Fire Safety week is in October. This is a great opportunity to introduce or review fire safety with kids. Books are a helpful tool to begin conversations about your class or family’s plan in the event of a fire. The books listed below can be used as part of a unit in your classroom or read at home. Preschoolers and early elementary kids will also enjoy the books we have listed below that tell more about what firefighters do and how to be fire safe.
More Resources for Little Book Lovers
The best way to encourage a love of reading is to provide kids with many opportunities to engage with a wide variety of books that are of interest to them. That’s why we share so many books lists on Fantastic Fun and Learning. We want to make it easy for you to find great books your kids will love. Over the years we’ve also discovered some helpful tools for connecting kids and books.
Digital libraries are one very handy way to do this. Epic! is one of our favorite online libraries. It’s full of over 25,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and more for kids 12 and under…and it’s free for educators. Click here to learn more and sign up.
Book Boxes are another fun way to get kids excited about reading. What kid doesn’t love to get a special delivery in the mail?! The crew over at Bookroo finds the best little known books that you won’t already have in your library, and they send them to you each month. Take a peak inside a Bookroo Box here.
Book-Based Activities are also a lot of fun for kids. Jodie over at Growing Book by Book has saved us all a ton of time and created a full year of Book-Based Activity Calendars so that you can extend the fun with a special book each week.
Books About Fire Safety
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No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean E Pendziwol – No Dragons for Tea introduces kids to fire safety in a unique way. A little girl meets a real dragon and invites him to her house for tea. When the dragon sneezes, she teaches him how to react to a fire. Readers will learn important information such as: don’t hide in the burning building, get low and crawl to safety, get out of a burning building quickly, meet at the agreed-upon meeting place, call 911, and don’t go back into the burning building.
Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill by Jamie Harper – In Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill we learn all about fire safety from the many different animals in Miss Mingo’s class. The animals all work hard to learn the rules for fire safety. This silly and informative book is great for little animal lovers.
Fireboy to the Rescue!: A Fire Safety Book by Edward Miller – Fireboy to the Rescue is a fun book that introduces readers to Fireboy, a super hero firefighter. Fireboy shows readers around a fire house, explains Stop, Drop and Roll and more.
Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog by Dayna Hilton – Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog is a national recognized and award winning book on fire safety. Firefighter Dayna and her dog teacher readers how to crawl low, recognize a fire, and other important skills.
Arthur’s Fire Drill by Marc Brown – In Arthur’s Fire Drill, DW is worried about the practice fire drill at school. Arthur helps ease her worries by teaching her about what to do if there is a fire. This is a great book for Arthur lovers and to use with preschoolers as they learn about fire safety.
Books About Firefighters
Jobs People Do: A Day in the Life of a Firefighter by Linda Hayward – A Day in the Life of a Firefighter follows Rob Green throughout his day at the station. The book includes photographs and labeled tools used by firefighters.
Fire! Fire! by Gail Gibbons – Fire! Fire! teaches students the importance of firefighters. The book includes tools used by firefighters and fire safety tips. This is a must for your fire safety unit.
Big Frank’s Fire Truck by Leslie McGuire – In Big Frank’s Fire Truck we join Frank on duty at the fire station. From fighting fires and spending time at the station readers will learn about fire safety and what firefighters do.
Firefighters A to Z by Chris L. Demarest – Firefighters A to Z is a great book that shows all you have ever wanted to know about firefighters and more. Each page includes wonderful painted illustrations that include all letters of the alphabet.
Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter by Dianne Ochiltree – Molly, by Golly! Is the story of the first female firefighter. In 1818 when most of the men were sick Molly jumped into action when a house caught fire. This book includes historical facts and a great true story that readers will enjoy.
The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck by Laura Murray – The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck is a fun story of the gingerbread at the fire station. In this tale the gingerbread man has adventures around the station and out on a call. Readers will enjoy this fun and silly tale as only the gingerbread man can tell.
What are your favorite books to read for Fire Safety week? Did we miss any great ones? Let us know in the comments.