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Children’s Books on Fire Safety

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Thanks to the Children’s Center of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County for their help in compiling this list. For information about using these books in the classroom, visit After the Fire: The Teachable Moment.


Bridwell, Norman. Clifford the Firehouse Dog
Clifford, the big red dog, visits his brother Nero, a fire safety dog, and helps the firemen put out a fire. Includes “Clifford’s Fire Safety Rules”. Ages 4-7

Also available in Spanish:Clifford el perro bombero

Brown, Marc. Arthur’s Fire Drill
Arthur helps ease D.W.’s fire fears by practicing fire drills at home. Ages 5-7

Cuyler, Margery. Stop, Drop and Roll
In this humorous story Jessica the worrywart is nervous because her family hasn’t followed any of the fire prevention and fire safety tips she learns about in school. Thanks to her they make some changes and Jessica learns that being prepared is the best way to cure her fears. Ages 5-8

DeSimini, Lisa. Dot the Fire Dog
Dot the Dalmatian that lives at a firehouse accompanies the firefighters when they rush to a burning house. The final pages offers “Dot’s Fire Safety Tips” for adults and children to talk about together. Ages 3-7

Griessman, Annette. The Fire
When their house is destroyed by fire and everything is lost except a stuffed bear and a family photograph, Mama reminds Maria and her little brother, Pepito, that they still have their  most important possessions – each other. Ages 5-8

Kourofsky, Carolyn. Mikey Makes a Mess/ Mikey hace un desorden
Mikey learns that leaving his toys in the middle of the floor is hazardous while his father is reminded that leaving matches lying around is equally dangerous. Includes questions for children and safety tips for parents. In English and Spanish. Ages 4-7.

Pendziwol, Jean. No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons)
A girl’s dragon friend accidently sets the house on fire when he comes for tea. But she and her mom remember all the important fire safety tips and rescue themselves and the panicky dragon. The book concludes with a catchy fire safety rhyme and a fire safety checklist for adults to use in teaching fire safety. Ages 4 -7

Williams, Vera. A Chair for My Mother
The fire destroyed all their furniture, but thanks to family and friends a girl, her mother and grandmother have the basics they need in a new apartment. Now they’re saving all their spare change in a big jar to buy a comfy armchair. Ages 5- 8.

Also available in Spanish:Un Sillón Para Mi Mamá



Boelts, Maribeth. A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe around Fire
Discusses preventing fires, developing a family emergency exit plan, and what to do in case a fire starts. Ages 6-9

Fortney, Mary. Fire Station Number 4: the daily life of firefighters
Describes the various activities performed every day by firefighters in suburban San Francisco. Concludes with two pages of fire safety rules. Ages 7-10

Gibbons, Gail. Fire! Fire!
Views fire fighters fighting fires in the city, the country, the forest and on the waterfront.  Two final pages give fire prevention tips and explain what to do in case of fire. Ages 6-8.

Haas, Jessie. Fire! My Parents’ Story
Eight year old Patty is the one who discovers the fire in her family’s isolated farmhouse in 1948 in this compelling true account. Everyone survives and life goes forward, although the house is destroyed and their lives disrupted.  Ages 8-12

Marzollo, Jean.  I am Fire
A brief, simple text explains the difference between good fire, which can be used safely for cooking and providing warmth, and bad fire, which can cause burns or destroy property. Offers basic fire safety tips. Ages 3-6

Mudd-Ruth, Maria. Firefighting: Behind the Scenes
An in-depth look at the challenging and dangerous work performed by firefighters, including their training, equipment, life at the firehouse and firefighting techniques. A final chapter discusses fire prevention and safety. Ages 8-10

Raatma, Lucia. Crawl Low Under Smoke
Explains how to leave a building safely during a fire, emphasizing staying low to avoid smoke and using alternate ways out. Part of the Fire Safety series. Ages 6-9

Raatma, Lucia. Home Fire Drills
Explains what to do in case of a fire in your house and tells how practicing fire drills can help you to be safe. Part of the Fire Safety series. Ages 6-9

Raatma, Lucia. Safety Around Fire
Describes good versus bad fire; how to stay safe around indoor and outdoor fires, and how to plan a family escape route. Part of the Safety First! series. Ages 6-9

Raatma, Lucia. Smoke Alarms
Discusses the importance of having smoke detectors in the home, the different kinds of detectors and how they work, and what to do when they sound. Part of the Fire Safety series. Ages 6-9.

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