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10 police-themed books for your kids

Next time you select a book for you child, consider these LEO-themed reads

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By Police1 Staff

There are many benefits of reading to children at a young age — some even suggest starting at infancy. But what if you could foster a love of reading along with helping your child understand the role of your profession in your community?

These 10 police-themed children’s books might do the trick. Did we miss one of your favorites? Email us at

10. Topsy and Tim Meet the Police By Jean Adamson

Topsy and Tim, a brother and sister duo, find themselves learning the importance of safety when their class is visited by two police officers. The book addresses safe places for children to play and warning signs to look for that may indicate a dangerous situation.

9. I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is in Trouble Today By Jancee Dunn

A mischievous teddy bear and his friends get in trouble with the police in this tale that teaches your kids the importance of being responsible.

8. Daddy, I Worry About You By Clarke Paris

Through a heartwarming story, Clarke Paris helps young audiences build the courage to discuss their fears of losing an LEO parent. “Daddy, I Worry About You” is a great tool for law enforcement families to start the dialogue about this real issue.

7. Police: Hurrying! Helping! Saving! By Patricia Hubbell

Through colorful pages and an upbeat text, “Police: Hurrying! Helping! Saving!” helps children reiterate how the police help their communities and keep the peace. This book could also be a nice talking point to your child about the importance of LEOs in each community.

6. Let’s Meet A Police Officer By Gina Bellisario

Officer Gabby gives a closer look at the tools officers use day to day and what team safety means in a police department. Explore more about police cars, police dogs and some equipment LEOs use regularly. This book is interactive and allows readers to “go on assignment” with Officer Gabby.

5. Police Officers on Patrol by Kersten Hamilton

A broken light could lead to a crash! Who can help? Who is quick to the scene? Officer Mike, on traffic duty, has it under control! When people need assistance, we’re ready to rock and roll. This picture book delightfully reassures children about the role of police officers.

4. A Day At The Police Station By Richard Scarry

One of many awesome Richard Scarry books, “A Day At The Police Station” follows Sergeant Murphey through a day of wild adventure helping the people of Busytown stay safe and protected. This book will keep your children entertained and laughing while learning about traffic and safety.

3. Keeping You Safe: A Book About Police Officers By Ann Owen

A great introduction to the basics of what mommy or daddy does. The big illustrations will help teach your kids about how police officers keep the community safe.

2. Busy People: Police Officer By Lucy George

Officer Seth, who is working at a festival for the day, comes across a car stuck in the mud and a little boy who needs help. This book comes with a list of terms and topics to spark a conversation about law enforcement.

1. K-9 Mattis on the Job by Mark Tappan

Meet Mattis, the K-9 police dog who adores aiding people and combating crime with Sergeant Mark. Author and police sergeant Mark Tappan offers a glimpse into the daily adventures of a German shepherd police dog, from scent trails to finding lost objects. This engaging story, inspired by real-life hero Mattis known from A&E’s “America’s Top Dog” and nationwide school visits, reveals his favorite moments of police work, including the thrilling rides to the station and his exceptional sniffing skills.

This article, originally published on February 9, 2017, has been updated.