As Christmas approaches, I get so excited to read some of my favorite themed read alouds. I am always a huge fan of gingerbread books and gingerbread themes. I think I love them because they usually work no matter if you celebrate Christmas at school or not. I know many schools don’t do Santa and the like, so gingerbread can be a great, festive alternative. These 17 gingerbread books for kids are sure to be a hit this season!
* Pair these with our Gingerbread Centers for an entire month of ready to go gingerbread fun!
17 Fun Gingerbread Books for Kids
The classic story of the gingerbread man who can outrun everyone, except the sly old fox!
The school principal bakes a gingerbread cookie and brings it to school in his lunchbox. When the principal opens his lunchbox, the gingerbread kid winks and jumps off the desk. Where is he off to in such a hurry?
The lonely old woman and the lonely old man decide to bake a girl this time, but when they open the oven, she runs off like her brother did.
This twist on the classic tale involves the chasing down of the gingerbread baby – yes, baby! Matti opens the oven too soon, and off goes the gingerbread baby in the famous chase.
A bestselling classic tale of The Gingerbread Man. I love the catchy phrases that kids love to chant along with and the bright illustrations in this version.
“Giddyup, giddyup as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” This Wild West version of the classic tale is a fun twist, especially when he meets the dreaded coyote (instead of a fox).
It’s Christmas Eve, and Jim and his mother are making pirate gingerbread men to leave for Santa. But late that night, when Jim is fast asleep, Captain Cookie darts away on a daring adventure to find his pirate crew — and rescue them from that mysterious character he’s heard about: a cannibal named Santa Claus. This funny twist is entertaining for sure!
Mouse is snug in her bed when a tree branch falls on her house! Now, she must find another place to live. Where will she go?
Ten gingerbread men love bouncing everywhere. Count down from 10 to 1 and follow along with their adventures. Counting books are always a favorite of mine, and make great read alouds for little ones!
In this fun twist, the gingerbread man is loose in the library! No one can stop him, not even characters from books.
When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. So, he heads out to find them. Will they be reunited?
The gingerbread girl is back with a new batch of friends – the animal crackers! They don’t want to listen to the Gingerbread Girl, but if they don’t, they may all become treats for that trickster fox!
The classic tale of The Gingerbread Man, designed for early readers with large text and engaging illustrations. It’s a great addition to your gingerbread collection of read alouds!
The Gingerbread Baby is back! He pops into a bakery, looking for friends, but none of the treats in there will say a word! As he runs back home, he is chased yet again by a long line of hungry creatures.
In this modern twist on the classic tale, the Gingerbread Boy is on the loose in New York City, and he taunts everyone from construction workers to subway musicians, until his fateful chase through Central Park!
A mom bakes a cookie for her daughter, but the Gingerbread Bear escapes and runs all over the Woodlands National Park! A park ranger, campers, and wildlife friends all come together to try to chase and capture him.
Marshall knows that gingerbread men simply cannot run. They are only for eating! But… when he opens his oven, he finds his gingerbread men gone! To find them, he must solve a series of rhyming clues.
What are your favorite Gingerbread Books for Kids?
More Gingerbread Fun
Looking for fun gingerbread activities to go along with these read alouds? Here are some of our favorites!
Paper Bag Gingerbread House (The Kindergarten Connection)