BookYou Asked For It: Books about Community Helpers

Browse the list below for a selection of great books about community helpers. Click the book cover or title to go to the book in the online catalog. Click the author's name to search for more books by that author.

Cover Image I Can See Just Fine
Barclay, Eric, author, illustrator.

"Though Paige claims, "I can see just fine," her parents grow concerned and decide it's time for Paige to visit the eye doctor. Paige remains defiant until she finds the perfect frames and more importantly, perfect eyesight"-- Provided by publisher.

Cover Image The Night Worker
Banks, Kate, 1960-
New York : Frances Foster Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000.

Alex wants to be a "night worker" like his father who goes to work at a construction site after Alex goes to bed.

Cover Image I Know an Old Teacher
Bowen, Anne, 1952-
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, 2008.

In this take on the well-known cumulative rhyme, a teacher inadvertently swallows a flea, then follows it with an assortment of classroom pets while her students look on in surprise.

Cover Image Kitten Red, Yellow, Blue
Catalanotto, Peter.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2005.

After placing the red kitten with Dave the firefighter and the blue kitten with Francine the police officer, Mrs. Tuttle finds homes for fourteen other colorful kittens.

Cover Image Drive
Clement, Nathan, 1966-
Asheville, N.C. : Front Street, 2008.

In brief text with illustrations, a boy describes his father's work as a truck driver.

Cover Image Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth
Cousins, Lucy.
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2006.

Maisy the mouse and her animal friends accompany nervous Charley on his first visit to the dentist.

Cover Image The Library Dragon
Deedy, Carmen Agra.
Atlanta : Peachtree, 1994.

Miss Lotta Scales is a dragon who believes her job is to protect the school's library books from the children, but when she finally realizes that books are meant to be read, the dragon turns into Miss Lotty, librarian and storyteller.

Cover Image Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos
Elya, Susan Middleton, 1955-
New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2012.

A brave group of firefighters set off to battle a blaze at a townhouse. Spanish words interspersed in the rhyming text are defined in a glossary.

Cover Image Five Little Firefighters
Graham, Thomas, 1947-
New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2008.

Even though their dinner is ready to eat, when the fire alarm bell sounds, the firefighters must go out to rescue a family and their cat.

Cover Image The Moon Came Down On Milk Street
Gralley, Jean.
New York : H. Holt, 2004.

When the moon comes down in pieces, different helpers work to set things right again, including the Fire Chief, rescue workers, and helper dogs.

Cover Image Police Officers On Patrol
Hamilton, K. R. (Kersten R.)
New York : Viking Childrens Books, 2009.

Illustrations and brief rhyming text depict police officers responding to a variety of situations, from a broken traffic light to a robbery.

Cover Image Miss Mingo Weathers the Storm
Harper, Jamie.
Sommerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012.

"Field trip! It's early April, and Miss Mingo's class is hiking up to the local observatory to learn about weather. Alligator's mother is along for the day, and a new student, Groundhog, joins Hippo, Panda, Frog, and the others on what they hope will be a "perfect weather" day. But weather can be changeable as the quirky critters from Miss Mingo's room find out all too soon"--P. [2] of cover.

Cover Image Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do
Heling, Kathryn.
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, c2012.

Invites readers to guess different professions based on the uniform and equipment required for each.

Cover Image Dig, Dogs, Dig : A Construction Tail
Horvath, James (Cartoonist)

"Top dog Duke leads a busy work crew to a new construction site. All sorts of dogs have plenty to do before the day is out. These clever dogs will dig, haul, push, plow, and even bring in a crane to build a new park. But what happens when they find something unexpected buried deep in the ground?"--Page [2] of cover.

Cover Image Firefighters! : Speeding! Spraying! Saving!
Hubbell, Patricia.
Tarrytown, N.Y. : M. Cavendish Children, c2007.

Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate firefighters and what they do.

Cover Image Police : Hurrying! Helping! Saving!
Hubbell, Patricia.
Tarrytown, N.Y. : Marshall Cavendish Children, c2008.

Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate police officers and what they do.

Cover Image Teacher! : Sharing, Helping, Caring
Hubbell, Patricia.
New York : Marshall Cavendish Children, 2009.

Illustrations and rhyming text depict a teacher helping students to learn and have fun during a week at school.

Cover Image Sally Goes to the Vet
Huneck, Stephen.
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2004.

Sally the dog goes flying over a tree stump while playing chase in the yard and has to be rushed to the vet's office.

Cover Image Happy Belly, Happy Smile
Isadora, Rachel.
Boston [Mass.] : Harcourt Children's Books, 2009.

Sitting in the kitchen of his grandfather's Chinese restaurant, a young boy enjoys watching the chefs and waiters prepare and serve mouth-watering dishes.

Cover Image The Village Garage
Karas, G. Brian.
New York : Henry Holt, 2010.

Throughout the seasons the workers at the Village Garage are busy taking care of the town and its residents.

Cover Image Scoop! : An Exclusive
Kelly, John, 1964-
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2007.

Newspaper reporter Monty Molenski needs to find a good story to please the editor and to do this he decides to follow his coworkers around after they finish work to see what they are up to.

Cover Image Froggy Goes to the Doctor
London, Jonathan, 1947-
New York : Viking, 2002.

Froggy isn't looking forward to his check-up because he might get a shot but when it's over and he's pronounced a very healthy frog, Dr. Mugwort is the one who dreads Froggy's next visit.

Cover Image Here Comes Firefighter Hippo
London, Jonathan, 1947- author.

Little Hippo has fun pretending that he is a firefighter but must figure out what to do when he finds a real fire.

Cover Image Rhinos Who Rescue
Mammano, Julie.
San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, c2007.

Rhinoceroses fight fires, save people from drowning, and assist on the scene of a multi-car accident. Includes a glossary of firefighting terms.

Cover Image Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping
Markes, Julie.
New York : HarperCollins, 2005.

A young child is encouraged to go to sleep by the thought of everyone else sleeping, from teacher to baker to postman.

Cover Image Emergency!
Mayo, Margaret.
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, 2002.

Rescue vehicles race to help during a variety of emergencies.

Cover Image Traffic Pups
Meadows, Michelle.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2011.

Canine motorcycle police officers zoom through the town pursuing suspects, clearing the road of accidents, and serving as escorts.

Cover Image Bug Patrol
Mortensen, Denise Dowling.
Boston : Clarion Books, 2013.

Captain Bob of the Bug Patrol keeps a watchful eye on bugs everywhere.

Cover Image The Little Bitty Bakery
Muir, Leslie.
New York : Disney/Hyperion Books, c2011.

When an elephant pastry chef works straight through her birthday with no time for birthday cake, some industrious mice make good use of her kitchen and bake a delicious surprise.

Cover Image Building with Dad
Nevius, Carol, 1955-
New York : Marshall Cavendish, 2006.

A father and his young child watch the construction of the new school, from the bulldozing of earth and mixing of the concrete for the foundation to the hanging of the new sign.

Cover Image Because You Are My Teacher
North, Sherry.
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2012.

In illustrations and verse, lists some of the places a teacher would take her students if she had the means, from a hot-air balloon trip over China's Great Wall to an airboat ride in the Everglades to observe alligators.

Cover Image Axle Annie and the Speed Grump
Pulver, Robin.
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2005.

Always impatient and driving too fast, Rush Hotfoot learns the importance of safety from school bus driver Axle Annie and her bus full of kids.

Cover Image My Teacher
Ransome, James.
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2012.

A student wonders why her teacher has chosen to teach in her school for so long, and highlights all the special things her teacher does for her class.

Cover Image Officer Buckle and Gloria
Rathmann, Peggy.
New York : Putnam's, c1995.

The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.

Cover Image All Through My Town
Reidy, Jean.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2013.

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text take the reader on a tour around town.

Cover Image All Aboard to Work--Choo-Choo!
Roth, Carol.
Morton Grove, Ill. Albert Whitman & Co., 2009.

Animal mothers and fathers with various professions take the train to work and return at the end of the day to spend time with their children.

Cover Image Here Comes Darrell
Schubert, Leda.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c2005.

Throughout the seasons in northern Vermont, Darrell helps his neighbors with snowplowing, supplying wood, and excavation work, never finding time to fix his own barn roof, but when a windstorm passes through town, he finds his kindness to his neighbors returned.

Cover Image Wild About Books
Sierra, Judy.
New York : Knopf, 2004.

A librarian named Mavis McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake.

Cover Image Madlenka
Sís, Peter, 1949-
New York : Frances Foster Books, 2000.

Madlenka, whose New York City neighbors include the French baker, the Indian news vendor, the Italian ice-cream man, the South American grocer, and the Chinese shopkeeper, goes around the block to show her friends her loose tooth and finds that it is like taking a trip around the world.

Cover Image Katie Goes to the Doctor
Slegers, Liesbet.
New York : Clavis, c2011.

When Katie doesn't feel well, her mother explains that she has a fever and takes Katie to see the doctor, with her favorite toy in tow--using simple language and vivid illustrations, this soothing tale is an ideal way to prepare children for their first visit to a medical practitioner.

Cover Image Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian
Spanyol, Jessica.
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2004.

When Carlo the giraffe and Crackers the cat visit the new library, they meet Mrs. Chinca, a very friendly and helpful librarian.

Cover Image Peace Week in Miss Fox's Class
Spinelli, Eileen.
Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co., 2009.

For "Peace Week," the animals in Miss Fox's class find ways to be peaceful instead of squabbling with each other.

Cover Image Doctor De Soto
Steig, William, 1907-2003.
New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, c1982.

Dr. De Soto, a mouse dentist, copes with the toothaches of various animals except those with a taste for mice, until the day a fox comes to him in great pain.

Cover Image Millie Waits for the Mail
Steffensmeier, Alexander.
New York : Walker : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck, 2007.

Millie the cow loves to scare the mailman and chase him off the farm, until the mailman comes up with a plan that ends up pleasing everyone.

Cover Image Whose Shoes? : A Shoe for Every Job
Swinburne, Stephen R.
Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, c2010.

Very often, clothes fit the job. The right shoes, for example, can make a job easier or safer. A nurse wouldn't wear construction boots, and a construction worker wouldn't wear ballet slippers. There is the right shoe for every job.

Cover Image Firehouse!
Teague, Mark.
New York : Orchard Books, 2010.

Edward and his cousin Judy come for a visit to the firehouse and learn how everything works, with some unexpected results.

Cover Image If I Were a Firefighter
Troupe, Thomas Kingsley.
Mankato, Minn. : Picture Window Books, c2010.

A young girl imagines that she is a fire fighter and describes the type of work she would do.

Cover Image Mr. Cookie Baker
Wellington, Monica.
New York : Dutton Children's Books, c2006.

After a day of making and selling cookies, Mr. Baker gets to enjoy one himself. Includes four cookie recipes.

Cover Image Night City
Wellington, Monica.
New York : Dutton Children's Books, c1998.

An hour by hour look at some night workers in a city that never sleeps, including fire fighters, a museum night watchman, musicians, and newspaper pressmen.

Cover Image Pizza At Sally's
Wellington, Monica.
New York : Dutton Children's Books, c2006.

With vegetables from her own garden and other fresh ingredients, Sally mixes and bakes hot and bubbly pizzas for her customers to take home or eat in her pizzeria.

Cover Image Felix Feels Better
Wells, Rosemary.
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2001.

Felix feels bad and does not want to eat or play, so his mother takes him to Doctor Duck, who makes everything better.

Cover Image The Firefighters
Whiting, Sue.
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2008.

After dressing up as fire fighters, building a fire truck out of a cardboard box, and extinguishing imaginary fires on the playground, Mrs. Iverson's students are surprised by the arrival of a real fire engine with real fire fighters on board.

Cover Image Harry and the Dinosaurs Say "Raahh!"
Whybrow, Ian.
New York : Random House, 2004.

A young boy takes his toy dinosaurs with him to help calm his fears on his first visit to the dentist.

Cover Image Finnegan and Fox : The Ten-Foot Cop
Wilbur, Helen L., 1948-, author.

When a child goes missing in New York City's Times Square, Finnegan the police horse leads his partner, Fox, to the rescue.

Cover Image Fire Engine Man
Zimmerman, Andrea Griffing.
New York : Henry Holt, 2007.

A young boy imagines the work he will do and the safety gear he will wear when he becomes a fireman some day, as his younger brother first watches then joins him on the job.

Cover Image Trashy Town
Zimmerman, Andrea Griffing.
[New York] : HarperCollinsPublishers, c1999.

Little by little, can by can, Mr. Gillie, the trash man, cleans up his town.

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