This quote carries a message that Chris McClean, the creator of “The CrimeFighters: Defenders of Justice,” has lived by his entire life.
“The CrimeFighters: Defenders of Justice,” are a group of superheroes that are based around first responder professions. These professions include a Fire Fighter, Police Officer, Paramedic, Sheriff, and more. The group is featured in a series of children’s books that teach children about crime and safety. The target audience for the CrimeFighters is ages six and up, with the colorful illustrations grasping the attention of younger readers and the concept of investigating crimes entertaining the older readers. The books feature activities that allow readers to become a crucial part in the heroes’ investigation, whether it’s deciding which heroes will respond to the scene or following evidence that will lead to the criminal. With the help of the readers, the CrimeFighters have a chance to SAVE THE DAY.
“The CrimeFighters: Defenders of Justice” is a wonderful platform for children, parents, educators, and first responders. The books help begin conversations about playing with fire, bullying, stealing, and other topics relating to crime. The first series book “The CrimeFighters: The Heroes Fight a Fire” ranked in the top 100 on Amazon’s Bestseller list for children’s books in the summer of 2016.
When McClean was asked what inspired him to create the CrimeFighters and he stated, “I was tired of kids looking up to fictional characters, such as aliens and mutants, and not appreciating true heroes they actually have a chance to interact with.”
One of the many positive features of the CrimeFighters is the diversity within the group. The characters are each of a different race and display different physical characteristics. “I love it because we live in a diverse world and children need heroes that reflect that,” a parent mentioned while purchasing a CrimeFighters book for her children at the Beaver County Book Festival.
Another interesting feature the heroes display is the color choice of their armored suits. McClean was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was inspired to match the colors on the heroes suits to the uniforms of actual first responders in the Philadelphia area. By doing this, McClean further connects the fictional and actual heroes.
“The main goal for me was to reach out to children through these books and get them to understand the seriousness of some of the behavior they will be exposed to. I feel if they actual know playing with fire and burning property is a crime, they will refrain from doing so,” McClean mentioned. “Children will look at the bad guys in the books and understand the consequences of committing criminal acts. They will also realize the importance of working together to solve a problem.”
Along with storybooks, the CrimeFighters series also includes a coloring/activity book. The coloring/activity books give children the opportunity to color the heroes, draw their own badges, complete mazes, trivia and math exercises. Creedom Publishing Company is set to launch the CrimeFighters Coloring App in January of 2017. The app will be free and available to download on Apple, Android, and Windows devices.
The CrimeFighters book collection is currently available with the following titles:
An Introduction to the Heroes
The Heroes Fight a Fire
The Heroes Stop a Thief
The Coloring/Activity Book