digital version of Highlights magazine strengthens reading abilities, promotes creativity, sharpens thinking skills, and helps build confidence. Visit Highlights.com to learn more. Ages 6-12.

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Highlights for Children, Inc.
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in this issue

1 min.
take courage!

Several months ago, I claimed a word to be “mine” for 2020. My special word was courage. I knew that I’d be doing many new things this year, and some of those things scared me a little. Remembering this word was helpful as I adapted to living in a new city. It helped me as I started new projects I’d never tackled before. It helped me get comfortable with being uncomfortable as I reached out to make new friends. I’ve learned that courage is as important to a growing person as water is to a growing plant. In the story “I Am the Pine” (pages 8–9), Tessa, too, discovers the importance of courage. She learns that, just as a tree grows strong by putting down roots that are not just deep…

3 min.
i am the pine

“Look at this,” I said to my friend Mandy, holding up the bright-red paper I had grabbed as we entered the library. “There’s a five-day art camp at White Cliff this summer.” Mandy took the paper and glanced at it. She stopped when her eyes caught the date. “It’s during the last week of July,” she said. “That’s the same time as the Hill County Fair.” I had a feeling she’d mention that. “Yeah, that’s true,” I said. “But we always go to the fair.” Mandy handed the paper back to me as she stood up to look at the shelf of new books. “Tessa, you’re the artist.” She smiled. “My little brother thought the tulips I painted were rocket ships.” “You may not think you can draw, but you can learn,” I said in…

1 min.
goofus and gallant

“How could you strike out?!” asks Goofus. Idea by Lea, Age 10, California Goofus leaves the roll empty. “Good try,”says Gallant. Idea by Lea, Age 10, California Gallant replaces an empty roll with a full one. YOUR Goofus and Gallant Moments “I felt like Goofus when I blamed my brother for making a mess, but I did it.” Senna, Age 10, Wisconsin “I felt like Gallant when I climbed the lighthouse steps safely.” Miles, Florida Tell us when you’vefelt like Goofus or Gallant! Visit HighlightsKids.com or write to Highlights Goofus and Gallant Moments 803 Church Street Honesdale, PA 18431…

2 min.
plastic caps for a cause

When Sammie Vance was eight, she learned about Buddy Benches from a video at church camp. The video showed how these benches are used on playgrounds. “If somebody is lonely, they can sit on the bench,” Sammie explains. “Another person can come up to them and ask them to play.” Sammie thought her school could use a Buddy Bench, so she and her mom set up a meeting with the principal. They learned of a local company, Green Tree Plastics, that recycles plastic bottle caps into benches. Sammie liked the idea of a Buddy Bench that would help kids and the environment. Her principal liked the idea too. A Comic for Caps Sammie created a comic that showed how a Buddy Bench works. She and her mom posted it on social media to…

1 min.

GAL-ee-ON-oh-SAW-rus “galleon lizard” (Its upper jawbone looks like the upside-down hull of an ancient ship called a galleon.) When Galleonosauruslived, its region was home to many kinds of two-footed plant-eating dinosaurs that were not much bigger than modern-day turkeys. But fossils, especially of their jaws and teeth, show that the different ornithopods likely ate different kinds of plants and lived in different parts of the environment. So they would have been able to be in the same area without competing for food.…

1 min.
have other galaxies been discovered yet?

Krishna Lakhani Age 8 • California Yes! Astronomers estimate the total number of galaxies in the observable universe to be in the trillions. How do they know this? We asked Dr. Ken Croswell, astronomer and author of several books (and the feature “A Ring in Space” on the left). He explained, “No one knows exactly how many galaxies the universe has. That’s because most galaxies are much fainter than our Milky Way, so if they’re far away, even the best telescopes can’t see them. Nevertheless, astronomers can estimate the number. It’s like guessing the total number of trees in a forest when you know the total area of the forest and the number of trees within your sight.” Seeing a small sample allows us to calculate roughly how many more galaxies exist.…