Children are both fascinated and a little bit fearful of firetrucks screaming by with lights blazing and sirens blaring. So it’s no wonder there are so many firefighter books for preschool to help lessen their fear and grow their fascination.
These engaging firefighter books for preschool and pre-k help children recognize these community heroes, with or without their gear. Because firefighters and fire trucks can seem so intimidating, children sometimes hide from them during a fire. Giving children a chance to know that there’s a human under all of that gear makes firefighters less scary. Read on for some favorites!
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Fire Fighters by Norma Simon
Check out what happens when this fire truck leaves the firehouse in this informative story. Helpful dalmatians in bright, colorful pictures show the ride to the scene, putting out the fire, the fire investigation, and the ride back to the fire station. The story finishes with what happens back at the firehouse.
Extending the Learning: Organize a tour of the local firehouse to help children be comfortable with firefighters and to learn about fire safety.
A Day in the Life of a Firefighter by Linda Hayward
Real pictures with the text help describe what firefighters do. Along with safety inspections, everyday life at the firehouse, and safety moves, there are vocabulary words at the end of the book. And with a bonus rescue of a puppy named Pickles, the children will undoubtedly be engaged!
Extending the Learning: Set up a Fire Station dramatic play area to help the children act out what they’re reading and learning.
Alphabet Rescue by Audrey & Bruce Wood
Another engaging story from Audrey and Bruce Wood! Charley’s little letters take a trip to Alphabet City, where they prove their helpfulness in putting out a fire at the letter factory. Creative, colorful pictures will keep the reader’s interest as they search for hidden words on the pages.
Extending the Learning: Hide some plastic letters in a sensory bin filled with kinetic sand or other filler and have the students find the letters in their names.
Spark the Firefighter by Stephen Krensky
Find a copy of this book at the library or online thrift book store to find out if a dragon can really fight fires. Spark the dragon wants to try even though he’s afraid of fire. He gets over his fear and saves the day and a barn full of animals proving things can be done when you try to be brave.
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Hamsters Don’t Fight Fires by Andrew Root
There’s more to being a firefighter than how big you are. Hugo the hamster learns to be brave in trying scary things because you might find you’re more cut out for the job than you think! Once Hugo embraces his size, he finds there’s so much more he can do. Travel along with Hugo in this adorable tale as he finds his way in the world of firefighting.
Extending the Learning: Help children learn fire drill routines during Fire Safety Week with these Fire Drill Classroom Routines.
Helpers in our Neighborhood by Shira Evans
This nonfiction book has great takes from children around the world describing people who are helpful in their neighborhood.
Extending the Learning: Learn about firefighters and other community helpers with two weeks’ worth of activities in the Circle Time Community Helpers Unit for Preschoolers.
Hello Fire Truck by Marjorie Blain Parker
Colorful, graphic pictures use rhyming words to tell the story of firefighting animals putting out a barn fire. Watch the story unfold as the adorable fuzzy firefighters save a cat from the burning barn. Vocabulary words are included at the end of the book.
Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling, Deborah Hembrook
Children will love to guess who the clothes on the line belong to. With rhyming prose and engaging pictures, readers guess if the clothes belong to workers such as a baker, firefighters, farmers, or astronauts.
Extending the Learning: Assemble an interactive bulletin board with community helpers and the items they need to do their jobs.
Fireman Small by Wong Yee
With its rhyming and adorable pictures, “Fireman Small saves the day” time after time. First, he saves a cat out of a tree, then Tommy out of the well, and puts out a fire at the bakery. Fireman Small’s friends are so thankful for him!
Pete the Cat Firefighter Pete by James Dean
Pete the Cat and his class visit the local firehouse. While trying on the gear, a call comes in, and they get to ride along! Follow along as they put out a fire and rescue Grumpy Toad.
Extending the Learning: Assemble a heavy coat, thick pants, boots, gloves, and a helmet. Let the children take turns getting dressed like Pete in his firefighter story.
Emergency! by Margaret Mayo
Colorful pictures help tell the story of different vehicles and how they help with emergencies. This story includes vehicles like police cars, ambulances, and rescue boats.
Extending the Learning: Place a basket of vehicles in the block area with ramps and boxes for garages. Continue the transportation fun with two weeks of circle time lesson plans and centers in this Transportation Unit for Preschoolers.
These are just a few of the engaging firefighter books for preschoolers. Leave a comment below with your favorite firefighter books for preschool!