The Gingerbread Man Story is a classic tale read by families throughout the Christmas season.
Over the years, we have made such sweet Christmas memories reading this story together.
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First I snuggle the kids up near the Christmas tree. Then we eat gingerbread cookies while we read.
We own a few different versions of The Gingerbread Man Story.
We also have a few other gingerbread-themed story books for kids.
I’ll include them in this post, but let’s start with the classic story first.
This particular copy was read on repeat in my elementary classroom.
Now, I read it with my own children every Christmas.
I have many special holiday memories connected to this book!
This version of the story is also available in board book form, and would make such a sweet gift for younger children.
Next up is this sweet little vintage version of the story.
I spotted this little picture book at a yard sale, and could not resist.
You knew an interactive book was coming, and here it is!
There are a variety of different stories available in this Listen & Read format.
As your child walks through the pages, they can press a button and have the story read aloud to them.
These are great for car trips, independent bedtime, or cuddle time together!
Compare and Contrast Story Activity
Some might think it’s silly to have more than one version of a story book like this, but I promise I have a good explanation.
Maybe you choose to borrow your storybooks from the library rather than housing a home library – that works, too!
I love reading different versions of these kinds of stories, and then giving my kids the opportunity to compare and contrast the characters, the storyline, the illustrations, etc.
When you do this with different classic stories, you can make a whole activity of it – providing your child/student with a Venn Diagram graphic organizer to use as they compare or contrast.
Or you could simply discuss the similarities and differences you spot as you walk through the tale together.
You decide what works best for you!
For us, as we’re gathered around the tree munching on cookies, a discussion usually works best for us.
More Gingerbread-Themed Books
Now for more gingerbread reading fun!
I can’t possibly fail to Jan Brett’s beautiful Christmas storybooks!
Gingerbread Friends is one of three Gingerbread Books by Jan Brett!
- Gingerbread Baby
- Gingerbread Friends
- Gingerbread Christmas
Her illustrations stand out – you know them when you see them!
So much thought and intention goes into her storybooks, creating fantastic learning opportunities as you walk through the pages of her books.
This is true no matter what age child you’re reading with at the holidays!
While shopping second-hand, I spotted this Jan Brett Gingerbread Puzzle.
It was brand new and came in this cute little carrying case.
I’ve had trouble hunting down a link for you, but I will update this post if I’m able to find it!
In the meantime, maybe you’re younger kids would enjoy this Scratch and Sniff Gingerbread Friends Puzzle.
Psst…here’s a 500-piece Gingerbread House Puzzle for your older kids!
Moral of the story, always be on the lookout for great finds that will add to your holiday fun for a fraction of the new cost.
Another sweet gingerbread picture book we own is Gingerbread Mouse.
I was sad when my older kids outgrew this sweet story, but so happy my younger kids are still able to appreciate it.
It is the cutest little story.
If making Gingerbread Houses is a tradition for your family, this would be the perfect story to pair with that activity.
If you’ve been around here long, you know I’m always thinking this way.
- What book can be paired with the activity we’re doing?
- What snack can be paired with the book we’re reading?
This is just how my mind works, and I hope when you read my posts, you find an idea that your family would enjoy, too.
Special Gingerbread Gift Ideas
- Classic Gingerbread Book and Gingerbread Puzzle
- Gingerbread Story Book and Gingerbread Cookies – They don’t have to be homemade gingerbread cookies! I found little Gingerman Minis at Walmart. Here are some larger Gingerman cookies. Or how about a shortbread option?
- Gingerbread Picture Book and Gingerbread House-Making Kit
- Gingerbread Book and Gingerbread Ornament
Additional Versions of The Gingerbread Man Story
- The Gingerbread Man Padded Storybook
- Little Golden Book – The Gingerbread Man
- The Gingerbread Man (These First Stories books are so sweet! We shared The Nutcracker one here.)
More Gingerbread Books
- How to Catch a Gingerbread Man
- The Gingerbread Pirates
- The Plan for the Gingerbread House: A STEM Engineering Story – At the time of this post, this is one I have not personally read. Hoping to check it out soon!
Gingerbread-Themed STEM Ideas
This Gingerbread Man Cookie Dice Game
and Gingerbread House Construction Zone Activity are part of our Christmas Stem Packet!
This is a $5 automatic download full of STEM activities perfect for the Christmas season!
Draw The Gingerbread Man
Watch The Gingerbread Man Story
More Christmas Book Lists You Might Enjoy
- Christmas Books for Kids
- Our Favorite Christmas Tree Books & Activities
- Little Blue Truck’s Christmas Activities
- Advent Resources for December
- The Nutcracker Story Books for Kids
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