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Highlights for Children January 2021

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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United States
Highlights for Children, Inc.
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
hello, 2021!

It’s January—time to say goodbye to the old year and hello to a bright, shiny new one! This year, we are more than ready to change the calendar, thanks to COVID-19. The pandemic isn’t over yet, but the new year offers hope and the promise of brighter days. Let’s welcome 2021! How will you ring in the new year? This issue might give you a few ideas. On page 5, see how people in different parts of the world celebrate. Each tradition represents a hope for the coming year. In the U.S., many of us make New Year’s resolutions—promises to ourselves to do or be better. In “Ask Arizona” (pages 34–36), Arizona and Mareya write a few resolutions they try hard to keep. The results, of course, are hilarious. Every year, my list…

1 min
january 29 national puzzle day

Guzzle some puzzles on January 29! Whether you’re into crosswords, sudoku, mazes, or other kinds of puzzles, puzzling is great exercise for your brain. Jigsaw puzzles have been around since the 1760s. It’s said they were invented by a mapmaker named John Spilsbury, who cut his maps into pieces to help kids learn geography. Lately, jigsaw puzzles have been surging in popularity as a way to have fun at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Are you a person who enjoys jigsaw puzzles? There’s a word for that! You can call yourself a dissectologist.…

1 min
a day “on”

In his “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” On January 18, you can celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day by reflecting on his message of justice for all, reading his words, and thinking about how we can continue to work toward his dream of a peaceful world. You can also participate in the MLK Day of Service by volunteering in Dr. King’s honor. The holiday is known as “a day on, not a day off.” You might help a neighbor, collect items for a food pantry, or read to a sibling.…

1 min
about you

I went to the mountains. I saw snow, rocks, trees, a bunny, and an owl. It was very cold! Vivian Burkhalter Age 7 • Colorado My favorite book is Year in Sports 2020. I like reading about sports teams, and the photos are great! My favorite player, Ian Book, is included. Carson Panico Age 10 • Michigan I raise two Muscovy ducks. They have black feathers on their heads, and we get one or two eggs a day. Brooke Holler Age 9 • Pennsylvania Cloud dogs make me happy. I draw them every day. Allie Curtis Age 4 • California When I’m at bat, I imagine there’s a bug under my foot. I “squash the bug” as I take a full swing—and hit a home run! MacKenzie Bluth Age 8 • Texas My cousin and I were arguing about who…

2 min
sigrid’s trade

Sigrid finished milking the cow and stepped out of the barn into the cold air. It was almost summer, but icebergs still filled the fjord. She set the bucket down. The milk reached only halfway to the top. If we don’t get more food soon, she thought, we’ll have to eat the cow. And then what will we do? Sigrid’s grandfather told her that when their Norse ancestors first came to Greenland, the fields were rich with grass. But in recent years, the climate was getting colder and the summers shorter. When her grandfather was a boy, there were 10 cows in the family’s barn. Now there was just one. And the family had barely enough hay to feed it. Sigrid stuffed her hands into her pockets to warm them. Her fingers…

3 min
north stars

For fourteen months, researchers Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm lived in a small cabin on an icy island near the North Pole. They were away from their families but had the company of Ettra, their dog—and lots of wildlife. The two are citizen scientists, collecting data and observations. “We make new discoveries every single day,” Sunniva wrote. “We call them ordinary miracles.” In August 2019, the researchers landed on Spitsbergen, in Norway’s Svalbard island group. They planned to work through the winter, then go home in May 2020. But their ship could not come because of COVID-19 shutdowns. So Sunniva and Hilde stayed until September. “We are not stranded,” Sunniva wrote. “We are remote and isolated, but we chose to be here to stay relevant in the conversation around climate change.” The…