Kids & Teens
Highlights for Children

Highlights for Children September 2019

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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1 min.
fun this month

24 to the Door Matt Amatics will step only on tiles with equations that equal 24. Can you help him get to his apartment door? He can move up, down, left, or right. Mystery Photo Answer on page 38. September 8 Is Grandparents Day! Talk to your grandparents or other senior relatives or friends about what their lives were like when they were your age. You might ask them if they had any pets, what their favorite song was, who their best friends were, or what they did for fun. Then draw pictures of them when they were kids. Share your artwork with them. Tongue Twister Anna’s nana’s banana bandanna. 3 WAYS TO Deal with First-Day-of-School Jitters 1. Start with a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast. It will be easier to deal with nerves if you have…

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you got this!

I hope you had a great summer vacation. When I was a kid, part of me never wanted summer to end. Another part of me was excited—and a little bit nervous—about the school year ahead. Meeting a new teacher, making new friends, and learning new things in a new grade—that’s a lot to look forward to! If all this newness makes you a little nervous too, know that many kids are feeling the same way. That’s why we’ve packed this issue with advice on how to start the new school year right. Be sure to read “3 Ways to Deal with First-Day-of-School Jitters” (page 2). Then check out Arizona’s tips for turning off the “worry button” (pages 40–41). Believe it or not, some of the best advice in this issue comes from…

2 min.
eucalypta— what?

“We have a problem. Koalas eat only eucalyptus.” “Will you come for a picnic today?” Dingo barked up into the trees. “Me? A picnic?” Koala peeked out between some leaves. “I’d love to! But just in case you didn’t know, koalas eat only eucalyptus.” “Koalas eat only eucalyptus?” said Dingo. “I did not know! But don’t worry. We will have eucalyptus at our picnic. And we will have the picnic right here, beneath this nice-smelling tree.” “Perfect!” said Koala. Dingo ran to find his friends. “Koala can come to our picnic,” Dingo said. “But we have a problem. Koalas eat only eucalyptus.” “Whoops!” said Wombat. “What’s woocalyptus?” “That’s the problem,” said Dingo. “I don’t know what it is.” “I don’t know either,” said Platypus. “But perhaps someone inside that shop will know.” She pointed to the Outback Instrument…

1 min.
goofus and gallant

YOUR Goofus and Gallant Moments “I felt like Goofus when I dumped a full bucket of sand on my brother.” Cam, Age 10, New Hampshire “I felt like Gallant when I put away the Play-Doh after I played with it.” Lillie, Age 7, Georgia Tell us when you’vefelt like Goofus or Gallant! Visit HighlightsKids.com or write to Highligths Goofus and Gallant Moments 803 Church Street Honesdale, PA 18431…

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artist for the animals

Twelve-year-old Bria Neff loves art and animals. So she combines the two by creating paintings of animals that are endangered. With her mom’s help, she sells the paintings or donates them to auctions—all to raise money for organizations that protect animals and their habitats. We asked Bria about her work. You’ve done hundreds of animal paintings so far. How did you get started? When I was eight, I entered an art contest run by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. I found out that there are thousands of endangered species, and I wanted to help. Since I love to draw and paint, I thought I could use my time and talents to showcase endangered species and their challenges. How do you decide what to paint? I do ones that really inspire me. I research…

1 min.
supper scooper

As the hood closes, its tentacles interlock, trapping prey inside. If cerata are grabbed by a crab or other predator, the cerata pop off and the nudibranch swims away. (Cerata grow back.) Glands give off a strong odor, which makes most predators stay away. (But it smells fruity to humans!) The nudibranch absorbs oxygen through its skin. Leaflike cerata (sir-ROT-tuh) give its body extra surface area, which absorbs more oxygen. Sea slugs, or nudibranchs (NEW-duh-branks), are like snails without shells. Most nudibranchs roam the ocean floor in search of animals to eat. Then they use their small, toothed tongue to grab and pull in their meal. But the lion’s mane nudibranch has no tongue. Instead, it attaches itself to kelp or sea grass and expands thin skin around its mouth to form a wide hood. It…