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There is just something about gingerbread that screams Christmas to me. I like to incorporate it into our holiday celebrations anyway I can – gingerbread crafts, gingerbread treats, and of course reading the best gingerbread books.
I like to choose one day in December to declare Gingerbread Day. We bake and decorate homemade gingerbread cookies, play with gingerbread scented play dough, and make gingerbread decorations.
I wrote a post over on Preschool Powol Packets with 3 easy gingerbread crafts that pair fantastically with just about any gingerbread book.
Best Gingerbread Books
This is the best gingerbread book for children who love musical instruments. Matti and the gingerbread baby create a band made completely out of gingerbread.
The town people love the musical performance . . . until they notice that the band is made out of delicious treats. Will the gingerbread band escape uneaten?
Recreate the story by making your own gingerbread band with musical instrument cookie cutters.
In typical Jan Brett style, the illustrated book borders are gorgeous.
Jim and his mother baked up a batch of gingerbread pirates on Christmas Eve. The cookie pirate captain comes to life over night and goes off in search for his pirate crew and ship.
The cookies encounter Santa Claus who helps explain the traditions of Christmas.
This gingerbread book is a cute choice for any time of the year.
The Gingerbread Girl is the sequel to the classic Gingerbread Boy. The gingerbread girl is his younger sister.
She heard what happened to her brother and is determined that things will be different for her. Will she be able to outsmart the fox?
Matti’s gingerbread baby is lonely. Matti is his only friend, so when Matti is busy there is no one to play with. He goes to town in search of cookie friends.
He searches and searches, but has a hard time finding cookies that are also alive.
The border illustrations show how to bake gingerbread cookies. Follow the pictures for the complete recipe.
This adorable picture book has cute rhyming text, making it perfect for a Christmas poetry tea time. The Gingerbread Man and his classmates make gifts for their local community helpers.
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