Fire Prevention Week is in October.
And while it seems a little early to write a blog post about it, I thought it would be a good idea to post now so that you have lots of time to gather up your books.
I always begin a new unit or theme with lots and lots of books. Most kids love to read or listen to stories, so this is a great way to review the same fire safety information in a slightly different format each time you read a new book.
THE FOREST OF FIRE: A WILDFIRE STORY
The author is a certified permaculture designer and teacher so he really knows his stuff!
This rhyming text does a great job explaining the difference between carefully controlled fires and catastrophic wild fires. It’s full of wonderful information about forests and our ecosystems.
While it doesn’t help teach kids about fire safety at home, it’s an important book to include on your shelves, especially when North America and other parts of the world are experiencing more wildfires.
♥ Click here to see The Forest of Fire on Amazon
FLASH THE LITTLE FIRE ENGINE
This is a sweet story about a little fire engine who’s new on the job. He’s very excited to help out but as the story progresses he finds that he’s either too small or too late to be of much help. That is until there’s a fire in the town square that only Flash is equipped to handle.
This book provides lots of opportunities to talk about the equipment, trucks and personnel.
♥ Click here to see Flash the Little Fire Engine on Amazon
CLIFFORD THE FIREHOUSE DOG
The Clifford books were written quite a few years ago, but they’ve definitely held their own. My own boys loved these books back in the 80’s and my Grade 1 students from just a couple of years ago were still enamored with Clifford.
Emily and Clifford go to the big city to visit Clifford’s brother, Nero, a firehouse dog. When the fire alarm goes off, naturally Clifford comes to the rescue and saves the day!
The illustrations are bright and engaging and at the end of the story there’s a page full of fire safety tips.
♥ Click here to see Clifford the Firehouse Dog on Amazon
PLAN AND PREPARE
This book is a little different from the other books I’m recommending since it’s actually a sing-along picture book!
A page of sheet music is included, as well as access to online music.
This is a fun and happy way to learn the fire safety rules!
♥ Click here to see Plan and Prepare on Amazon
STOP DROP AND ROLL
This is a sweet book about a little girl who just can’t seem to stop worrying. And when she had to make a presentation in school during Fire Prevention Week her worries escalate even.
Happily, her fire-safety fears disappear once she realizes the importance of knowing what to do in an emergency.
Lots of fire safety tips are included!
♥ Click here to see Stop Drop and Roll on Amazon
All of Gail Gibbons’ books are wonderful, and this one is no exception. So please don’t let the age of publication scare you away from this fabulous text.
In this non-fiction picture book you’ll learn how firefighters battle all sorts of different fires.
There are lots of fire safety tips and ways to prevent fires. It also includes a glossary of the various types of fire equipment.
♥ Click here to see Fire! Fire! on Amazon
I WANT TO BE A FIREFIGHTER
What’s great about this book is all the pictures are actual photographs of firefighters and their equipment.
The writing is fairly simple as it’s meant to be a read-alone text for a Grade 1 or 2 student. But it’s perfectly suitable as a read-aloud for younger children and is another great way to review fire safety.
♥ Click here to see I Want To Be A Firefighter on Amazon
NO DRAGONS FOR TEA
This is a charming story about a little girl who meets a very friendly dragon. He’s so friendly, in fact, that she invites him home for tea. Unfortunately, when he sneezes he sets the table on fire.
Happily, the little girl knows how to handle the emergency and she also teaches the dragon what to do.
The entire text rhymes and the book ends with the Dragon’s Fire Safety poem.
I think this is one of the best fire safety books for kids as it’s amusing and entertaining while also teaching about fire safety.
♥ Click here to see No Dragons for Tea on Amazon
BIG FRANK’S FIRE TRUCK
Even though this book is over 20 years old there’s still lots of great information in it and happily, it even includes multiple ethnicities and women firefighters.
The pictures are realistic, brightly coloured, and kid friendly.
The story takes the reader through a 24-hour day in the life of a firefighter. Included are lots of details and information about equipment, types of fires, and ways to prevent fires.
♥ Click here to see Big Frank’s Fire Truck on Amazon
PETE THE CAT – FIREFIGHTER PETE
Pete the Cat books have been very popular over the years. Pete’s such a cool and charming cat who’s hard to resist.
This story takes place in a firehouse when Pete and his classmates go on a field trip.
When the alarm rings for a real fire Pete gets to go along for the ride and help out.
♥ Click here to see Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete on Amazon
THE TRUE STORY OF NICK THE FIRE DOG
What’s so appealing about this lovely book is that it’s based on a true story about some New York firefighters who found a pitbull puppy abandoned and tied to a fire hydrant.
They rescued and adopted the little guy and now Nick travels around with them and helps teach children about fire safety!
♥ Click here to see The True Story of Nick the Fire Dog on Amazon
That’s it for the fire safety books. I hope you found one or two you can add to your collection!
MORE FIRE SAFETY BLOG POSTS!
My Mom is a Firefighter is another great book. I’ve written a full review and have included lots of free printables to go with it, including a couple of poems.
This post has lots of ideas for fire safety activities, including a cute and educational fire hydrant booklet your kids can make.
Here’s an addition to 12 Bump Game with a firefighter theme.
I wrote a book review of The Fire Station by Robert Munsch.
Brand new! A FREE fire safety booklet for your kids to colour, cut and staple together.