Cookie Storytime!

Cookie Stories

Here at Handley Regional Library, we’re getting into the spirit of the holiday.  That means jingle bells, wintry picture books, and visions of sugarplums, cookies, and gingerbread dancing in our heads. We’ll be celebrating the sweet treats of the season with our storytimes at Bowman Library, and at Handley Library with a Gingerbread Jamboree Wednesday at 4:30PM – we hope to see you there!

Here are a few of the stories, poems, and songs about cookies and gingerbread that we’ll be sharing this week, so you can keep singing, playing, and reading with your little one at home.

Books to Share:

Book Jacket for: The gingerbread man

The Gingerbread Man retold by Jim Aylesworth – JE Aylesworth
“A new rendition of a beloved classic. ‘Concisely written text and a jazzy refrain….You may have other versions on your shelves – make lots of room for copies of this one.’ – The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review.”

Book Jacket for: Ginger Bear

Ginger Bear by Mini Grey – JE Grey
Any child who loves cookies will enjoy this inventive tale of Ginger Bear, a cookie in the shape of a bear, who sets out to avoid being eaten. . . .Mini Grey has created a totally original book that is fun to read and fun to look at.

Book Jacket for: The doorbell rang

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins – JE Hutchins
“Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma’s wonderful cookies.”

Book Jacket for: Mmm, cookies!

Mmm, Cookies! by Robert Munsch – JE Munsch
“Christopher cooks up some mischief when he sees some play clay and decides to shape the clay into cookies. He decorates them with sugar, icing and raisins, all made of play clay. His parents are delighted to receive the cookies, until they bite into them! Then Christopher heads off to school where his teacher whips up a tasty surprise just for him.”

This story is also available as a riotously funny performance by the author, free to download from the author’s website:

Book Jacket for: Mr. Cookie Baker

Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington – JE Wellington
“As sweet and satisfying as holiday baking, here is a beautiful update of Monica Wellington’s Mr. Cookie Baker. In this book, youngsters can follow the process of measuring, mixing, baking, decorating, and eating cookies. With six new full-color pages, a handsome new jacket, educational tie-ins, and more recipes, this is the perfect supplement to early math units on sequencing, sorting, measuring, and telling time. The simple, straightforward behind-the-scenes view of a bakery makes it a splendid addition to Monica Wellington’s other nonfiction for the very young, such as Zinnia’s Flower Garden. Yummy in any season!”

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

Gingerbread Man

Run! Run!
As fast as you can
You can’t catch me,
I’m the ginger bread man!

And the old man said, “Come back, come back!”

No, no!
I won’t come back!
I’d rather run
Than be your snack!

Run! Run!
As fast as you can
You can’t catch me,
I’m the ginger bread man!

And the old man said, “Come back, come back!”
And the old woman said, “Come back, come back!”

No, no!
I won’t come back!
I’d rather run
Than be your snack!

Run! Run!
As fast as you can
You can’t catch me,
I’m the ginger bread man!

Continue repeating verses, adding the butcher, the cow, and the sow calling “Come back, come back!”

Five Little Cookies

Five little cookies in the bakery shop
Shining, shining with sugar on top
Along came a boy (insert child’s name) with a penny to spend
He took one…and away he ran.

Continue, counting down one less cookie each time.

Where is my Gingerbread Man?

Oh where, oh where is my gingerbread man?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
He popped out of the oven and ran out the door.
Oh where, oh where can he be?

Acka Backa (bounce child on knees to the rhythm of the poem)

Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
I love you! (hug child)

Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
Up goes you! (lift child in air)

Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
I love you! (hug child)

Pat a cake
Pat a cake, pat a cake,
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as quick as you can
Roll it, and pat it, and mark it with a B,
And put it in the oven for baby and me!

There’s a Cookie On My Plate (Tune of “There’s a hole in my bucket”)

There’s a cookie on my plate, on my plate, on my plate. (Point to flat hand as if it were the plate)
There’s a cookie on my plate, a cookie right here.
I’m ready to eat it, to eat it, to eat it. (Pretend to eat cookie)
I’m ready to eat it, to eat it right now.
That cookie’s so yummy, (Rub tummy)
So yummy, so yummy.
That cookie’s so yummy, it tasted so good.
Now the plate is so empty, so empty, so empty. (Hold hands out and open them)
Now the plate is so empty.
Please, Mom, bake some more!

Who Took the Cookies?
Who took the cookies from the cookie jar?
(He/She) took the cookies from the cookie jar.
Who me?
Yes, you!
Couldn’t be!
Then who?

We hope to see you at one of Bowman Library’s storytimes:
Toddler Storytime – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Storytime – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Storytime – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Storytime – Saturdays @ 11AM

Check the calendar for storytime schedules at the Handley and Clarke County Libraries and for special events throughout the system.

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