Gun Safety Books for Children
Being a Pediatrician, I am always on the look-out for new products related to firearms and children. So, it was with great interest that I recently ordered three new books for children, which pertain to firearms and firearm safety.
The newest of the three is a just-released book by Julie Golob, entitled, Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules. It is available through Amazon. This book, aimed at children as young as 3, is beautifully and brightly illustrated by Nancy Batra. The colorful pages, with large type, are sure to draw and hold the attention of even the youngest lap squirmers. The pages are set up so that children can point out various tools and toys as the parent reads the story. The book provides questions to engage the young listener, and allow the parent to make important safety points along the way.
The book includes a Parent’s Guide in the back, and there is a webpage where parents can download coloring pages from the book, to further engage their little learners. This can be found at kidsgunsafetybook.com
The second children’s book, also available through Amazon, is by Yehuda Remer. It is titled, Safety On, and is aimed at somewhat older children than the age group for the previous book. This book would probably be suitable for 6 to 8 or 9 year olds. But that would depend on the maturity of the particular child. Like the previous book, parents should read it WITH the child, so that the story can encourage ongoing conversations about safety and firearms. This book centers on a boy named Kyle who wants to grow up to be just like his dad, and learn to handle firearms safely, just like his dad. The book does a good job of reinforcing safe gun handling and storage habits. And it presents the information in simple language that children can understand. “Safety On” is also available as a coloring book.
The third book is also by Yehuda Remer. It is called The ABC’s of Guns. Although this is an alphabet book, it really doesn’t seem to be designed for the pre-reader set, who would normally be engaged by an ABC book. The type is large, and the illustrations/photographs are realistic, but the terms that were chosen seem to be a bit advanced. Still, it’s a fun little book, and might be a useful tool for certain liberal journalists who wouldn’t know an Upper receiver (letter U), from a Quad rail (letter Q). I give it an enthusiastic thumbs up.