Emergencies: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about emergencies?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to emergencies. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about emergencies.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about emergencies, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Here Come the Helpers to popular sellers like Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime!.

We hope this list of kids books about emergencies can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Here Come the Helpers book
#1
Here Come the Helpers
Written by Leslie Kimmelman and illustrated by Barbara Bakos and Leslie Kimmelman
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Look for the Helpers is a shaped board book that highlights the emergency vehicles that help make our world a better place.

It’s a big, beautiful world, filled with awesome adventures.

But sometimes emergencies happen. When they do, look for the helpers! Helpers are all around you.

Fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, and more crowd the pages of this shaped board book that teaches children to look for helpers wherever they go. With a search-and-find twist, each scene highlights different types of emergency vehicles in action. Look for the Helpers is an adventurous book that introduces little ones to the caring helpers who make the world safer.

Rapid Responders book
#2
Rapid Responders
Written by Finn Coyle and illustrated by Srimalie Bassani
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Community helpers keep us all safe and they have special machines that help as well. Police cars, coast guard cutters, ambulances, rescue helicopters, and fire trucks each serve our community in their own way. Do you know what it is? Lift the page to learn what each machine does and discover what happens when they all work together!

Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime! book
#3
Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime!
Written by Lisa Mantchev and illustrated by Samantha Cotterill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Instead of fighting each other, Jinx and her little brother The Doom spend their days fighting crime, protecting the planet, defending the innocent, and taking lunch breaks.

To the Rescue! book
#4
To the Rescue!
Written by Kate Riggs and illustrated by Nate Williams
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

From propellers that whir to lights that flash, rescue vehicles attract everyone’s attention! To the Rescue! offers up a fun, foundational introduction to six helpful vehicles that are sure to fascinate every preschool learner. Simple, rhythmical text introduces each automobile or aircraft by its definitive action. Whimsical illustrations, meanwhile, pair emergency situations with friendly characters. Set within a durable board book format, this is a title all young readers will race to save from the bookshelf!

Push-Pull-Turn! Fire Truck to the Rescue! book
#5
Push-Pull-Turn! Fire Truck to the Rescue!
Written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Joe Bucco
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

A fascinating introduction to the world of a fire station! Fire Truck to the Rescue!, illustrated by Joe Bucco, gives a fascinating introduction to the world of fire stations, the vehicles, and the fire fighters. With flaps and tabs on every page, the book also features four special spreads that give an in-depth insight into the fire station, fire engine, fire helicopter, and firefighting practices. The fun rhyming story follows a firefighting mission that takes the fire crew out of the station, on the road, and to the emergency site to tackle a blazing building.

  1. The Little Fire Truck - A happy little fire truck, driven by Jill, zips all over town helping to put out fires and rescue animals.

  2. Disasters - A history of 10 well-known disasters—from the great Chicago fire to Hurricane Katrina—explores the causes and effects of the devastation as well as with the power of humankind to persevere in the face of adversity.

  3. Kasey & Ivy - Through twenty-six letters to her friend Nina, twelve-year-old Kasey chronicles the often humorous observations and impressions of her unexpected, month-long stay in a geriatric ward for the treatment of a rare but treatable bone disease (“osteo-something-something-itis”). Kasey tries to make her life less dull by wearing her own nightgowns, surrounding herself with her favorite stuffies and developing an unusual exercise routine. Hospital food, insomnia and the germy communal bath are enduring sources of dread, but some new (and unexpected) friends make her life bearable.

  4. Urgency Emergency! Itsy Bitsy Spider - A spider arrives at City Hospital with some strange head injuries. How did this happen? And does it have anything to do with all the water rushing down the water spout? Early readers have never been such fun! With bright color illustrations on every page, minimal easy-to-read text and a brilliantly fast-paced plot, this animal hospital adventure story will have young readers devouring the pages.

Urgency Emergency! Baaad Sheep book
#10
Urgency Emergency! Baaad Sheep
Written and illustrated by Dosh Archer
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Three sheep arrive at City Hospital with upset tummies. Have they had too much fun and soda pop at Old MacDonald’s farm? The gas inside their bellies is building up quickly! Can Doctor Glenda and Nurse Percy save the day once again? With brightly colored illustrations on every page, minimal easy-to-read text, and a brilliantly fast-paced plot, this animal hospital adventure based on the Little Bo Peep and Old MacDonald nursery rhymes will have young readers gulping up the pages!

Urgency Emergency! Humpty's Fall book
#11
Urgency Emergency! Humpty's Fall
Written by Dosh Archer
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Humpty Dumpty arrives at City Hospital with a cracked shell. All the kings’ men tried to help him, but all they did was make him leak yolk. Can he be fixed? With thickly illustrated pages, this story brings a unique twist to a well-known nursery rhyme making it perfect for beginning readers who wait to see if Doctor Glenda and Nurse Percy can save the day and put this egg back together again.

Urgency Emergency! Big Bad Wolf book
#12
Urgency Emergency! Big Bad Wolf
Written by Dosh Archer
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A choking wolf is rushed to City Hospital. What on earth did the wolf eat? This zany hospital adventure based on the classic Little Red Riding Hood tale will have young readers devouring the pages and howling for more!

Farmer John's Tractor book
#13
Farmer John's Tractor
Written by Sally Sutton and illustrated by Robyn Belton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When the river floods and a family is trapped in their car, will Farmer John’s rusty, trusty tractor save the day?

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