Every year I get really excited about baking and decorating Christmas cookies! My love of Christmas cookies has extended into cookie crafts and now, cookie stories:) Not all of these books are Christmas themed, so you can read about cookies all year long! Check your library for these ten books.
1. How to Catch a Gingerbread Man by Adam Wallace–
In this storybook-themed adventure in the “How to Catch” series, author, Adam Wallace, brings us a rhyming story of the Gingerbread Man. One day during story time, the Gingerbread Man leaps off the page of his book and takes off through the book store. The kids make a whole bunch of traps to catch him, but the Gingerbread Man’s storybook friends come to his rescue! The Gingerbread Man escapes all of the traps, but notices that the kids are sad that they can’t finish the book. The cookie leaps back onto the page so that everyone can finish the story. Grown-ups will enjoy seeing their childhood book friends come to the Gingerbread Man’s aid.
2. Tough Cookie: a Christmas Story by Edward Hemingway–
This book is so funny! Get ready to laugh your way through this updated gingerbread man story, featuring a tough cookie. Cookie claims to be a delicious sugar cookie, but he isn’t sweet and cookie isn’t fast. Cookie taunts Fox, who immediately catches Cookie. Fox tries to take a bite, but hurts his tooth! What a tough cookie! An unlikely friendship forms between the two and Fox sets out to help Cookie be his best cookie-self in this hilarious picture book.
3. The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett–
I absolutely love Jan Brett’s books! Her illustrations are fantastic and the gingerbread baby is so cute. In this twist on the classic folktale, a family makes a gingerbread baby who jumps out of the oven and runs through town. One after another, the people and the animals give chase. The boy, however, has a plan. He bakes a gingerbread house and the cookie, looking for a place to hide from everyone, runs inside. Now the gingerbread baby lives safely inside his gingerbread house.
4. One Smart Cookie by Jory John–
In this non-holiday cookie picture book, an adorable cookie recalls its struggles in school and just not feeling smart. Sometimes we all get distracted, mixed up, and frustrated, even cookies! One day, Cookie gets a school assignment to create something. It could be anything! What should Cookie make? Finally, inspiration strikes and Cookie writes a poem. The class takes turns showing what they created. Each one has a different talent. It is Cookie’s turn to share. All of the other foods love the completely original, Cookie-created poem! Cookie realizes that everyone is good at different things, and just because you aren’t good at something, doesn’t mean that you aren’t a smart cookie.
5. The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray–
Lisa Murray’s Gingerbread Man has a whole series of adventures! In this rhyming Christmas book, the Gingerbread Man learns about the spirit of giving. The kids make cards, sing songs, and bake treats for their community. The Gingerbread Man knows just who he wants to make a card for and he sets out with his class to give their gifts. The Gingerbread Man gets separated from his class and his little cookie legs get hurt in the snow. He doesn’t give up and he hobbles up to the shop with his card to give out. Read this book to find out who the Gingerbread Man’s special card is for!
6. The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup–
Cookies and pirates together in one sweet Christmas story! A boy and his mom make gingerbread pirate cookies for Santa. The boy’s favorite is Captain Cookie and he takes the captain to his room. After the boy falls asleep, Captain Cookie goes in search of his cookie crew, who he needs to save from being eaten by Santa! Along the way, the cookie discovers Christmas wonders and finally meets Santa himself. Captain Cookie challenges Santa in a daring attempt to save crew. Santa promises not to eat the gingerbread pirates before delivering a bit of his Christmas magic to the cookies. Pirate-obsessed and imaginative kids will enjoy this book and its magical ending!
7. Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? by Bonnie Lass–
This book is the southwest version of the famous song. The pictures are awesome and preschoolers will love the sing-songy story. Turns out it was sneaky ants who took the cookies! But don’t worry, every gets a cookie at the end. I’ve read this to the library preschool storytime group many times and they have always enjoyed it. It’s fun to play the Who Stole Cookie game after reading this. My three-year old really liked this book and since it was just the two of us, we set up some stuffed animals to be players in the game with us.
8. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems–
My son loves this series by Mo Willems! The pigeon is in desperate need of some manners and the little duckling is just the one to show the pigeon how to ask nicely for something. The pigeon can’t believe that duckling got a cookie just by asking nicely and saying please. Come along on the pigeon’s hilarious journey to learn to say please and thank you.
9. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff —
This book is a fun read! A boy gives a mouse a cookie, which leads to mouse asking for a glass of milk. After the milk, mouse wants to check his reflection in a mirror to see if he has a milk mustache. On and on it goes until mouse is thirsty again and wants another glass of milk, which makes it think of a cookie! This is a humorous story and helps preschoolers understand sequencing.
10. Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson —
This is one of my son’s favorite books. I think we both have it memorized now! This is a super cute book about what foods farm animals like to eat. They are all very predictable except for the cow, who loves cookies! Preschoolers will love the rhyming, the repetition, and the fun sounds. Read this to find out why cow loves cookies so much. Karma Wilson is a very popular author, so your local library will probably have this book
Visit your library and checkout these cookie stories and other great cookie-themed picture books! I’ve joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. So if you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy reading 🙂
More Cookie Fun
Find the Differences: My son loves “find the differences” activities and he asked if he could design one. He made this cute gingerbread themed Find the Differences (free downloadable PDF) worksheet. Can you find all 5 differences?
Cookie Cutter Craft: We turned some of our cookie cutters into stencils and made paper Christmas cookies!
Mosaic Gingerbread Man Craft: make a cute gingerbread man out of construction paper.