Do your child’s ears perk up when they hear sirens? Do they ask to drive past fire stations just to see if the trucks are “at home”? Have they ever dreamed about being a firefighter, doctor or police officer? If they have these books about emergency workers will be perfect for them.
Emergency! by Gail Gibbons is a great compilation of all the different kinds of emergency responders in our community from police, ambulance, firefighters and even utility workers. My son loved the simple illustrations and the descriptive but to the point text about all the different vehicles and people inside them. We also both loved the look at the history of some of the different vehicles over time at the end of the book.
Policeman Small was first published in 1962 and is retro in all the awesome ways. Cute and cheery, it’s like a little Rockwell painting in a book! Policeman Small is about a policeman in a simpler time, a time that is perfect for little readers not looking for the reality of what police work is, instead of looking for something simple. A big hit with young toddlers, my son enjoyed this book well before he was 2 and still does years later.Ambulances by Carol K. Lindeen is a simple nonfiction book all about ambulances that uses simple questions and real photographs to inform and educate the reader. My son loved that the book uses real photographs. He studied each one asking questions about who each person was, what happened to them etc… The text is very brief but it does its job explaining the basics. So that like my inquisitive little guy, and your child can use that base knowledge and ask more specific questions after reading each page and studying the photographs. Good nonfiction choice.
Doctor Meow’s Big Emergency by Sam Lloyd was taken out of the library late last week and has been read at least twice a day since we both know it off my heart. In the book, readers meet Dr. Meow and her trusty ambulance driver Woof as they care for patients. They rush to the aid of Tom Cat who has been injured falling out of a tree. Really it’s a story about being kind to others and forgiving. Tom Cat learns not to pick on little Mr. Bird and in turn, Mr. Bird forgives Tom Cat for his mistakes. Both my son and I loved the little cheeky details, humor and fun little world that the author-illustrator created in this book.
Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell is the current favorite at our house. I found it at a thrift store for twenty-five cents. I am definitely getting much more than my money’s worth! It’s a cute book with easy text and cute cartoon dalmatians as firefighters. I particularly love that there is a fire boat in the book since we often see those around here. Cute book for fire engine lovers!
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