7 Children's Books About Gingerbread

Updated Jan. 17, 2019
The Gingerbread Pirates book
#1
The Gingerbread Pirates
Written by Kristin Kladstrup and illustrated by Matt Tavares
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What if a brave Captain Cookie stood up to Santa? A fresh, funny story that sparkles with all the excitement of a pirate adventure — and all the magic of Christmas morning. (Ages 4-10) A funny and magical Christmas story about a gingerbread pirate, Captain Cookie, and his daring adventure on Christmas eve to rescue his crew from a mysterious cannibal named Santa Claus…

Kick! Jump! Chop! book
#2
Kick! Jump! Chop!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In a tale reminiscent of The Gingerbread Man, Sensei bakes a Ninjabread Man to spice up the sparring in his dojo, and the new cookie is undefeated until a fox appears.

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School book
#3
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School
Written by Laura Murray and illustrated by Mike Lowery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he’s a smart cookie and heads out to find them. He’ll run, slide, skip, and (after a mishap with a soccer ball) limp as fast as he can because: “I can catch them! I’m their Gingerbread Man!” With help from the gym teacher, the nurse, the art teacher and even the principal, the Gingerbread Man does find his class, and he’s assured they’ll never leave him behind again. Teachers often use the Gingerbread Man story to introduce new students to the geography and staff of schools, and this fresh, funny twist on the original can be used all year long. Includes a poster with fun activities!

A Gingerbread Christmas book
#4
A Gingerbread Christmas
Written by Courtney Acampora and illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A sweet holiday treat! Get ready for the holidays by joining mama and baby bear as they bake gingerbread men! A Gingerbread Christmas is a small and sweet board book that can be used as a gift tag or Christmas ornament. With adorable illustrations, simple rhyming text, and fun die cuts, this mini-book is sure to become a holiday favorite.

Santa Street Chunky Set book
#5
Santa Street Chunky Set
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Santa Street is a set of three festive mini-books that lets kids create a mini North Pole on their bookshelf! Children will love to open each book to explore inside the miniature houses. They can visit the ice-skating penguins in Snowflake House; join the elves making toys in Santa's Workshop; and find some tasty holiday treats in Gingerbread House. With bright illustrations and magical surprises to find, Santa Street is sure to make an attractive, festive addition to any child's stocking.

Tough Cookie book
#6
Tough Cookie
Written and illustrated by Edward Hemingway
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this twist on The Gingerbread Boy, Cookie teams up with Fox to try to become sweeter and faster, before learning that there is a reason he is different. Includes recipes for Christmas cookies and Christmas ornaments.

The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo book
#7
The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo
Written by Laura Murray and illustrated by Mike Lowery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Is there anything more fun than a class trip to the zoo? The Gingerbread Man and his classmates don’t think so, and they get to solve riddles on a WILD scavenger hunt. They meet giraffes, monkeys, and even a fox (especially scary for a Gingerbread Man!). But a zoo full of critters is a tricky place for a tasty cookie—even a very fast one—and the Gingerbread Man ends up separated from his friends. He needs to solve all of the riddles to catch up with his class and help someone else who is lost. I’ll be a detective. I know that I can! I’ll solve all these clues. I’m the Gingerbread Man! Animals galore and a trail of clues make the Gingerbread Man’s latest adventure his wildest one yet.

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