Preschool books about fire safety are an easy way to introduce your child to the world of fire precaution and also learn about the men and women who fight fires.
We've compiled 27 books, from classics to nonfiction to picture books, that will help your youngster understand what to do in an emergency. Plus, we've included a collection of bonus activities related to some of these terrific books.
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Best Preschool Books about Fire Safety
These first three books are some of our favorite of the bunch. They'll accessible and deliver helpful lessons about fire safety. Don't forget to to download our fire safety rules poster. And find other printables below.
Clifford the Firehouse Dog by Norman Bridwell
Clifford the Firehouse Dog is the story of a big red dog that lives near a firehouse. One day Clifford goes into that firehouse and gets to see everything from the front lines. He sees how firefighters put fires out with rotating hoses, and he watches as they slide down poles. He even hangs out of a window for a while before going home. However, Clifford gets a little too close to the fire along the way. Luckily, his friend Emily Elizabeth is able to call him back.
The story has some great things going for it that make it one of the best books about firefighting for preschoolers. First, several pages are devoted to showing fire safety tips to kids and how they can have fun at home by pretending to be firefighters. Use this at home when the kids are being incredibly rambunctious, and it should be able to calm them down for a while. Second, there's a page in the back showing you what your child can do if they have an emergency or need help. This makes it a great addition to our list of fire safety books because most preschoolers won't understand 911, giving them a good alternative. Plus it's a great way to introduce them to the idea of calling for help.
No Dragons for Tea by Jean E. Pendziwol
When a little girl meets her first dragon, she is so amazed by its fire-breathing abilities that he becomes an instant best friend. However, when they get home from walking around town and the creature sneezes, suddenly everything goes flames!
Luckily with some help from their newfound buddy, both learn how to be safe near or in front of any type of flame while still enjoying themselves at tea time.
The story includes fun illustrations which add humor throughout every page. A great message about fire safety and taking responsibility for your actions. The story is probably one of the most unique ones on the market, it features a dragon which most kids love these days!
Dot the Fire Dog by Lisa Desimini
In this story, Dot the Dalmatian lives with a group of firefighters and goes to work with them every day. The illustrations are colorful pictures that show what they do at their job--helping people in emergencies!
The book is pretty simple, but there are things that can be discussed after reading it. Dot is always ready for adventure. When the alarm bell sounds, she knows exactly what to do. In minutes her friends are offloading from their rigs. They race towards danger while using an extinguishing agent. They have to be quick on their feet and know how much force there is at any given time. But they do it every day without hesitation.
Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill by Jamie Harper
There are two parts to this book, Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill and Miss Mingo and the Firefighter. The first part is about a teacher using a fire drill to teach the students about fire safety rules and to get the students outside. The second part is about what happens when there's an actual fire drill in the school.
Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill has some good lessons. First, it teaches kids that they need to leave when teachers tell them to during a drill. This is a good habit to get into and kids this age should be able to understand the idea easily enough. It is a fun and lively book with lots of personality in the details so it's good for pre-readers. The illustrations are colorful with lots of characters which is great since they can be used to discuss what happens when you evacuate a place in an emergency.
Books about Fire Safety for Toddlers
Here are a few fire safety books aimed at younger readers ranging from the age of two to three years old. These are generally short and simpler books but many older children will find them equally enjoyable. Also check out our bonus fire safety printables. And find more free worksheets below.
Firefighter Frank by Monica Wellington
Firefighter Frank and his dog Sparky work at the firehouse to protect their town from fire. Young children can now follow along with Firefighter Frank as he keeps his gear in tip-top shape, gives safety tips to visiting kids, and cooks supper for the crew. When alarm bells ring, it's off to the firehouse in an instant.
This story is an excellent book for young children, especially if they are fascinated with fire trucks or firefighters. The illustrations are fantastic, and the book is full of detail that will help them learn about fire safety quickly and easily. They'll love following along with Firefighter Frank on all his adventures.
Flashing Fire Engines by Tony Mitton
There she is, big, bold fire engines. Ready to go at any moment! Join a group of firefighter animals as they race to the firehouse, prepared for action.
Blast off! Beep! Beep! Once they arrive at the scene, there are tons of things happening--hoses are being connected, ladders are moving up and down, smoke is billowing everywhere. Kids will enjoy following the trucks as they race through busy streets, driving through dangerous situations while protecting people.
The book is colorful, full of detail and each page has lots of things on it that are great for engaging children in the story. There's so much fun happening at every turn--it's an excellent book to get young ones interested in reading or fire safety!
The Little Fire Truck by Margery Cuyler
Fans of Little Blue Truck will also love this book about a little fire truck. It's a fun and lively story with the same kind of energy that will engage children right from the start.
The Little Fire Truck helps his team of firefighters battle big-time fires. And whoosh, they're off to save the day! The book is full of fun action and adorable illustrations that are full of life--it's a great way to get kids excited about fire safety.
Kids will love following along on this fiery adventure while they learn what firefighters do every day to help people stay safe.
The Great Big Fire Engine by Tibor Gergely
Children who like elaborate, rich illustrations will enjoy this book. The images have a retro style that are bright and bold, and the tale is told in simple sentences to keep the story moving. Each page has easy concepts for kids to learn while enjoying the pictures.
Many things are happening on each page, making it a great book to read with young children who are just learning how books work. Everywhere sounds are chiming in, doors are opening and closing, truck after truck is rushing to the scene. It's part of the Golden Books series, a fantastic series of books for children learning about new things.
Hamsters Don't Fight Fires by Andrew Root
Hugo was good at many things, but he certainly wasn't a firefighter. Or so they thought! He tries to help, but he always feels like the odd one out because of his size and species. But when Hugo's friends need him, he comes through in a pinch and shows them who he really is.
One day this hamster walks into a firehouse and asks to be a firefighter. Sorry, little guy, you're too small to be a firefighter. But Hugo is persistent and convinces the firefighters that he can help out.
This book is super cute and fun for young children. It has some great messages about helping others and being your true self. It's also something children will love because it has hamsters in the story.
Fire Drill by Paul DuBois Jacobs
What do you do during a fire drill? This book is about students practicing fire safety procedures during a fire drill. It's not too long, and all of its information is delivered within several pages, making it perfect for toddlers.
The illustrations on each page are bright and engaging, so your kids will know what to look for when you read it to them for the first time.
It's told in a simple rhyme scheme that makes the story easier to remember and the tale more joyful. It shows various students practicing safety procedures, introduced in pairs by their teacher. The book's last page shows all the kids doing these safety procedures again before getting ready for lunch.
Let's Meet a Firefighter by Gina Bellisario
If your child is curious about what firefighters do, this will be ideal for them. It goes into everyday activities that firefighters engage in all around us. The words are easy for your child to understand and a quick read.
The illustrations are colorful and appealing, so your toddler is more likely to pay attention while you're reading it to them. It shows different types of firefighters doing their jobs, and the text on each page is written in a simple rhyme scheme. Don't be surprised if your child memorizes it.
Books about Fire Safety for Preschoolers
This next set of books is aimed at kids aged three to five that focus on concepts and fire safety. The stories are more developed and feature a variety of characters. Some of these books are great for kids who like adventure stories, while others are ideal for those interested in rhyme and rhythmicity.
Firefighters A to Z by Chris Demarest
Firefighters A to Z is a book that talks about the different kinds of firefighters and their equipment. It starts with a female firefighter and then moves on to other types like an EMT, paramedic, flight medic, structural engineer, mask technician, search dog handler, hotshot crew member, airport firefighter, and more.
The story itself centers around the alphabet. It talks about how firefighters need to train to help people, and that different types of them may have certain roles on the scene depending on their training, experience, or knowledge base. Overall, a clever book that does double duty by teaching kids about fire safety and how the alphabet works.
A classic story that centers around Curious George as he goes to a fire station and waits for a firefighter. He then gets into a firetruck, but it takes off with the firefighters as they go to attend an emergency. He winds up going around town to see where he can find his friend, and at the end of the story, they both get rescued by another firefighter.
The watercolor illustrations give the book a more classic feel. It's suitable for kids who love Curious George and might be interested in firefighters.
The story is short and compelling and follows George as he absent-mindedly gets into a bit of trouble.
Fireboy to the Rescue: A Fire Safety by Edward Mille
Fireboy to the Rescue teaches kids about fire safety by following Fireboy on his day-to-day activities. Kids will learn all the things that they should do if a fire breaks out at home or school and how to prevent them from happening in the first place.
The story is engaging and shows different types of firefighters doing their jobs so your child can get an idea of what they do. This comic-style book is one of the more dynamic ones to follow out of all the books on this list.
The Firefighter by Jenny Goebel
The fire alarm goes rings and rings, and the one who shows up to help is none other than a firefighter. He rushes off with his team to put out a fire in the neighborhood while also helping find one of their favorite pups!
This book is geared at young kids, making it perfect for older preschoolers. The text on each page has rhyming words and cute images of all kinds of different firefighters. If you're looking for a book that's easy for young kids to follow, this one is great.
Stop Drop and Roll by Charles Ghigna
This fun rhyming book teaches preschoolers about fire safety and what to do when they see a fire. It's quick and to the point, with an important message about staying calm and not panicking. The pictures are simple, and it comes with a song that turns this book into a fun sing-along.
This is an excellent book for young kids who are just learning about fire safety in preschool because it keeps it fun by turning the story into a song and its straightforward way of getting information across.
Picture Books about Fire Safety
Do you love picture books? Here's some great picture books that are wonderful to look over. The styles range in differences, but each book offers a dazzling experience that we're sure your little one will enjoy. Download our F is for Firefighters worksheet to color and trace later.
Firehouse! by Mark Teague
Edward and his cousin Judy spend a hysterical day learning to be firefighters. The day starts with a fire drill that leads to a drop-down of a fire pole only to end up with a frenzied battle with a wild fire hose that causes a real emergency.
Gorgeous illustration, fun characters, and a fast-moving adventure make this book one of the best firefighter books for kids. Your kids will be laughing as they learn about fire safety and what firefighters do to put out a fire.
My Mom is a Firefighter by Lois Grambling
Mom says she has two families, Billy and her husband and her crew of firefighters. Firefighters risk their lives to save families, and Billy knows how hard they work as a team. Even Billy can help his mom and his firefighting "uncles" to help others!
This award-winning book is on the longer side for preschool firefighter books, but it's full of adventure and teaches that men aren't the only ones fighting fires anymore. This book is a great story for your son or daughter because it shows that girls can do anything boys can!
This story is an excellent book about firefighters that celebrates the courage of this job. It's a positive story that allows your children to really see what it does for our community is perfect for preschoolers.
Fire Truck Dreams by Sharon Chriscoe
If your child is a fan of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, then they may enjoy this book about a little fire truck that's trying to sleep. After a day of saving cats and battling fires, the fire truck heads home to shower. When everything is quiet and safe, he goes to his station and settles in for a little bit of reading.
But we all know there's no such thing as a day off when you're a firefighter so the fire truck dreams of fighting raging campfires and celebrating with his friends.
This book is a perfect option for young kids as it's full of bright colors and cute images. The story is a rhyming book, so it's easy to follow and a great option for young kids learning to read.
It's perfect for preschoolers as your child will be able to follow along and learn all about how firefighters work in a fun and easy way.
Firefighter Ted by Andrea Beaty
Ted is a young bear who loves to help out around his house. When there's a fire in the kitchen, Ted decides it's time for him to become Firefighter Ted and save the day! But what does a firefighter need to be a fight a fire?
This tale is a fun comic-style book with bright colors and simple images.
As you read to your child, they'll learn everything firefighters need to do to be ready for any occasion. When the fire alarm rings, who is there to help? Firefighters of course!
A Day at the Fire Station by Richard Scarry
Richard Scarry has created many children's classics that are perfect for preschoolers. It has simple text that younger kids can follow and fun pictures of all different firefighters hard at work in their day-to-day lives.
In the story of A Day at the Fire Station, we get to see firefighters eating lunch and rescuing little animals like kittens trapped in a tree or a mouse stuck in a mailbox. Your child will learn all about what life is like when you're looking out for others and how much fun it can be to work as a firefighter!
The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck by Laura Murray
In this story, a gingerbread man joins a group of students at a firehouse and ends up going for a ride on the fire truck. But it turns out the fire safety dog gets a sniff of him and won't rest until he's found! This book is less about fire safety but more fun to read, and the story goes into detail about what firefighter gear looks like. It's a fun book that preschoolers will enjoy!
This read-aloud book has simple text and bright illustrations. Younger kids will have fun listening to the rhyme scheme, and the comic-style art will keep them interested.
Nonfiction Books about Fire Safety
These nonfiction books really bring to life the daily experiences of firefighters. These books are full of interesting images and facts that we think you child will eat up.
A Day in the Life of a Firefighter by Linda Hayward
This book describes the different things that happen in a firefighter's day. It starts talking about what they do before they go to work, like getting ready for the day and getting their equipment.
Then it goes into more detail about everything that happens throughout the day, like how firefighters put out fires by tearing down walls or spraying water on the fire. Throughout the book, it tells powerful messages like, "Even when they are off duty, firefighters are always on alert."
Firefighter! by Angela Royston
This book tells about what different types of equipment firefighters use to put out fires and save people's lives. It starts off talking about some things that help them make the hoses work more, like special nozzles. Suddenly the fire alarm goes off, and they're off to the rescue!
This might be better suited for older preschoolers, as the story goes into greater detail about how fires are put out and exactly what firefighters do.
Fire Fighters Help by Dee Ready
This book tells about how firefighters are here to help people in emergencies, and they always do their best to make sure everyone is safe. It shows different types of equipment firefighters use, like ladders and nets to catch people who might fall from a building or a fire escape.
One of the best parts of this book is its simplicity in how it tells about the different equipment they use. This is a better choice for younger preschoolers who are just learning about firefighters.
Advance Pre-K Books about Fire Safety (Kindergarten)
These last bundle of books have more fully developed stories. They make great read aloud books for children who can maintain their attention for a longer period of time.
Pete the Cat Firefighter Pete by James Dean and Kimberly Dean
Pete the Cat travels to visit a firehouse in this unique addition to the Pete the Cat series. In the story, kids learn about the different things that happen when a firehouse gets a call for help. Pete gets to try on all of the different firefighter outfits and even rides on the fire truck!
Your child will love this cute story about Pete, who loves to help others, and, as always, its simple language that makes it very appealing. The illustrations are bright and cheerful too.
Fire! Fire! by Gail Gibbons
Fire! Fire! is a book that talks about how firefighters are called when there's an emergency and what they do on the scene to put out a fire. It goes through a step-by-step process while also going over the different types of vehicles used, which is a perfect way for your child to learn fire trucks.
The story is told in rhyme which is especially fun for some kids. This book won the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award and is an excellent choice if your kid likes picture books that are full of energy and adventure.
Big Franks Fire Truck by Leslie McGuire
Spend the day with Big Frank and learn about the different kinds of equipment firefighters use as they fight a fire together. There's lots of adventure and fun for kids as they learn about the different ways firefighters help people when there is an emergency. More than any other previous books, this book goes into greater detail about what it's like to live the life of a firefighter and the safety precautions they use.
This is a great book for children who are a bit more advanced in their reading and want to learn about firefighters but don't have as much patience for picture books. It's also a good choice for kids who have older siblings that they might have seen helping put out fires with their dad or mom.