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Safety: Books For Kids

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

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

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 safety, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Officer Buckle and Gloria to popular sellers like No Dragons for Tea.

We hope this list of kids books about safety 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.

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Officer Buckle and Gloria
Written & illustrated by Peggy Rathmann
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“Besides the beguiling story, the affable illustrations of the smiling Gloria, the accidental mayhem in the background, and the myriad safety tips — such as ‘always pull the toothpick out of your sandwich’ and ‘never lick a stop sign in the winter’ — add to the enjoyment. A glorious picture book.” — The Horn Book” Rathmann is a quick rising star in the world of children’s books. In this book, she again shows her flair for creating real characters, dramatic situations and for knowing what will make young audiences giggle and think.” — Children’s Book Review Magazine” Rathmann brings a lighter-than-air comic touch to this outstanding, solid-as-a-brick picture book.” — Publisher’s Weekly “A five-star performance.” — School Library Journal

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Firefighters A to Z
Written & illustrated by Chris Demarest
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

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!

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To the Rescue!
Written by Kate Riggs & 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!

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On the Internet
Written by Jillian Roberts & illustrated by Jane Heinrichs
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

On the Internet: Our First Talk About Online Safety introduces children to the basics of online safety in a story-based, conversational style. Using real-world examples set within the context of a child who is using the Internet for the first time and watching an older sibling interact with social media, Dr. Roberts takes readers through several common scenarios around parental supervision, online bullying and anonymity. She also includes examples of people who use the Internet to make the world a better place. On the Internet addresses common safety concerns in a child-centered way and offers easy-to-understand rationales as to why it’s important to maintain boundaries online just as in real life. The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues that they may encounter outside their homes, in an accessible way. Sidebars offer further reading for older children or care providers who have bigger questions. For younger children just starting to make these observations, the simple question-and-answer format of the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter.

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A Meeting in the Sky
Written by Rina Singh & illustrated by Jordi Vila Delclos
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-10

On December 20, 1943, a German pilot escorted an American bomber to safety; this remarkable, secret meeting in the sky inspired a lifelong quest to reunite as the two former enemies became friends.

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  • No Dragons for Tea - 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.

  • Mrs. Meyer Is on Fire! - With more than 12 million books sold, My Weird School really gets kids reading! In this fourth book in the laugh-out-loud My Weirdest School series, the students of Ella Mentry School are learning about fire safety. Mrs. Meyer of the local fire department has been brought in to teach the students, but she is the weirdest safety expert in the world. She likes fire just a little too much. Will Mrs. Meyer catch on fire? Will she retire? What will transpire? Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

  • Under Our Clothes - This illustrated nonfiction picture book by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts introduces children to the topics of bodies, body safety and body image through a conversation-based story that begins with an observation at the community pool. Modesty, privacy and boundaries are discussed, along with how self-image is formed and how some people are more sensitive than others—sometimes at different stages in their lives. Relevant themes around body shaming, body positivity and self-esteem building are explored, with a final call to action empowering children to build their own confidence and speak up when something doesn’t feel right. The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues that they may encounter outside the comfort of their homes, in a way that is straightforward and accessible. Sidebars offer further reading for older children who have bigger questions or care providers looking for more information. For younger children, the simple question-and-answer format of the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter. This is the newest title in The World Around Us series, following books that address poverty, tragedy, prejudice and online awarenessand environemental stewardship.

  • All Buckled Up - From bestselling team Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha comes an adventure-filled board book about travel safety, seatbelts, and wild rides! Whether you ride in a stroller, a bulldozer, a garbage truck, or a racecar, everybody buckles up for adventure! Learn from all the important people that wear seatbelts before they take off on wild rides. Astronauts, garbagemen, and firefighters agree: Everyone’s ready to go for ride, As soon as they buckle the belt by their side. Time to go? It’s easy and quick… One, two, three, CLICK! All buckled up! This board book is perfect for parents who want to drive home the lesson that seatbelts are important…and the first step toward adventure!

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Runaway Signs
Written by Joan Holub & illustrated by Alison Farrell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

When the road signs take a vacation, chaos and hilarity ensue—and they quickly learn how important they are.

School is ending for the summer, and the stick figures on the school crossing sign are jealous of all the vacation plans they hear the students making. The stick figures work hard—maybe they deserve a vacation, too! So they abandon their signpost and set off on an adventure, inviting along all the other underappreciated road signs they meet on the way. It’s all fun and games for a while, especially when they stumble upon a fantastic amusement park. But the people they’ve left behind are feeling their absence, and soon there are traffic tangles and lost pedestrians everywhere. The signs are more important than they realized, and now it’s time for them to save the day!

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Quick, Little Monkey!
Written by Sarah L. Thomson & illustrated by Lita Judge
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Little Monkey’s curiosity causes her to slip and fall to the dark, shadowy rainforest floor, she must hide—quick!—because an ocelot is looking for lunch. Thanks to Papa, Little Monkey knows just what to do to stay safe. And thanks to her own wit and speed, she escapes. But no sooner is she safe from the ocelot than she finds herself wrapped in the coils of an emerald tree boa. This exciting adventure will enthrall readers as Little Monkey faces one challenge after another and will also teach them about the fascinating lives of pygmy marmoset monkeys, the smallest monkeys in the world.

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