The Great Yellowstone Fire

By Carole Vogel and Kathryn Goldner
Sierra Club Books, 1990
ISBN: 0316905224
Ages 8-

Full-color photos enhance this overview of the 1998 Yellowstone fire, the evolving science of firefighting, and the impact of weather conditions and topography on fire behavior.

Fire in the Forest: A Cycle of Growth and Renewal

By Laurence Pringle
Atheneum, 1995
ISBN: 068980394X
Ages 8-

This middle-grade book explains how fire is a part of the natural cycles and stages of life, death, and rebirth in the forest.


By Elaine Landau
21st Century, 2002
ISBN: 0761323244
Ages 8-

A discussion of firefighters who parachute from planes, including those from the McCall Smokejumper Base in Idaho, and their intense training and study of fire science.

The Fire that Saved the Forest

By Mike Donahue
Roberts Rinehart, 2002
ISBN: 1570984212
Ages 4-8

Bernie the Bear learns about the dangers and benefits of wildfire in this discussion of fire ecology for younger readers.

National Geographic Readers: Wildfires

By Kathy Furgang
National Geographic Children's Books, 2015
ISBN: 1426321333
Ages 6-8

A colorful book for primary grade readers on the causes, dangers, and importance of wildfires.


By Taylor Morrison
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006
ISBN: 0618509003
Ages 6-

A comprehensive look at the causes and effects of wildfires, the techniques used to control them, the history of wildland firefighting, and the role of fire in forest health. Detailed paintings illustrate the concepts.

The Charcoal Forest: How Fire Helps Animals and Plants

By Beth Peluso
Mountain Press Publishing, 2007
ISBN: 0878425322
Ages 4-8

This book explores the new habitat created by fire and describes twenty plant and animal species of the Northern Rocky Mountains that thrive in the aftermath of wildfire. Fascinating discussion of how nature recovers from devastating events.

Fire: Friend or Foe

By Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Clarion Books, 1998
ISBN: 0395730813
Ages 9-12

With an inviting format and amazing photographs, this book describes scientists' growing knowledge of the power of wildfire. As scientific understanding of naturally occurring fire has progressed, humans have become more skilled at living with, utilizing, and controlling fire.


By Seymour Simon
Harper Collins, revised ed. 2016
ISBN: 0062345060
Ages 7-10

Full-page color photographs and clear text written by a veteran science writer reveal the destructive power of wildfire, as well as its place in renewing the ecosystem. Of particular interest is the focus on the fires that burned in Yellowstone in 1988.