Pre-school children (3 - 6 years old) and their families are invited to see a special edition of Story Pals Storytime. Please be aware that space is limited. Check out a few of the books below to extend your child's experience. I have included both traditional renditions of The Gingerbread Man, as well as, some really fun fractured fairytales .
The Gingerbread Man  Retold by Eric A. Kimmel
In this traditional tale, a freshly baked gingerbread man escapes when he is taken out of the oven and eludes a number of animals until he meets a clever fox.
The Runaway Tortilla  Eric A. Kimmel
In Texas, Tia Lupe and Tio Jose make the best tortillas; so, light that the cowboys say they just might jump right off the griddle. One day, a tortilla does just that. The tortilla runs through the desert pursued by two horned toads, three donkeys, four jackrabbits, five rattlesnakes, and six buckaroos. She is finally outwitted by Senor Coyote in this Lone Star twist on the classic Gingerbread Man tale.
The Library Gingerbread Man  Dotti Enderle
"The exasperating Gingerbread Man, famous for leading a host of townsfolk and animals in a wild chase about the countryside, lives at 398.2 on the library shelves. But the Gingerbread Man is not the type of cookie that stays in one place for very long, and one day he just can't help himself. With a leap and a whoosh, he escapes the librarian's grasp, and the chase for the wily Gingerbread Man is on again!"--Dust jacket
Can't Catch Me  John and Ann Hasset.
In this frosty spoof of the tale of the gingerbread boy, a mother makes her thirsty boy an ice cube for his lemonade. The ice cube escapes from the freezer and runs out the kitchen door. He has big plans;he wants to grow as big as an iceberg so he can bump into boats. "Can't catch me" I'm off to the sea," the ice cube says to the boy, an ant, a mouse, a cat, a goose, a man, and a dog as he leads his pursuers on a merry chase to the sea. In the end, the ice cube finds that just desserts are not always sweet. And a thirsty boy discovers that mothers really do know best.
Gingerbread baby  Jan Brett.
Remember how the Gingerbread Boy is eaten by the fox? Well, not this Gingerbread Baby in a delicious twist to a favorite old tale. It all begins when Matti opens the oven too soon and out jumps a cheeky little Gingerbread Bay. He leads Matti's mother and father, the dog and the cat. And a whole colorful cast of characters on a rollicking chase through the village and into the forest, staying just out of reach, daring them to catch him along the way. But Matti's not with them. He's at home in the borders making what turns out to be a gingerbread house into which the Gingerbread Baby runs. Only Matti knows he is safely inside. And readers will too when they look under the lift-the-flap gingerbread house at the end of the story, and there he is!
The Cajun Cornbread Boy  Dianne de Las Casas
In this flavorful rendition of the classic Gingerbread Man tale, award-winning international storyteller and folksinger Dianne de Las Casas presents a clever story in true Cajun style. Accompanied by Marita Gentry's fresh and fun illustrations, this engaging and beautifully narrated folktale will be an unforgettable and delicious delight to all. Complete with a glossary of Cajun terms and a cornbread recipe, this zesty story will make mouths water as it brings the flavors of the Cajun country to every home.
The Gingerbread Man  retold by Jim Aylesworth
A freshly bake gingerbread man escapes when he is taken out of the oven and eludes a number of pursuers until he meets a clever fox.
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School  Laura Murray
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!
The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck Laura Murray
Guess who gets to go along on a field trip to the firehouse? The Gingerbread Man! But when he falls out of his classmate's pocket, Spot the Dalmatian comes sniffing around. Luckily, this Gingerbread Man is one smart cookie, and he races into the fire truck, up the pole, and all through the station, staying one step ahead of the hungry dog the whole time. Then an emergency call comes in and the Gingerbread Man knows just what to do: "I'll ride to the rescue, as fast as I can. I want to help, too! I'm the Gingerbread Man!" With snappy rhymes and fresh illustrations, the Gingerbread Man makes a sweet return in his second school adventure.
Fun for Families
Dress Your Gingerbread : Bake Them! Dress Them! Eat Them!  Joanna Farrow.
Parents, Have you ever wondered about the history of children's books or the history of gingerbread? If so, drop by the library and we will help you find the answers to your questions.