Picture Books

Here are some  nonfiction/learning books about Fire Trucks:

Emergency Vehicles - Fire Trucks, by Chris Oxlade, QEB Publishing, 2009 - Early grade schoolers will like this book with its basic info on fire trucks.

Fire Trucks, by Cynthia Amoroso, The Child's World, 2014 - A basic easy reader book.

Fire Trucks, by Kate Riggs, Creativ Education, 2016 - Fore preschooler and beginner readers as it has very large text and few words.

Fire Trucks on the Move, by Judith Jango-Cohen, Lerner Publications Company, 2011 - This book is for beginner readers and preschoolers. 

Fire Trucks Racing to the Scene, by Molly Alion, Crabtree Publishing Company, 2011 - A little more detail in this learning book.

Machines at Work - Fire Truck, by Caroline Bingham, DK, 2003 - easy to read but with enough details to please fire truck enthusiasts. 

Mighty Machines - Fire Trucks, by Caroline Bingham, an inside look at teh various fire rescue vehicles like the aerial ladder truck, the pumper, and even crash rescue vehicles.  

Mighty Machines - Fire Trucks and Rescue Vehicles, by Jean Coppendale, Firefly Books, 2010 - A quick look at various emergency vehicles. 


To the Rescue: Fire Trucks Then and Now, by Steve Otfinoski, Benchmark Books, 1997—This is an interesting book about the history of fire trucks with fairly easy text.

Here are some titles about Fire Safety:

Be Safe Around Fire, by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Silva Baroncelli, Amicus Illustrated, 2015 - This is a picture book but is a great way to review fire safety basics.

Contain the Flame: Outdoor Fire Safety, by Jill urban Donahue and illustrated by Bob Masheris, Picture Window Books, 2009—This brightly illustrated book has both a simple story of campers story and safety tips.

Fire Safety, by Lisa M. Herrington, Children's Press, 2013 - This small book is perfect for new readers as it has big words and few text.

Safe Kids: Fire Safety, by Dana Meachen Rau, Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2010—This small book uses full page photographs and simple text to teach fire safety.

Safety Around Fire, by Lucia Raatma, Bridgestone Books, 1999—This is a good beginners safety book to read to your children.

Here are some picture books about fire safety and Firefighters:

Firebears: The Rescue Team, by Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by Dan Andreasen, Henry Holt and Company, 2005—This rhyming picture book features cute firefighting bears as suggested by the title.

Fire Drill, by Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender and illustrated by Huy Voun Lee, Henry Holt and Company, 2010—Using cut-paper collage for illustrations this book features very simple text and is a good way to introduce the concept of fire drills to small children.

Fire Engine Man, by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha, Henry Holt and Company, 2007 - A little boy explains all that he will do when he is a fire engine man. 

The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck, by Laura Murray and illustrated by Mike Lowery, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2013 - When a class visits the fire house the Gingerbread Man he has many adventures like running away from the dalmatian, and then is whisked off to an actual fire earning him his very own helmet. 

Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill, by Jamie Harper, Cnadlewick Press, 2012 - Miss MIngo the Falmingo teachers her animal students about fire safety. 

No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons), written by Jean Pendziwol and illustrated by Marine Gourbault, Kids Can Press, 1999 – A little girl befriends a dragon and invites him over to her house for tea but when pepper makes the dragon sneeze  and a fire starts they must remember the fire safety rules.

Spark the Firefighter, by Stephen Krensky and illustrated by Amanda Haley, Dutton Children’s Books, 2008—This is the tale of a dragon who is afraid of fire so he joins the fire department to over come his fear.op, Drop and Roll, by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by Arthur Howard, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001—when Jessica’s class  studies fire safety she begins to  worry about all sorts of things but with the help of her family she conquers her fears and learns about fire safety

The Firehouse Light, by Janet Nolan and illustrated by Marie Lafrance, Tricycle Press,2010 - the true story of a firehouse in Livermore-Pleasanton, California that has a lightbulb that has stayed lit for more than one hundred years! 

For more information check out this website: http://www.centennialbulb.org/



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Fire Safety

 BOOKS about fire Trucks  

​​​JOURNALING​ Question Prompt:

Write out one or more of the following questions in your Family Theme Day Scrapbook or on a piece of paper to glue in your scrapbook: 
What do firefighters do? What are some ways to prevent fires?  What do you know about fire safety? What would you do in case of fire emergency?  Where is your family’s outside meeting place in case of a fire?

Here are some nonfiction/learning titles about Firefighters:

Diary of a Firefighter, by Angela Royston, Heinemann LIbrary, 2014 - An easy to read book that reads like a diary in first person. 

Firefighters to the Rescue!, created by Bobbie Calman, Crabtree Publishing Company, 2005—This is a thorough book with many photographs and lots of interesting detail about Firefighters.

Fire in Their Eyes: Wildfires and the People Who Fight Them, by Karen Magnuson Beil, Harcourt Brace & Company, 1999—Older readers may like this detailed book about fighting wildfires.

If You Were A...Firefighter, by Virginia Schomp, Benchmark Books, 1998—This offers a good summary of what firefighters do with plenty of photographs.

I Want to Be...A Firefighter, created by Stephanie Maze, Harcourt Brace  & Company, 1999—This book gives a lot of detail on what people training to be firefighters have to do plus it includes the history of firefighting among other interesting facts.

· Ms. Murphy Fights Fires, written by Alice K. Flanagan and photographs by Christine Osinski, Children’s Press, 1997—Simple text and photographs tell children what a firefighter does while also relaying the message that girls can do anything they set their minds on.

Go to the library with your children and find books about fire safety or fire fighters!

 BOOKS about fire fighters 

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​How to encourage your child to write:

Choose the level of your child:
Toddler/Preschool – discuss the answer(s) out loud first and have your child draw a picture of the answer

Preschool/Kindergarten – discuss the answer(s) out loud first and write the answer down for him/her leaving one word for him/her to write out himself/herself with your help. You could also encourage him/her to draw a picture as well.

Early Grade School – have your child either write out the answer himself/herself (encourage phonetic spelling) without your help, or offer to help with spelling each word out loud one word at a time.

Grade School – have your child write a sentence or two on his/her own and then read over and discuss the response.  (You decide whether to correct the spelling or not)

Older Child – have your child write a longer response (paragraph).

As A Challenge – instead of a question ask your older child to write a story or poem about fire safety.