October is Fire Prevention Month

but, instead of the usual fire safety books one might expect, I am going to suggest some historical fiction titles --


Mrs. O'Leary's cow adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman. The story of the infamous cow that knocked over a lantern and started the great Chicago fire of 1871.

New York's bravest by Mary Pope Osborne.  This story tells of the heroic deeds of the legendary New York firefighter, Mose Humphreys. 

Magnus at the fire  by Jennifer Armstrong.  When the Broadway Fire House acquires a motorized fire engine, Magnus the fire horse is not ready to retire 

Firehorse Max by Sara London. When an old peddler needs a new horse to pull his heavy wagon, he buys one named Max from the firehouse auction. All's well until one day Max hears fire bells clanging.