My Community: I Want to Be a Firefighter (I Can Read! Level 1: Beginning Reading)

by Laura Driscoll (Author) Catalina Echeverri (Illustrator)

My Community: I Want to Be a Firefighter (I Can Read! Level 1: Beginning Reading)

For the child who says, I want to be a firefighter when I grow up! And for any child who wants a gentle behind-the-scenes look at being a firefighter.

My brother and I both want to be firefighters, but we can't decide what kind to be. When firefighters from Fire District 1 visit our school for Fire Safety Day, we learn that there are firefighters who fight forest fires and work at airports to help with airplane emergencies. Did you know that there are other kinds of firefighters too? There are firefighters who figure out how a fire started and fight fires before they even happen. Maybe I'll be a firefighter, too?

With this story blending narrative with nonfiction, readers meet the many different kinds of firefighters who do so much to support our communities.

I Want to Be a Firefighter is part of an I Can Read series that introduces young readers to important community helpers. This Level One I Can Read and Guided Reading Level J is perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. Whether shared at home or in a classroom, the short sentences, familiar words, and simple concepts of Level One books support success for children eager to start reading on their own.

For anyone looking for books about community helpers for kids, the I Can Read My Community books are a great choice. The books are bright and upbeat and feature characters who are diverse in terms of gender, race, age, and body type. Kids ages 3-6 will enjoy finding out more about the people who do so much to help all of our communities.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3—After Max and his twin sister pretend to respond to an emergency with their pet cat in the bedroom, they are excited to go to school for Fire Safety Day to learn the job of a real firefighter. When they arrive, there is a fire truck outside of the school, and firefighters show the students all the important duties of a fire engineer, investigator, marshal, captain, and more. This colorful book is a great introduction to learning about a crucial community helper. Text and accompanying watercolor pictures work well together to tell the story of a firefighter's responsibilities. The pictures also show diversity in characters, making the story relatable to all readers. A glossary of terms a helps reinforce the concepts from the story. VERDICT An ideal book to read aloud to preschool or kindergarten students. Kids in the first or second grades will also benefit by reading this book independently.—Kerra Mazzariello

Copyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
August 02, 2022
I Can Read! Level 1: Beginning Reading
BISAC categories
JNF031000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Lifestyles | City & Town Life
JNF011000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Careers
JNF045000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Readers | Beginner
JNF024080 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Health & Daily Living | Safety
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Readers (Primary)
Readers (Publications)
Fire fighters

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