Citation: Schmidt, K. (1985). The Gingerbread Man. New York: Scholastic, Inc.

Ages: 4 – 8 

Grades: PreSchool – 3rd

Description: This classic nursery rhyme comes to life with the bright illustrations of Karen Schmidt. The storyline and rhyme follow a gingerbread man who, after being freshly baked and jumping out of the oven, out runs everybody, until he crosses paths with a fox. 

Use:  The bright images and familiar refrain of “run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man” make it an ideal book to use in a preschool, toddler, or elementary storytime.  The familiarity of the text will invite students to join in on the refrain. In order to incorporate physical activity into the storytime, librarians and teachers can get students to act out the old rhyme by doing activities such as: running in place and other activities. 

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Tags: nursery rhymes, rhyme