Firefighters: Picture Books For Kids

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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.

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!

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

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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.

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.

  1. Curious George and the Firefighters - 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.

  2. Big Frank's Fire Truck - 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.

  3. The Firefighter - 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.

  4. Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete - 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.

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.

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.

It's a Field Trip, Busy Bus! book
It's a Field Trip, Busy Bus!
Written by Jody Jensen Shaffer and illustrated by Claire Messer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-8

Today is Busy Bus’s very first field trip! He takes the children to a fire house, where they meet Engine Four, a big, shiny, red firetruck. Engine Four has a hose to put out fires, a ladder to reach tall buildings, and a loud and impressive siren. Busy Bus has none of these things. Will the children still like him? This darling picture book offers a gentle exploration of jealousy and a reminder that we each have our own unique talents that make us special.

  1. Even Superheroes Use the Potty - 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.

  2. Lucky Ducklings - While following their mother through town, five little ducklings fall into a storm drain.

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

  4. Even Firefighters Go to the Potty - 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.

Vroom, Zoom! Here Comes the Fire Truck! book
Vroom, Zoom! Here Comes the Fire Truck!
Written and illustrated by Surya Sajnani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

This book brings alive the sounds of the city - a helicopter, a bicycle, a fire truck, and a taxi - with five different sound chips and adorable illustrations carefully created to help children’s awareness development. Wee Gallery’s range of board, cloth, and activity books for pre-schoolers marries fresh design with engaging educational content. The result of a fantastic partnership between Wee Gallery - which has been family-run for over ten years - and QEB Publishing, this book’s beautiful illustrations, bold lines, whimsical animals, and repeating patterns are designed to stimulate visual development in young infants.

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!

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.

Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill book
Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill
Written and illustrated by Jamie Harper
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

All of the animals in the class face their fear of danger and practice wholeheartedly what their teacher Miss Mingo and the fire fighter Chief Grizzly teach them to do in a fire drill with excellent results. Includes a brief description of the defense mechanisms that animals use to protect themselves from danger.

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