Best Children's Books About Emergencies

19 Children's Books About Emergencies

Updated Jan. 18, 2019
To the Rescue! book
#1
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!

Fire Truck to the Rescue! book
#2
Fire Truck to the Rescue!
Written by Alan Copeland and illustrated by Paco Sordo
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Grab hold of this book that lets you steer a fire truck to the rescue! Can you see the fire in the distance? Hmm . . . we're going a bit too slow. Steer us into the right lane so we can get there faster! Put on your seatbelt and your helmet-it's time to drive a fire truck! Kids will love using the die-cut handles in this novelty board book to control the fire truck and steer through the country and city around animals, cars, and traffic to put out the fire!

Here Come the Helpers book
#3
Here Come the Helpers
Written by Leslie Kimmelman and illustrated by Barbara Bakos, 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.

Push-Pull-Turn! Fire Truck to the Rescue! book
#4
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.

Noisy Fire Truck Sound Book book
#5
Noisy Fire Truck Sound Book
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

There is lots of lift-the-flap fun to be had and four flashing sound buttons to press in Noisy Fire Truck, a brilliant book for truck-mad kids. Each spread focuses on a different rescue vehicle—from a fire truck to an ambulance, a rescue boat to a helicopter—with an exciting siren and other noises to hear on the press of each button. Lift the flaps and read the simple text to learn about the unique features on each vehicle, and there's a simple matching activity for additional fun. Publishing alongside Noisy Tractor.

The Little Fire Truck book
#6
The Little Fire Truck
Written by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by Bob Kolar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

A happy little fire truck, driven by Jill, zips all over town helping to put out fires and rescue animals.

Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime! book
#7
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.

Disasters book
#8
Disasters
Written and illustrated by Brenda Z Guiberson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

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.

Urgency Emergency! Itsy Bitsy Spider book
#9
Urgency Emergency! Itsy Bitsy Spider
Written by Dosh Archer
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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! Humpty's Fall book
#10
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! Little Elephant's Blocked Trunk book
#11
Urgency Emergency! Little Elephant's Blocked Trunk
Written by Dosh Archer
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Little Elephant has been playing with his toys and putting all of them away in the wrong place! Soon, his mother notices that something is not quite right with her little one's trunk. Little Elephant needs to take a trip to the hospital after a few of his toys end up inside of his trunk. How did they get in there? More importantly, how will they come out? Doctor Glenda and Nurse Percy team up once again to save the day!

Baaad Sheep book
#12
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!

Kasey & Ivy book
#13
Kasey & Ivy
Written and illustrated by Alison Hughes
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

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.

Urgency Emergency! Big Bad Wolf book
#14
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!

Whale Child book
#15
Whale Child
Written and illustrated by Caroll Simpson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Whale Child tells the story of a little girl who is separated from her family and village after a natural disaster. Escaping the shoreline in a canoe, she is swept far out to sea but discovers that she is not alone. A gray whale is quietly guiding her to a secluded bay where many of her kind have gathered to welcome the new generation. Here, the gray whale gives birth to a daughter, and when the baby whale draws her first breath, she absorbs the spirit of the lost little girl. As one, the whale and the girl find their way back to the girl’s village, where the girl, now strengthened by the spirit of the whale, is reunited with her family.

Farmer John's Tractor book
#16
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?

Ambulance, Ambulance book
#17
Ambulance, Ambulance
Written by Sally Sutton and illustrated by Brian Lovelock
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Bleep, bleep. Emergency! News just through: / Crash, crash, there's been a crash! / Let's go crew! / Nee nar nee nar nee nar nee nar ...

Police Car Patrol! book
#18
Police Car Patrol!
Written by Stanley Strickland and illustrated by Rhys Jefferys
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Grab hold of this book that lets you steer a police car that's on patrol! The city is pretty quiet so far. But wait, a call is coming in! We need to chase after someone! Turn on the siren and steer around all these other cars! Put on your seatbelt and hit the siren-it's time to drive a police car! Kids will love using the die-cut handles in this novelty board book to control the police car and steer through the city around cars, through tunnels, and around traffic to catch the bad guy!

Rapid Responders book
#19
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!

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