Books About Firefighters and Fire Trucks for Kids

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Right now my kids are all about everything and anything fire trucks. Below you will find find firefighter and fire truck books that we have discovered over the last couple of weeks.

With October being Fire Prevention Month, now is the perfect time to pick up some books about firefighters and fire trucks!
Firefighter and Fire Truck Books for Kids

Fire Truck and Firefighter Books for Kids

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Flashing Fire Engines by Tony Mitton

Flashing Fire Engines by Tony Mitton
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Jump aboard a bright red fire engine with a trio of friendly animal firefighters as sirens wail, lights flash, fire hoses squirt, and fires blaze — in this story that blends action and rhyme with all the details kids want to know about one of their favorite machines.

Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell

Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell
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This adorable book is filled with fun dalmatian characters that walk kids through the parts of a fire engine and how firefighters use them. It even includes a fire boat!

All Aboard Fire Trucks by Tony Slater

March 9, 2012 | 33 Comments BOOKS ABOUT FIREFIGHTERS & FIRE TRUCKS {Hello! If you are checking us out for the first time and like what you see you can subscribe here and follow us on facebook to get new ideas to play and learn with your kids daily. } fire truck books for kids Fire trucks are cool and fire safety is an important topic for every family. Reading books about fire safety is a great way to start a lesson or discussion. Here are 20 children’s books about firefighters and trucks we have reviewed over the years. Some we loved and some… not so much. As always we want to hear your opinion about the books we feature so leave a comment telling us your take on these books. books about firefighters Fire Fighters (In My Neighborhood) by Paulette Bourgeois is a great book. This is a book for preschoolers who want to go a little more in depth with fire safety and what fire fighters do. My son loves this book and at the height of his fire fighter obsession asked for this book a lot. Of all the fire themed books we’ve read I think this one is probably the best choice to use when discussing fire safety with young kids. It’s far too long for toddlers though . The Little Fireman by Margaret Wise Brown is a tremendously odd little book. The story is about a big fire fighter and a little one who both rescue 15 fat ladies from fires and then upon returning to the fire stations eat bowls of pink ice cream. Are you still with me? Odd right? Well the magic of books especially ones with bright colors and a subject that is well loved by the child reading it is that even odd things get a pass. My son really liked this book and happily added it to his favorites for a long time. Firefighters A to Z by Chris L. Demarest is an alphabet book that teaches about fire safety and the danger firefighters face every time the alarm sounds. My son is fascinated with firefighters right now, he loves to dress up as one at preschool and we often take the long way home to swing past the station and see if the engines are in or not. He loves this book but I don’t think your child needs to have the level of obsession mine does to enjoy it. The Great Big Fire Engine Book by Tibor Gergely was written in 1950 and was a great tool to talk about how firefighting has changed in the last 60 plus years. The illustrations are fantastic and I loved that my son who was 4 when we first read this immediately noticed some of the differences . No air tanks, only Caucasian men and the firemen all held on to the sides of the truck. But his biggest observance was the lack of radios and walkie talkies. I love the art work in this book and your kids will too. books about firefighters Firefighters to the Rescue by Kersten Hamilton is a beautifully illustrated look at the heroic happenings of a group of firefighters. Unlike many of the other books on this list we never bought this one, because we took it out from the library so often. The retro illustrations are so beautiful and the refrain of “Firefighters to the rescue!” is so fun that my son was absolutely drawn to it. It’s simple and doesn’t go into too much detail which makes it a good choice for kids under 4. Firefighters: Speeding! Spraying! Saving! by Patricia Hubbell is a wonderful rhyming book all about the work firefighters do. After only reading it twice my son was rhyming along with the simple but well crafted text. I liked that there was a mix of male and female firefighters, that the text incorporates information about equipment as well as tasks the firefighters complete on a call. Perhaps my favorite thing about this book are the details in the illustrations by Viviana Garofoli, the soot on the faces of the rescued and firefighters, the unique angles used in the illustrations and the fun colors. Great book! The Little Fire Engine by Lois Lenski is a simple little book about a fire engine that goes to put out fires. Nothing special but every time my son sees it at the library he won’t let it go. In 6 months we’ve taken it out 4 times. I think the bright retro illustrations and the simple text is what makes it so appealing. Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms by Christine Kole MacLean was disappointing. The illustrations are adorable but it seemed like the author was writing the book more for moms to read than for kids . While some books successfully entertain both parents and children , this one wasn’t very entertaining for anyone. I really wanted to like it, and maybe you will but I won’t be adding it to any must read lists any time soon. sesame street books I Want to Be a Fire Fighter (Sesame Street) by Linda Lee Maifair was a Goodwill find and a great bargain considering we have read this book countless times. Yes it’s a character book but it’s a good one, besides who doesn’t love Grover? In it Grover is getting ready to have a visit from his uncle who is a firefighter and so he decides to play pretend firefighter. He dresses up ( using a mix of found items – yay for creativity) and then after his uncle arrives they visit his fire station. He gets a tour and finds out why there is dinner on the table but no firefighters anywhere, because they are out on a call. In a simple narrative there is a lot of great information. fire truck books Big Frank’s Fire Truck by Leslie McGuire is another book that manages to tell a good story and fit a heck of a lot of facts about firefighters and all the different things they do as part of their job. My son loved Big Frank, probably in part because he’s so big he almost looks like a firefighting super hero. What I liked was how the book did a good job explaining not just about how they fight fires but how firefighters also teach fire safety, check alarms at businesses and attend to car accidents. The text is long it was a great fit for my son was 4 but I wouldn’t try to read the whole things to a child who is much younger than that. Flashing Fire Engines by Tony Mitton is a favorite at our house. Normally even after my son and I read the books we review I grab them to do the write up , this is on my son’s shelf where it always is I know the whole thing off by heart as does my son , so no need to grab it for reference. The book is a rhyming masterpiece, somehow keeping up the rhyming pace as it explains how firefighters fight fires and rescue people! Details like what gear they wear, and how hoses and hydrants work are included as well as ladders and sirens. My son loves this book and as an adult who has read it hundreds of times it’s fun to read, even over and over again. Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell has been a favorite at our house for a long time. I found it at a thrift store for twenty five cents and I am definitely getting much more than my money’s worth! It’s a cute book with easy text and cute cartoon dalmatians as fire fighters. I particularly love that there is a fire boat in the book since we often see those around here. Simple book for fire engine lovers from an author who is consistently well loved by both my kids. LEGO City: Fire Truck to the Rescue (Level 1): Fire Truck To The Rescue! by Sonia Sander is another great Lego book for emergent and early readers. If your child is like my son and loves fire fighters and fire trucks this is a great book. Not just because of the subject matter but also because they may already be familiar with how some of those words look in print, giving them some confidence to tackle this book solo! My son likes to make stations out of duplo and act out this book after reading it. It’s also a favorite for rides in the car. fire truck books Richard Scarry’s Busiest Firefighters Ever (Little Golden Books) is a throw back to my childhood and one thing I know for certain is that when you are excited about a book your kids will be too. I told my son how much I loved Richard Scarry books as a kid and he was that much more excited to read. The story is familiar but there is something about Busytown that just makes the story more fun. The goofy details and cartoony vibe makes this a great book for younger kids but my son who is 5.5 years old still loves it. 20 firetruck books All Aboard Fire Trucks by Teddy Slater
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Easy-to-understand facts and big, colorful pictures makes this book the perfect introduction to the exciting world of fire trucks and fire-fighting.

Firehouse! by Mark Teague

Firehouse! by Mark Teague
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A firehouse with loads of laughs from bestselling author/illustrator Mark Teague. Join Edward and his cousin Judy as they spend a hilarious day learning how to be firefighters.

Firefighter Frank by Monica Wellington

Firefighter Frank by Monica Wellington
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Readers spend a day with Frank as he works at the firehouse, visits a school to give safety lessons, and is called to the scene to put out a fire with his colleagues.

Five Little Firefighters by Thomas Graham

Five Little Firefighters by Thomas Graham
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Don’t let the title of this book trick you – this is not a counting rhyming book! Instead this delightful book takes you through the day of a firefighter!

We Work at the Fire Station by Angela Aylmore

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This book explores the special skills, tools, and uniforms needed to be a fire fighter. The contribution of the fire service to the wider community is emphasized, and children are encouraged to think about what it would be like to be a fire fighter themselves.

Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete by James Dean

Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete by James Dean
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Pete and his classmates are excited about their field trip to the firehouse. They get to slide down the pole, meet all the brave firefighters, and even try on their helmets and gear. But when the alarm goes off, it’s time for Pete to jump on the fire truck, grab the hose, and help the firefighters save the day!

The Little Fire Truck by Margery Cuyler

The Little Fire Truck by Margery Cuyler
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In this simple rhyming story there’s lots of challenging work to do for the fire trucks to do, but this trusty team is always ready to rescue!

My Little Red Fire Truck by by Stephen T. Johnson

My Little Red Fire Truck by by Stephen T. Johnson
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Caldecott Honor artist Stephen T. Johnson’s new multiconcept novelty is a book and a toy in one. My Little Red Fire Truck gives practice telling time while its sturdy moving parts provide hours of fun — and allow readers to see how it would be to work on a real fire truck!

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