October is National Fire Safety Month. I want to take this time to start teaching Mason about what needs to happen in the event of a fire. This isn’t always easy to talk about. How do you make a preschooler understand the importance of fire safety without scaring them? I’m an adult and when I think of what we would need to do in the event of a fire it gets overwhelming, can you imagine what it must be like if you’re in the 3-5 age range?
As with other topics I turn to books. This month we’ll not only focus on Halloween Books but also Fire Safety Books and any books that deal with Fire Trucks/Firefighters so that I can safely bring up the topic and talk to him about what he would have to do in a fire. Here a list of books I’ve been looking into, I will note which ones I’ve purchased and what I think!
Big Bold fire engines, waiting day and night, Ready for a rescue or a blazing fire to fight. As soon as there’s a fire alarm, the engines start to roar. The firefighters jump aboard..it rumbles out the door.” Jump aboard a bright red fire engine with a trio of friendly animal firefighters as sirens wail, lights flash, firehoses squirt, and fires blaze — in this story that blends action and rhyme with all the details kids want to know about one of their favorite machines. The mix of visual entertainment and lively wordplay ensures that young children will delight in the reading experience, as will the adults fortunate enough to read aloud these irresistable rhymes!
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The children in this kindergarten class know what to do when there’s a fire drill. They put down their toys and get in line. They file out of the building, slowly and calmly. They listen to the teacher. And when the teacher says “Okay!” the children know everything is safe. Back they go to their classroom to learn and play. Bouncy and bright, this simple rhyming text guides youngsters through all the steps of a fire drill.
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While out for a walk with her mom, a little girl has the surprise of her life — she meets a real, live, fire-breathing dragon! Now this dragon is nothing to be afraid of — in fact, he’s so friendly that she invites him home for tea. But their afternoon snack is suddenly interrupted when the dragon sneezes and sets the table ablaze. Luckily, the girl knows just what to do, and she teaches her new friend to be fire smart, too. With its funny, rhyming verse and spunky illustrations, No Dragons for Tea shows kids that learning about fire safety doesn’t have to be scary. The story ends with “The Dragon’s Fire Safety Rhyme” — a fun and easy way to remember what to do in case of fire.
Jessica has always been a worrier, and learning about fire safety is making her more nervous than ever. But our favorite worrywart is about to discover that knowing what to do in an emergency is the best (and only) way to extinguish her fire-safety fears!
The alarm sounds. Fire! Fire! Big trucks roll out of the firehouse and race to the scene. Out come the soft hoses and aerial ladders. Whether the fire is in the city or in the country, on the waterfront or in a deep forest, firefighters are on the scene in moments, ready to attack the blaze.
Emily Elizabeth and Clifford go to visit his brother, who is a firehouse dog. When an alarm goes off, Clifford comes to the rescue–he HELPS OTHERS by rescuing the people and putting out the fire!
Learn more about FIRE SAFETY with Lieutenant Toby, who’s no ordinary puppy in this vividly illustrated and colored picture book! Complete with colorful illustrations for emphasis, this book is perfect for learning about fire prevention. Reminders, warnings and preventative measures are all presented by Lieutenant Toby, through the use of engaging rhymes. From smoke alarms to exit plans, learn how to prevent fires in every room of the house and be prepared to know what to do if a fire does occur. Fire accidents and injuries can be prevented if you just know what to do!
George and the man with the yellow hat take a trip to the firehouse, where George finds all sorts of new things to explore. When one curious monkey meets a company of unsuspecting firefighters, a big adventure follows.
Clang! Clang! Clang! Firefighters rush into their fireproof suits. They pull on their helmets, gloves, and boots. Then off they roar in their trucks—zooming away to save the day!
In this book, the guppies learn about firefighters. When Bubble Puppy chases a squirrel up a tree, he can’t get back down. Gil tries to help, but finds himself stuck also. Just then, a firefighter arrives to rescue them. The guppies talk about what happened in Mr. Grouper’s class and they decide to take a field trip to the fire station to learn more.
We’ve bought a couple of these books and have rented a few from the library as well! I’ll be adding more to my collection each year especially since we have Kyla to hand the books down too!
Do you have any suggestions for firefighter and fire safety books for preschoolers?