Children's Bush Fire Collection

Vicky Kenna reading to the children at Dalaigur Pre-School, Kempsey

The NSW RFS Library has a collection of Australian children's literature, including juvenile fiction and picture books, that focus on bushfires for younger readers.

Members, schools and interested groups are welcome to borrow books from this select collection of children's literature to assist in engaging children in thinking about bushfires.

To borrow any of the books listed below, please contact the NSW RFS Library. Loan periods are for four weeks.


 Lesley Smith reading to children at NSW RFS HQ.The NSW RFS Library would be grateful for donations of similar themed children's literature or copies of titles listed below, either new or used copies in good condition, to enhance the Children's Bush Fire collection.

Photo (top) Vicky Kenna reading to the children at Dalaigur Pre-School, Kempsey. 

Photo (middle) Lesley Smith reading to children at NSW RFS HQ.

Photo (bottom) Elizabeth Estbergs reading to children from Bungendore.


NSW RFS Member, Elizabeth Estbergs, reading to children from Bungendore


"We used Bertie and the Great Jellyland Bushfire yesterday with a group of about 150 kids between 0 and 8 most really like the story and when we got to the activity we had them make a paper plane (we used yellow paper to match Bertie) they got into the swing and had a great time." 

District Officer Graham Brown, Liverpool Range Zone, September 2015.

"We have a collaborative infants’ class of Kindergarten, Year 1 and 2. We began the session with a discussion predicting the possible content of the text. The children were very insightful and accurate in their predictions. We then read the narrative, pausing to talk about the feelings of the characters in response to the changing environment. The illustrations were excellent in generating discussions between peers and as a whole class. During the session, we focused on the safety aspect, asking the children to share what they would do in particular bushfire scenarios. They were then asked to design posters about bushfire safety. The results were beautiful, with phrases and drawings around, "Call 000", "Get down low and go, go, go!”, "Stop, drop and roll", etc. One grandmother remarked to us that she was very impressed her grandson knew so much about bushfire safety! The text was very relevant as on that day, there was haze in the air from bushfires in the area.”

Sally Hagley, Teacher, St Joseph's Primary School, Merriwa, April 2016. 

Activity Sheets 

Activity sheets have been compiled by the NSW RFS Librarian and the Community Engagement Group to be used to accompany several of the books from the collection. Please click on the link to download the required activity sheet. 

Pookie the Kangaroo Braves the Bushfire Activity Sheet

Billabong Bill's Bushfire Christmas Activity Sheet

Captain Kangaroo Saves the Day Activity Sheet

Bertie and the Great Jellyland Bushfire 

Smokey's home 

Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle Activity Sheet

Myro and the bushfire



Where there's smoke

List of Books


Contact us

Our librarian is Katie Vandine.

We are located on the ground floor of the NSW RFS Head Office at 15 Carter Street, Lidcombe NSW 2141.

You can contact us via phone on 02 8741 5455 or via email at

Our postal address is Locked Bag 17, Granville NSW 2142. This address can be used for returning books.

Search the Bush Fire Bulletin online

Search the Bush Fire Bulletin in Trove by using the search box in the image above and clicking Go. More information on searching can be located on the Bush Fire Bulletin website or contacting your library.

NSW RFS training manuals

Use the search box below to locate hardcopy editions of NSW RFS training manuals and workbooks that are available for loan from your Library. Manuals and workbooks are available for a month’s loan.

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