If you have a toddler who loves fire trucks, then you know how important it is to have the perfect book to read to them. Fortunately, there are plenty of children’s books about fire trucks, firefighting, and firefighters that your little one will surely enjoy. From board books for babies to picture books for preschoolers, these books are sure to keep your child entertained and educated about the brave heroes who keep us safe.
In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the best firefighter books for toddlers and preschoolers. We’ve carefully selected books that are toddler-vetted and parent-approved, so you can be confident that you’re getting the best of the best. Whether your child loves flashing fire engines, fire hoses, or building their own fire station, there’s a book on this list that they’re sure to love. So grab a copy of one (or more!) of these children’s books and get ready to explore the exciting world of firefighting with your little hero.
- There are plenty of children’s books about fire trucks, firefighting, and firefighters that are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
- From board books for babies to picture books for preschoolers, these books are sure to keep your child entertained and educated about the brave heroes who keep us safe.
- Whether your child loves flashing fire engines, fire hoses, or building their own fire station, there’s a book on this list that they’re sure to love.
1. Fire Truck
Fire Truck is a children’s book by Peter Sis that tells the story of a little boy named Matt who loves fire trucks. The book features Matt turning into a fire truck and doing various fire truck things like blaring his siren and saving a cat. The book ends with Matt smelling pancakes and becoming a boy again to eat breakfast.
One notable feature of the book is its counting practice. It lists off the numbers 1-10 with items on Matt the Fire Truck, making it a great tool for teaching counting to young children.
Parents and toddlers alike enjoy this book because it is different from other fire truck books that have similar plots. The illustrations are also a hit with children, as they love inspecting all the little fire truck toys throughout the book.
In summary, Fire Truck is a fun and engaging book for young children who love fire trucks. It has a unique storyline, great illustrations, and is a useful tool for teaching counting.
2. Firefighter Ted
Firefighter Ted is a children’s book by Andrea Beaty that follows the adventures of a little bear named Ted who tries to help around town as a “firefighter.” However, every time Ted tries to help, he actually causes trouble without realizing it. The book is part of a series that includes other titles such as Doctor Ted and Artist Ted. The pictures in the book are cute and the humor will appeal to slightly older kids. However, the jokes may be a little above the heads of younger children, as the punchlines need to be explained often. Firefighter Ted is a fun and entertaining book that will keep kids engaged and laughing.
[Firefighter Frank] would likely appreciate the book’s message about the importance of helping others, even if things don’t always go as planned. The book’s humor and cute illustrations make it a great addition to any child’s library.
3. The Firefighters
The book “The Firefighters” by Sue Whiting follows a classroom of students and their teacher as they pretend to be firefighters. The story is written in first person, but it does not identify which child is the protagonist, allowing the reader to identify with either a little boy or girl as the protagonist. The book ends with a visit from real firefighters who teach the kids about fire safety, making it a nice gentle introduction to discussing fire safety with your kids. The students practice crawling out during a fire, which could be a fun activity to emulate and practice. This book is a great way to introduce children to the role of firefighters and the importance of fire safety.
4. Wheels on a Fire Truck Book
The Wheels on a Fire Truck is a children’s book by Jeffrey Burton and Alison Brown that is perfect for toddlers. The book is a reworking of the classic song, “The Wheels on the Bus,” but with things on a fire truck. The book features animal firefighters doing different duties with each refrain of the song. The illustrations are colorful and engaging, and the book is an easy read. It is a great way to get your child to sing along to something for the first time. At the end of the book, the animal firefighters put out a fire and save the day. The Wheels on a Fire Truck may not win any literary awards, but it is sure to delight your toddler.
5. This is the Firefighter
This Is the Firefighter by Laura Godwin is a children’s book that follows a firefighter as he responds to a fire call. The book’s text is formatted so that every sentence is grammatically the same, making it easy to read aloud. The rhyming scheme adds to the book’s appeal, and the simple text is easy for young children to follow. The book ends by highlighting how firefighters are heroes, making it a great educational tool for children. Overall, This Is the Firefighter is a fun and informative book that can help teach children about the important work of firefighters.
6. Five Little Firefighters
Five Little Firefighters is a children’s book and comic book hybrid by Tom Graham. The book follows five firefighters as they respond to a fire and save a kitten. The story is progressed by short thought bubbles and simple text explaining the action. This comic-style format is a refreshing change from the usual children’s book format. The book includes a woman in the firefighter team, which is a great representation for young girls. The book is perfect for toddlers who will love saying the ‘wee-oooh’ and ‘honk’ parts along with the book.
7. My Mom is a Firefighter Book
My Mom is a Firefighter, written by Lois Grambling, is a children’s book that tells the story of a little boy named Billy and his mom, who is a firefighter. The book is a refreshing take on the traditional firefighter story, as it features a female protagonist. Billy shares all the fun things he gets to do at the firehouse with his mom and the important work his mom does when she fights fires.
The book also includes a section on fire safety, which is woven into the story when Billy’s mom does a fire presentation at his school. It covers important safety measures such as stop, drop, and roll, which serves as a good reminder for parents to discuss with their children.
Overall, My Mom is a Firefighter is an engaging and informative book that teaches children about the important role firefighters play in keeping us safe. It’s a great read for any child who loves fire trucks and wants to learn more about the brave men and women who fight fires every day.
8. Little Fire Engine
If you’re looking for a book that goes into more detail about the steps firefighters take than some of the other books listed here, then The Little Fire Engine by Lois Lenski is a great option. This book follows a fireman named Mr. Small and the steps he takes to respond to a fire. The attention to detail makes the text a little longer than some other books and may not make it the best fit for toddlers with short attention spans.
One of the best parts of this book is the page where the parts of a fire truck are labeled. Many fire truck books do this, but this one is the most detailed, highlighting new parts we haven’t seen in other books’ diagrams. This feature makes it a great educational resource for kids who are interested in learning about fire trucks and firefighting.
Overall, while many of the stories about fire trucks and firefighters were very similar, Little Fire Engine stands out for its detailed illustrations and informative text. If you have a little fire truck lover in your life, they will likely enjoy this book. However, keep in mind that it may not be the best fit for younger children with shorter attention spans.
9. Firefighter Duckies Book
Firefighter Duckies is a children’s book by Frank Dormer that tells the story of a group of brave and strong ducks who help animals in need. The book’s humorous and absurd plot, which involves ducks rescuing whales in trees and dinosaurs on bicycles, is sure to delight slightly older kids. The illustrations are cheeky and fun, with thought bubbles throughout, adding to the book’s charm. One of the recommended features for toddler books, predictable refrains, is also present in this book, with the same refrain about the ducks being brave and strong repeated throughout the story. Overall, Firefighter Duckies is a fun and enjoyable read for young children.
10. Machines with Power! Fire Truck Book
If you’re looking for a fun and educational book for young children, Machines with Power! Fire Trucks by Amy McDonald is a great choice. This early reader’s book features simple and repetitive words with large, real-life pictures of fire trucks. The book is perfect for toddlers because of its big, simple text and photographs that are easy to point out. Even though it’s meant for early readers, it’s also appropriate to read to toddlers. They’ll love learning about the different parts of a fire truck while enjoying the colorful and engaging illustrations.
11. Molly, by Golly
Molly, by Golly is a children’s book that tells the story of Molly Williams, the first known female and black firefighter. The book presents her as the cook of the firehouse who volunteered to fight a fire when the other firefighters were sick with influenza. While it is great to see a book that celebrates the history of a black woman firefighter, the book does not acknowledge Molly’s enslavement.
In the back of the book, there are frequently asked questions that refer to Molly as one of the firefighter’s servants. However, the author’s explanations of why she wrote the text and these FAQs were a great addition to the historical narrative.
The text of this book is long per page and would be more appropriate for older kids. Overall, Molly, by Golly is a good introduction to the story of Molly Williams, but it could benefit from acknowledging the full scope of her life and experiences.
12. I’m Brave!
I’m Brave! is a children’s book written by Kate and Jim McMullan. The story is narrated by a fire truck who explains his different parts and job. The writing is punchy and choppy, with lots of exclamation points and sound words, making it engaging for little kids. The book is part of a series that includes titles like I Stink! and I’m Dirty!
While the book may not be a favorite for some adults, it is loved by many toddlers. The fast tempo of the book keeps children engaged, and they love to say “weee ooooo” and “hooooooonnnkkkk” along with the book. The big, bold text and noises make it easy for young readers to follow along.
Overall, I’m Brave! is a fun and engaging book for young children who are interested in fire trucks and their parts. It is a great addition to any child’s book collection and can help spark their interest in firefighting and other related fields.
13. Fire Truck vs. Dragon Book
If you’re looking for a fun and creative book about fire trucks, you should check out Fire Truck vs. Dragon by Chris Barton. The book features a fire truck and a dragon who are good friends, despite their seemingly opposite roles in the world of fires. In fact, the book is all about the many things they’re good at doing together, like bringing food to a BBQ potluck and playing birthday party games.
The book is presented in a comic book-style format, with word bubbles and fun illustrations that will keep kids engaged. The story ends with the dragon breathing fire and the fire truck putting it out, making for a satisfying conclusion.
While the book is definitely cute and fun, it might be more suitable for slightly older kids or those who are more familiar with dragons. Overall, Fire Truck vs. Dragon is a cheeky and enjoyable read that highlights the power of friendship and cooperation.
14. Fire Engines
If you’re a truck-loving toddler, you’ll enjoy Anne Rockwell’s book, Fire Engines. The book provides a simple explanation of different types of fire engines such as ladder trucks, pumper fire trucks, chief cars, and firefighting boats. It is a great book for younger toddlers who are fascinated by trucks. Fire Engines is a rather generic book, but it does an excellent job of explaining the functions of fire trucks in simple terms.
15. Firefighters! Speeding! Spraying! Saving!
Firefighters! Speeding! Spraying! Saving! is a children’s book by Patricia Hubbell that follows a group of firefighters as they respond to a fire call. The book is simple and easy to read aloud due to its rhyming scheme. The firefighters jump into their truck, race to the fire, and successfully save the day. The highlight of this book is its rhymes, which make it an enjoyable and flowing read. The book is fairly predictable, but its simplicity and rhyming scheme make it a great choice for young children.
16. A Fire Truck Named Red Book
A Fire Truck Named Red is a children’s book written by Randall De Seve. The story follows a boy named Rowan who is disappointed when his grandfather gives him an old toy fire truck for his birthday instead of the fancy one he wanted. However, as Rowan learns about his grandfather’s childhood, he becomes excited about his new toy. The book portrays the child’s disappointment at receiving a gift he didn’t want and how he tries to maintain composure. This provides a good example of how disappointing situations can be turned around by staying open-minded.
The illustrations in the book have a unique style that some may describe as “South Park-y” and sterile. However, the use of sepia pictures to indicate the grandfather’s memories is a nice touch. The color choice provides visual scaffolding for when Rowan joins in his grandfather’s memory stories and helps young readers process the story line.
Overall, A Fire Truck Named Red is a heartwarming story that teaches children about the value of family and the importance of being open-minded.
17. Fire Engine Man
Fire Engine Man is a children’s book written by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha. The book features a young boy who dreams of becoming a firefighter, and he explains all the things he will do when he becomes one. Similar to their book Digger Man, the same boy looks forward to his life as a digging truck operator.
This book is perfect for kids who have younger siblings. The little boy in the book talks about how he will show his little brother about firefighting, which makes it a great book for siblings to read together. The book features toy trucks and cars in the background of some pages, which can be entertaining for young readers.
Parents can use this book to teach their children about being kind to their younger siblings. The book shows a clear example of the older sibling teaching the younger brother so that he grows up to play trucks with him in the future. This book about sibling dynamics can be more relatable to young readers than more general new baby books.
In summary, Fire Engine Man is an engaging children’s book that can teach young readers about firefighting and sibling dynamics. It is an excellent addition to any child’s book collection.