story time

Firefighter Story Time

We always do a firefighter story time for Fire Prevention Week. And I was lucky enough to score a visit from our local fire company as well!

Welcome Song: Hands Go Up and Hands Go Down
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Hands go up and hands go down
I can turn around and round
I can hop upon two shoes
I can listen so can you
I can sit, I’ll show you how
Story time is starting now

Song: Where is Thumbkin?
I only do thumb, pointer, and pinkie.

Book: Firefighter Frank by Monica Wellington


I love this book and that it was researched with real firefighters to find out what their actual day is like.

Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
I do three verses of this classic:
Row row row your boat (the traditional way) //
Rock rock rock your boat, sway from side to side
Merrily merrily merrily merrily what a bumpy ride (bump hands on lap) //
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile (crocodile snap with arms)
Don’t forget to scream (*AH*)

Song: Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Fire Truck (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (hands on steering wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding

Hurry, hurry, turn the corner (lean to the left/right)
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder (pretend to climb ladder)
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water (pretend to spray hose)
Slowly, slowly, back to the station (lean slowly left/right)
Source: Storytime Katie

Book: Fire Engine Man by Andrea Zimmerman & David Clemesha


Sweet story about a boy (and his baby brother) who wants to be a fireman and his future plans.

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Sung three times, getting faster each time.

Wiggle Rhyme: Watch Out for the Bugs (to the tune of Jingle Bells)
Clap your hands, stomp your feet
Wiggle all around
Throw your hands up in the air and now let’s touch the ground
Touch your head, touch your hips, give yourself a hug
Now sit down upon the floor
But watch out for the bugs!! (stamp out the bugs)

Song: At the Fire Station (to the tune of Down at the Station)
At the fire station, early in the morning
See all the fire engines in a row.
See the firefighters riding in the fire truck.
Beep, beep, wee-ooo, off they go!

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Itsy Bitsy Spider (sung normally)
Teeny Weeny Spider (sung in falsetto)
Great Big Hairy Spider (sung deeply)

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Firefighters! Speeding! Spraying! Saving! by Patricia Hubbell; illustrated by Viviana Garofoli


I love a book that rhymes. I find them more fun to read. The kids really seemed to like this one as well. Short and sweet for after shaker time!

Song: Alice the Camel
Alice the Camel has five humps
Alice the Camel has five humps
Alice the Camel has five humps
So go Alice go
Four // Three // Two // One
Alice the Camel has no humps
Alice the Camel has no humps
Alice the Camel has no humps
‘Cause Alice is a horse


I think my camel art is improving …

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

After story time we went outside to the parking lot (luckily it was a GORGEOUS autumn day!) to walk around the truck and have a fire safety presentation by our firefighters. They’re all volunteers and so amazing that they gave their time to do this for us.


The first thing they did was talk about fire safety with the kids. To stop, drop, and roll if they’re on fire and about creating a plan with your family and a meeting spot outside of the house if there’s ever a fire.


Then the kids walked around the fire truck and looked at all of the supplies and tools. After that the firefighters handed out hats, pencils, coloring books, and stickers that said “Junior Firefighter.”


Last, one of the firefighters (a woman, which I loved to see!) dressed in all of her gear to demonstrate to the kids what a firefighter would look like if they have to rescue them from their house so they won’t be scared. (Their gear weighs about 100 pounds!!) They told them they’ll be breathing funny (like Darth Vader!) and have on giant coats and pants and gloves but not to be scared and hide. I thought that was so clever, I would never think of a kid being scared of a firefighter but it makes sense. Especially in the panic of a fire. They do look kind of monstrous in all that gear!



Such a fun day! I love when other members of our community join us at the library and we can provide that service to our patrons. I think the kids really enjoyed themselves and I had a great time as well!

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