I’m always thinking of book lists to create and this one came together as I was looking at a stack of books we had just finished reading last week. Lately, we’ve been reading lots of books about fire trucks and pretend playing with lots of fire engines. It’s pretty timely since October is Fire Prevention Month.
Here are some of our favorite books about those big red (usually) engines!
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Fire Truck Books
Fire Truck by Peter Sis is a simple board book about a little boy who loves fire trucks and pretty much thinks about fire trucks from the time he gets up until the time he goes to bed.
Touch and Feel Fire Engine by DK Publishing. Little ones love to look at “real” pictures. DK Publishing does a good job of creating books full of photographs that capture a child’s interest.
My 2 year-old loves I Am a Fire Truck by Josephine Page because it’s a book that he can drive too. The book includes very simple text about the parts of a fire engine. Perfect for little hands.
If you are looking for a book about fire trucks that your little fire engine lover hasn’t read yet, then this is the one! I’m Brave is McMullan’s newest book. My boys love, love, love this book. I even learned about some of the tools that you will find on a fire truck that I didn’t know existed.
Flashing Fire Engines by Tim Mitton is an action and rhyme story that takes animal firefighters on a trip in the fire truck.
Fire Truck! by Ivan Ulz is a catchy little song that you won’t be able to get out of your head. “Fire truck, fire truck, I want to ride in a fire truck!”
We’ve checked out Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell from the library numerous times. My son is fascinated by the Dalmatian firefighters. Rockwell always a nice job of presenting stories with simple text but lots of visual details.
Zoom to the emergency in the Little Golden Book Classic The Fire Engine Book by Tibor Gergely. This one has been around awhile so you may remember it from your childhood!
And, here is a bonus book- Tito the Firefighter by Tim Hoppey. It’s not solely about fire trucks, but my son adores this book and I had to put it on the list. Tito passes the fire station each day saying, “Hola” to the firefighters. One day Tito helps as a translator between a Spanish speaking man and the firefighters. The man is trying to alert them to a fire. Kids learn a few Spanish words in the story. Yes, there is a fire truck in the book, but that is not the focus.
And, if you are planning a theme study on firefighters or other community workers, you’ll want to grab out Community Helpers Literacy Unit.