During the holidays gingerbread houses and men are made in many kitchens with parents and grandparents. A gingerbread theme can also be tons of fun to explore in the classroom. Of course, you’ll also want to read a great book about gingerbread. We have created a list of our favorite gingerbread man books that feature gingerbread characters your kids will love.
FIND EVEN MORE GINGERBREAD THEME ACTIVITIES IN OUR PRINTABLE PRESCHOOL LESSON PLANS.
Favorite Gingerbread Man Books
The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup
The Gingerbread Pirates is a sweet story about Captain Cookie as he tries to save his crew from Santa on Christmas Eve. Little Bit loves this book, the fun illustration and sweet story of one cookie saving his friends is perfect for the holidays.
Catch that Cookie! By Hallie Durand
Catch that Cookie is a fun story about a little boy named Marshall that is very skeptical when his teacher says that gingerbread men can run away. After making gingerbread cookies, the class discovers the gingerbread men ran away and Marshall and his class set off to find them. I love this story and that the magic of a teacher can make any student a believer.
Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth
Gingerbread Man tells the classic story of a runaway gingerbread man. The illustrations give the feeling of a classic fairy tale.
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
Gingerbread Baby is like the story of gingerbread man but with a slight twist. As Gingerbread Baby runs away from animals and people we are able to see, Matti the little boy who made him, working hard to catch him. I love the layout of Jan Brett books and the side story you can see unfold on each page.
Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett
This is another book by Jan Brett that features the Gingerbread Man. In Gingerbread Friends, the Gingerbread Man looks for a friend and again is on the run from hungry animals.
Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Gingerbread Girl knows what happened to the Gingerbread Man and is certain that she will not be caught by the fox. This is a fun story with a twist at the end. In a classroom you could compare this story with the original story of Gingerbread Man. If you like it, you might also enjoy The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers.
Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires
Gingerbread Cowboy tells the story of a cookie made out west and tries to outrun a rancher, his wife and desert animals and a group of hungry cowboys. Will he get tricked by the fox?
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray
The Gingerbread Man is looking for his lost class around the school. As he searches for the class, he meets many different faces around the school. This is a great book to read before the Gingerbread Man visits your school. You’ll also like The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck.
Gingerbread Man Superhero! By Dotti Enderle
Gingerbread Man Superhero tells the tale of a Gingerbread man that believes he is here to save the world, at least the other baked goods. When a Macaroon goes mad at the bakery, Gingerbread Man is just the hero needed to save the day. This book is told in a comic book style and is a fun read for all readers.
The Library Gingerbread Man by Dotti Enderle
The Library Gingerbread Man tells the tale of a Gingerbread Man that jumps from his book and discovers many new characters. As new book characters join the chase, the Gingerbread Man runs on until he runs into the Fox.
The Gingerbread Man by Gail Yerrill
If your kids love the classic tale of The Gingerbread Man, they will love this version with larger font so they can practice reading aloud.
The Gingerbread Man Loose at The Zoo by Laura Murray
In this story of The Gingerbread Man Loose at The Zoo, your kids will learn all about what happens when the gingerbread man finds himself lost at the zoo!
Gingerbread Christmas by Jan Brett
In Gingerbread Christmas, Gingerbread Baby leads readers into a fun adventure of how the Gingerbread Baby and his band find a fun hiding place to avoid being eaten.
The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray
In The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas, this beloved character is loose trying to deliver his gift during some horrible weather.
Tough Cookie: A Christmas Story by Edward Hemingway
What would happen if gingerbread cookies didn’t taste good? In Tough Cookie: A Christmas Story, we follow Cookie as he tries to find a new identity.
The Ninjabread Man by C.J. Leigh
This is a fun spinoff of the classic story of The Gingerbread Man, but in The Ninjabread Man, what would happen if you changed the recipe!
What version of The Gingerbread Man do your kids enjoy the most?
MORE GINGERBREAD FUN WITH PRINTABLE GINGERBREAD THEME LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
The full Gingerbread Theme Lesson Plan Pack also includes:
1) Gingerbread Man Character Puppets (in color and b/w)
2) Gingerbread Color Sorting Mats and Object Cards
3) Gingerbread Man Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Matching Colors (in color and b/w)
4) Gingerbread Man Gingerbread House Measurement and Size Sorting Cards
5) Gingerbread Man Number Cards (in color and b/w)
6) Gingerbread Man Ten-Frame Mats 1-10 (in color and b/w)
7) Gingerbread Man Pattern Prompt Task Cards
8) Gingerbread Man Rhyming Sort
9) Gingerbread Man Ending Sound Matching Puzzles
10) Gingerbread Man Roll and Graph Game
11) Gingerbread Man Water Science Experiment Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
12) Gingerbread Letter Cookie Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
13) Decorate a Gingerbread House Counting Mats for Numbers 1-10 and one blank version in color and b/w
14) Gingerbread Five Senses Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
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More Resources for Little Book Lovers
The best way to encourage a love of reading is to provide kids with many opportunities to engage with a wide variety of books that are of interest to them. That’s why we share so many books lists on Fantastic Fun and Learning. We want to make it easy for you to find great books your kids will love. Over the years we’ve also discovered some helpful tools for connecting kids and books.
Digital libraries are one very handy way to do this. Epic! is one of our favorite online libraries. It’s full of over 25,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and more for kids 12 and under…and it’s free for educators. Click here to learn more and sign up.
Book Boxes are another fun way to get kids excited about reading. What kid doesn’t love to get a special delivery in the mail?! The crew over at Bookroo finds the best little known books that you won’t already have in your library, and they send them to you each month. Take a peak inside a Bookroo Box here.
Book-Based Activities are also a lot of fun for kids. Jodie over at Growing Book by Book has saved us all a ton of time and created a full year of Book-Based Activity Calendars so that you can extend the fun with a special book each week.