Best Children's Books About Firefighters

Our Favorite 27 Books to Read With Your Kids About Firefighters

Updated Mar. 12, 2019

Firefighters have a very important job to do—keeping us safe! These are some of our favorite books celebrating firefighters: their bravery, hard work and skill in knowing exactly how to put out fires and helping people feel safe and protected along the way. Whether your little one already loves firefighters or could be put at ease by seeing a little of what firefighters do behind the scenes so they don't seem as scary in all their gear, this is a great roundup of books to read about lots of different kinds of firefighters, some in their very official capacity as firefighters and others in more lighthearted settings showing they do many of the same things you and I do.

This Is the Firefighter book
This Is the Firefighter
Written by Laura Godwin and illustrated by Julian Hector
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Thoughts from Grammy

I love this book! The catchy, rhyming verse keeps readers moving through the action with a sense of purpose, no hesitating as the firefighters rush into burning buildings to bring people out. In boldly drawn illustrations in primary colors with black and white the firefighters are shown moving through all their responsibilities from preparation, to fire fighting, to heading back to the station. There is a little dalmatian to be spotted on nearly every page. I love the way this book teaches respect for people in dangerous first-responder jobs.

The fire alarm sounds. The firefighter jumps in the truck and races to a daring rescue! Get ready for an adventure as Laura Godwin and Julian Hector celebrate one of our bravest everyday heroes in this board-book edition for little hands. Praise for This is the Firefighter (hardcover edition) "With its swift action, catchy verse, and appropriate palette (red, white, blue, and flame), this should find good use among preschool vehicle enthusiasts and new readers as well as in the 'community helpers' unit." -The Horn Book

Here Come the Helpers book
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.

Elecopter book
Written and illustrated by Michael Slack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book about a an elephant that's a rescue helicopter is so much fun. Elecopter will take you on her rescuing adventures and you'll love the beautiful illustrations you see! The bright colors in this book are gorgeous. I also think it's fun that one of the pictures has you turn the book to the side to read and see the picture.

A chant-along companion to Monkey Truck features a heroic, fire-fighting elephant who bravely patrols the skies above the Savannah with her fire-hose nose, putting out fires and rescuing her fellow animals.

My Mom is a Fire Fighter book
My Mom is a Fire Fighter
Written by Lois G. Grambling and illustrated by Jane Manning
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This is a darling story. It tells the story through the eyes of a little boy. His mom seems to be his hero. I enjoyed that even though she worked hard being a firefighter, her son was still so involved in her life. He often joined her at the fire station and she was able to give a presentation at his school. It was an informative story about what firefighters do and how they keep safe while they are hard at work.

Billy spends time with his "second family" at the Floral Avenue firehouse where his mother works, and dreams of growing up to be a firefighter just like her.

Firefighters A to Z book
Firefighters A to Z
Written and illustrated by Chris Demarest
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is a perfect book for firefighter lovers! The look at lots of different aspects and tools of a firefighter's work from A to Z is fun as well as informative and the rhyming cadence keeps things upbeat and moving along.

A 2001 Children's Literature Choice Every day, brave firefighters come to our rescue. When the fire alarm sounds, men and women put on their uniforms, slide down the firehouse pole, jump in their big red trucks, and rush to save our lives. From the minute the fire alarm rings, the day of a firefighter is filled with adventure -- and danger. Wherever there is a fire, we can be sure that firefighters will always be there!

Molly, by Golly! book
Molly, by Golly!
Written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Kathleen Kemly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Introduces the first known female firefighter, Molly Williams, an African American cook for New York City's Fire Company 11, who one winter day in 1818 with many volunteers sick with influenza jumped into action to stop a house fire.

The Too Little Fire Engine book
The Too Little Fire Engine
Written and illustrated by Jane Flory
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Discover a treasure trove of beautifully illustrated books with our new series, G+D Vintage! Featuring books from our Wonder Books line originally published in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, there’s something for every reader in these timeless stories accompanied by classic illustrations. The little red fire engine wants a big job—but he’s quite little! After putting out small sparks at a big fire and stopping flames in a wastebasket, he realizes that he’s perfectly suited to solve little problems of all kinds.

The Firefighter book
The Firefighter
Written by Jenny Goebel and illustrated by Alessandra Psacharopulo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Very cute illustrations and a great book for showing firefighters hard at work. I like that this book acknowledges that firefighters can be scared too (it's hard to be brave), for more sensitive readers the firefighter saves a puppy rather than a person trapped inside a burning building, and that it shows the long task of putting out a fire even after all of a building's occupants are saved.

Brr-ring! Up pops a fireman at the sound of the fire station alarm, and he rushes with his crew to put out a house fire in a nearby neighborhood. The family is safe, but one of their Dalmatian puppies is missing! It’s up to the brave fireman to rescue the pup from the burning house—and in the process, he finds himself a new firehouse friend.

Big Frank's Fire Truck book
Big Frank's Fire Truck
Written by Leslie McGuire and illustrated by Joe Mathieu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Young readers are introduced to the daily work of firefighters and fire safety as Big Frank and the rest of his crew race to the scene of an accident, inspect a local store, work at the firehouse, and fight a brush fire. Original.

Firehouse! book
Written and illustrated by Mark Teague
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Edward and his cousin Judy come for a visit to the firehouse and learn how everything works with some unexpected results.

Curious George and the Firefighters book
Curious George and the Firefighters
Written by Anna Grossnickle Hines and illustrated by H. A. Rey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

While on a field trip to a fire station with Mrs. Gray's class, Curious George goes off on his own and is soon at the scene of a fire, where he finds a way to be helpful.

Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete book
Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete
Written and illustrated by James Dean
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When the fire alarm goes off, it's Pete the Cat to the rescue! This fun 8x8 storybook includes over 30 groovy stickers. In Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete from New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean, 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!

No Dragons for Tea book
No Dragons for Tea
Written by Jean E. Pendziwol and illustrated by Martine Gourbault
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

A cute book that teaches fire safety in a kid-friendly and not terribly preachy way. The rhyming and comical dragon keep things light and fun while we learn to get low, get out, meet in a safe spot, don't go back inside, call the firefighters and give our full address and then wait for help!

While out for a walk with her mom, a little girl meets a teddy bear-toting, fire-breathing dragon whom she invites home for tea, but when he sneezes at the table, they must then escape the fiery domicile.

Fire Engines book
Fire Engines
Written and illustrated by Anne Rockwell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Told from a child's point of view, this book is all about that most fabulous of machines: the fire engine.

Fire Engine Man book
Fire Engine Man
Written and illustrated by David Clemesha, Andrea Zimmerman
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Calling all preschoolers! Grab a hose and ladder—it's time to put out fires! Alarm rings. Lights flash. Sirens sound—FIRE! Here comes the fire engine man. Dressed from head to toe in special gear, he drives his trusty fire truck to the scene and puts the fire out. It's all in a day's work for this brave firefighter. Told in simple words from a little boy's point of view, this action-packed picture book celebrates a child's world of adventure.

If My Love Were a Fire Truck book
If My Love Were a Fire Truck
Written by Luke Reynolds and illustrated by Jeff Mack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from Grammy

This is a colorful, riding, romping, clashing, clanging, flaming bedtime book. Perfect for fathers and their co-adventurers. In the rough and tumble way of daily imaginative play, the father and son in the book have all manner of adventures together, told in rhyme and illustrated with bold and colorful paintings. In the end-of-day review of their escapades, they remember and celebrate the memories they have made together. In every illustration the father and son are shown either looking at each other grinning or doing exactly the same thing; they are both ALL IN their play. It makes a good reminder for adults to truly be present--that is real love.

A father’s love for his son goes zoom, swoosh, vroom, boom! in this energetic, adventurous, action-packed board book tribute to fathers and sons. The bond between a father and his son is as powerful as a rocket ship blasting into space, a giant whale splashing across the ocean, and booming, colorful fireworks lighting up the night sky. Celebrating that one-of-a-kind relationship between Dad and his favorite little guy, If My Love Were a Fire Truck is a rhyming love song from fathers to sons that will become a cherished part of their lives for many years to come.

Flashing Fire Engines book
Flashing Fire Engines
Written by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Ant Parker
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Flashing Fire Engines follows the animal crew as they become fire fighters. Climb on board the fire truck, ride along, and learn how to put out fires to save the day! Every page of this chunky board book is full of the kind of detail that machine-mad toddlers love: the fireman's pole, the siren, the long ladder, and much more! From airplanes to fire engines, the internationally bestselling Amazing Machines series is the perfect way for children to learn about all sorts of vehicles! Each book introduces a new vehicle and the many jobs it can do. Bright, engaging artwork and simple, rhyming text combine to make these fantastic books for young children. Kids will love getting to know the friendly, animal characters who feature throughout the series and reading about their fast-paced adventures!

Even Superheroes Use the Potty book
Even Superheroes Use the Potty
Written by Sara Crow and illustrated by Adam Record
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

It’s potty time for superheroes, firefighters, ninjas, soldiers, and KIDS! Young ones will enjoy this funny, rhyming story that teaches great bathroom habits with the promise that all their heroes use the potty too. And the book comes with stickers and a bathroom reward chart, so good potty habits can be celebrated each time kids put the lid down, flush, and wash their hands! It’s a book-and-sticker package that will help parents achieve toilet-training harmony. And don’t miss the companion book—Even Superheroes Have to Sleep!—to help restless kids settle in at night.

Even Firefighters Go to the Potty book
Even Firefighters Go to the Potty
Written by Naomi Wax, Wendy Wax and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Clang! Clang! Clang! The fire truck is pulling out of the station. But wait! Where is the firefighter going? To the potty! Even firefighters go to the potty! Toddlers are uneasy about toilet training. And in most cases, even if they know they have to go, sometimes they are too busy to bother. In this hilarious gate-fold story, each person--from a firefighter on the way to answer a fire alarm to a zoo keeper on the way to feed the polar bears--stops what they are doing to go to the potty. With humor and no pedantics, toddlers learn that everybody uses the potty.

Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms book
Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms
Written by Christine Kole MacLean and illustrated by Mike Reed
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

An imaginative boy pretends to be a firefighter, policeman, construction worker, and other busy people, but he realizes that it is important to take time to give his mom a hug.

Five Little Firefighters book
Five Little Firefighters
Written and illustrated by Tom Graham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

RRIIIINGGG! Five little firefighters are about to eat dinner when the alarm bell sounds. Off they go, racing through the streets to put out a fire. Soon everyone’s safe . . . but where’s Cleo the cat? MEEOOW! The five firefighters rescue Cleo. At last they can eat their dinner and get a little rest—until the alarm sounds again!

Hamsters Don't Fight Fires! book
Hamsters Don't Fight Fires!
Written by Andrew Root and illustrated by Jessica Olien
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Hugo, a tiny hamster with huge personality, who dreams of becoming a firefighter! Andrew Root’s debut is a sweet, funny tale for the youngest readers, who know that being little can be the biggest advantage of all. With fun-filled illustrations from Jessica Olien, author/artist of The Blobfish Book, Shark Detective!, and Adrift, Hugo proves once and for all that great things come in small packages. For Hugo isn’t just a hamster. He’s also a great cook, a fast runner, a slow eater, and a fantastic dancer. However, what Hugo wants most of all is to be a firefighter. And even though Hugo worries that he’s too small to fight fires, he learns that just because something is difficult, it doesn’t mean he won’t try his hardest to achieve his dream. Perfect for fans of Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri and Dream Big Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi and Tim Bowers.

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

Busy Fire Station book
Busy Fire Station
Written by and illustrated by Rebecca Finn
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Push, pull, turn, and slide--it's playtime! This interactive board book has spinners to turn and tabs to slide, colorful illustrations filled with things to spot, and lots of new vocabulary to learn. The siren wails and the lights flash blue: here comes the firefighting crew! Help the firefighters slide down the pole, zoom away, climb up the ladder and spray their hose . . . and save the day.

Tinyville Town: I'm a Firefighter book
Tinyville Town: I'm a Firefighter
Written and illustrated by Brian Biggs
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

In I’m a Firefighter, we see what it’s like in a day in the life of a town firefighter. As soon as the fire alarm rings, Fireman Charlie is ready to go, go, go! When he’s not fighting fires, there’s plenty to do, like cook meals for the crew, Charlie’s favorite job of all. Firefighters are perennially popular with young readers. This is an ideal read for fire prevention lessons and as a tribute to local hero firefighters.

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