Over 39,000 Books...
...donated to our partners since December 2019.
Books & Badges is a program that connects law enforcement officers with elementary school students to encourage literacy and build relationships in the community. During each event, an officer reads a book to the students, and Starfish Assignment provides every child with a copy of the book as a gift from their law enforcement friends. Each book has a bookplate sticker in it that says it’s a gift from their law enforcement friends.
These fun events encourage literacy and allow the officers to bond with kids in their neighborhoods. The students have a chance to ask the officers questions about their jobs and lives. The most popular question is, "Do you really like donuts?" But our personal favorite was, "Are there zombies in Cleveland?" The quick-witted officer's answer? "Yes, and I think they play football." See our blog to read more about individual Books & Badges events or check out our dedicated Facebook page.
We don't dictate where our partners read, knowing that they know what serves their communities best. Our friends at The Ohio State University read at schools in neighborhoods surrounding campus, and most of our partners keep the fun going over summer break by reading at libraries, parks, or community centers. We work with agencies across the country and are always interested in speaking to potential partners. Please read our frequently asked questions page if you have questions.
Interested in joining us? If you are a teacher who would like information about hosting one of our partners at your school please email us. If you are an agency seeking to work with us, please see our Agency Interest page.