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The 10 Best Gingerbread Man Books

The 10 Best Gingerbread Man Books

My absolute favorite thing to do during the month of December is to focus on The Gingerbread Man books I’ve collected over the years. There are SO many gingerbread man books that allow for amazing class discussions and activities. It creates a sense of holiday spirit, without touching on religion.
Below is a list of my favorite Gingerbread Man books to read to my students. Some follow the classic tale, and others have areally fun and unique twists!

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The Gingerbread Baby


The Gingerbread Baby pops out of the oven when Matti opens the door too soon. He runs around being chased by everyone, but the ending has a sweet surprise! This makes for the perfect opportunity to practice making predictions and comparing and contrasting the ending of the tale.
Gingerbread Friends


This is another great book by Jan Brett. This story is fun because the main character is the Gingerbread Man, but the plot is different from what the children are used to. In this story, we follow the Gingerbread Man as he attempts to make friends with other characters like a sugar cookie!
The Gingerbread Girl
It’s a gingerbread cookie made into a girl, with licorice whip hair. Need I say more? This is such a fun alternative to all the boys we read about.

The Gingerbread Boy


Maybe I love this story because I’m a New Yorker, but reading about the Gingerbread Boy running around the city is one of my favorite things! Instead of being chased by cows and a fox, he is being chased by construction workers and people waiting for the subway!

The Library Gingerbread Man

This book is a great way to incorporate some fun social studies lessons. There are no farmers or cows, but Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln do try to catch this cookie!

The Gingerbread Cowboy

This gingerbread tale takes place in the desert, with coyotes and javelinas! It provides for a great lesson on comparing and contrasting story setting.

The Gingerbread Man Loose in School

This is always a fan favorite because the kids can relate to the setting and characters involved. It is also a perfect way to add a gingerbread scavenger hunt to your day.

The Gingerbread Pirates

In this funny tale, the cookies are pirates and decide to stand up to the infamous cookie eating man named Santa!

The Gingerbread Bear 

In this tale, the plot is very similar but the character is a bear and the setting is Woodland National Park.

The Gingerbread Man

And last but not least, everyone needs a traditional Gingerbread Man story in their classroom!
I hope your class enjoys these as much as I do! If you’re looking for some companion worksheets and other fun gingerbread activities, check out my 102 page Gingerbread Man Unit Here
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Hi, I’m Michelle! I’m a teacher, mommy, and curriculum designer from Long Island, NY. I’ve taught both general and special education, with a focus on grades pre-k through first. My passion is hands-on learning, and finding ways to make all things engaging and fun!

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