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Puppets: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about puppets?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to puppets. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about puppets.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about puppets, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Balloons Over Broadway to popular sellers like Pinocchio.

We hope this list of kids books about puppets can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Balloons Over Broadway
Written & illustrated by Melissa Sweet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Presents a tribute to the creator of the giant balloons that fill the sky during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, tracing the work of artist Tony Sarg, whose innovative “upside-down puppet” creations have become the parade’s trademark.

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Five Little Monkeys
Written by Jenny Copper & illustrated by Carrie Hennon
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Children will love wiggling the cute monkey puppet while enjoying the classic rhyme “Five Little Monkeys.” With cute illustrations throughout, plus plenty of opportunities to sing along, this title makes an ideal choice for parents wanting to encourage the development of fine motor skills in their little ones.

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Itsy Bitsy Spider
Written by Jenny Copper & illustrated by Carrie Hennon
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Children will love wiggling the soft spider puppet while enjoying the classic rhyme “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” With cute illustrations throughout, plus plenty of opportunities to sing along, this title makes an ideal choice for parents wanting to encourage the development of fine motor skills in their little ones.

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Hug Me Little Bunny: Finger Puppet Book
Written & illustrated by Chronicle Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Share your love with this huggable finger puppet book! The sweetly reassuring stories in this brand-new series celebrate all the things a parent’s arms can do for their child, from playing games to sharing a treat and—best of all—showing their love with a hug. Adorable illustrations and two plush finger puppet arms make for a cozy, interactive reading experience for babies and their loved ones.

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Santa's Big Day
Written by Holly Berry-Byrd
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Ho, ho, ho! Join Santa as he prepares for his big day! It's Christmas eve in the North Pole, and Santa's elves are busy making toys to deliver to good little girls and boys. The sled is all packed, and Santa and his reindeer are ready to go! Celebrate the holidays with this delightfully jolly rhyming story featuring a soft, plush finger puppet toy built into the book encouraging interactive play, hand-eye coordination, sensory and language development. Babies and toddlers learn best when they are playing, especially when their grown-ups are in on the fun!

Collect the entire series in the Finger Puppet Collection!

  • Story entertains while teaching language patterns to babies and toddlers
  • Adorable Santa puppet encourages interactive play between little ones and their grown-ups
  • Soft plush and a rhyming story combine to provide both tactile and verbal learning opportunities
  • Practice hand-eye coordination while enjoying together time
  • A perfect Christmas stocking stuffer for kiddos!
Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus book
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The Word for Friend book
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Hug Me Little Bear: Finger Puppet Book book
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  • Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus - The final Origami Yoda case file from the kids at McQuarrie Middle School! After successfully fighting to save their field trip in Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!, Tommy and the gang prepare for a well-earned day of fun and adventure in Washington, DC . . . but of course it won’t be that easy! This trip to the nation’s capital will be full of shifting alliances and betrayals, carsickness and sugar rushes. Trouble starts even before the buses leave school, when Principal Rabbski decrees the field trip an “origami-free zone.” Dwight secretly folds a Yoda from a Fruit Roll-Up, but will Fruitigami Yoda be a match for Harvey’s sour, hate-filled pickle of darkness?

  • Pinocchio - Perhaps the most popular and beloved children’s story of all time, Pinocchio tells the story of a wooden puppet that longs to become a real boy.

  • The Word for Friend - From author/illustrator Aidan Cassie, the creator of Sterling, Best Dog Ever and Little Juniper Makes It Big!, comes The Word for Friend, an adorable and timely picture book story about ways to welcome, friendship, and overcoming language barriers that will connect classmates and cultures alike. Kemala the pangolin is sure she’s going to make friends at her new school in her new country. After all, Kemala loves to talk. The kids at school like talking, too—but their words are all different. This country speaks a language Kemala doesn’t know. At first, no one understands Kemala either. This realization makes her curl into a little ball, like most pangolins do when they’re nervous. But a classmate helps draw her out with an art project that doubles as a vocabulary exchange. Soon, Kemala is learning the most universal language of all: friendship.

  • Hug Me Little Bear: Finger Puppet Book - Share your love with this huggable finger puppet book! The sweetly reassuring stories in this brand-new series celebrate all the things a parent’s arms can do for their child, from playing games to sharing a treat and—best of all—showing their love with a hug. Adorable illustrations and two plush finger puppet arms make for a cozy, interactive reading experience for babies and their loved ones.

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The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett
Written & illustrated by Tom Angleberger
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Now available in paperback, the fourth book in the mega-hit Origami Yoda series! In The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett, Dwight and Origami Yoda return to McQuarrie Middle School—and not a moment too soon. The gang needs their help fighting a new and powerful enemy: the Funtime Menace, a diabolical test-prep service. This bestselling series showcases Tom Angleberger, author of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side, and his keen knack for authentically capturing the intrigues, fads, and dramas of middle school in “satisfying tale[s] of friendship and just resistance to authority” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

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Baby Unicorn: Finger Puppet Book
Written by & illustrated by Victoria Ying
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Meet Baby Unicorn! What does Baby Unicorn find in the enchanted forest? Is she ready to use her healing magic? Follow along as she explores her world and discovers her special powers! The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

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Darth Paper Strikes Back
Written by Tom Angleberger
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The hilarious, clever, and much-anticipated follow-up to the breakout hit, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda! It is a dark time at Ralph McQuarrie Middle School. After suffering several Origami Yoda–related humiliations, Harvey manages to get Dwight suspended from school for being a “troublemaker.” Origami Yoda pleads with Tommy and Kellen to save Dwight by making a new case file—one that will show how Dwight’s presence benefits McQuarrie. With the help of their friends, Tommy and Kellen record cases such as “Origami Yoda and the Pre-eaten Wiener,” “Origami Yoda and the Exploding Pizza Bagels,” and “Origami Yoda and Wonderland: The Musical.” But Harvey and his Darth Paper puppet have a secret plan that could make Dwight’s suspension permanent . . . This is the second case file in the blockbuster bestselling Origami Yoda series, written by Tom Angleberger, author of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side, showcasing his proven knack for authentically capturing the intrigues, fads, and dramas of middle school in “a satisfying tale of friendship and just resistance to authority”

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Baby Piglet: Finger Puppet Book
Written by Chronicle Books & illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Meet Baby Piglet! Where does Baby Piglet live? How does Baby Piglet say hello? Follow along as she experiences her world, from playtime to bedtime. The comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

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Nancy Drew 39: The Clue of the Dancing Puppet
Written by Carolyn Keene
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When the eerie performances of a life-size puppet begin to haunt the old Van Pelt estate, where an amateur acting group – The Footlighters – have their theater, Nancy Drew is called upon to unravel the baffling mystery. From the moment the detective and her friends Bess and George arrive at the mansion, the dancing puppet puzzle is further complicated by Tammi Whitlock, the Footlighters’ temperamental leading lady, and Emmet Calhoun, a Shakespearean actor. Nancy’s search of the mansion’s dark, musty attic for clues to the weird mystery starts a frightening chain reaction. A phone call from a stranger with a witchlike, cackling voice warns her to “Get out!” Next an encounter with two jewel theft suspects adds another perplexing angle to the puzzle. When Nancy finally sees the life-size puppet flitting across the moonlit lawn and chases it, she learns that someone with a sinister motive is determined to keep her form solving the case. Is it one of the Footlighters? Or is it an outsider?

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda book
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Fuddles and Puddles book
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Little Sea Turtle: Finger Puppet Book: (Finger Puppet Book for Toddlers and Babies, Baby Books for First Year, Animal Finger Puppets) (Little Finger Puppet Board Books) book
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Baby Penguin: Finger Puppet Book book
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  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, Tommy assembles this first case file in the blockbuster bestselling Origami Yoda series, written by Tom Angleberger, author of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side, and hailed by School Library Journal as “honest, funny, and immensely entertaining.”

  • Fuddles and Puddles - The perfectly pampered world of Fuddles comes screeching to a halt when Puddles, a new puppy, joins the family, and Fuddles schemes of ways to get rid of him and return to his charmed life.

  • Little Sea Turtle: Finger Puppet Book: (Finger Puppet Book for Toddlers and Babies, Baby Books for First Year, Animal Finger Puppets) (Little Finger Puppet Board Books) - A new title in the bestselling finger puppet series! Tiny tots will enjoy swimming with newly hatched baby sea turtles in Little Sea Turtle. This simple, comforting story features a permanently attached plush finger puppet and peek-a-boo holes in every page, giving parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read together.

  • Baby Penguin: Finger Puppet Book - Meet Baby Penguin! How does Baby Penguin stay cozy and warm? Where does Baby Penguin play? Follow along as she experiences her world, from playtime to bedtime. The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

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Baby Dragon: Finger Puppet Book
Written by & illustrated by Victoria Ying
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Meet Baby Dragon! Where does Baby Dragon live? Is he finally ready to fly? Follow along as he explores his world and discovers his special powers! The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

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Night of the Living Dummy II
Written by R.L. Stine
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Requesting a new dummy when her old one loses its head, young ventriloquist Amy receives Slappy, a strange, used dummy that moves of its own accord and disrupts things with the intent of making Amy’s life miserable. Original.

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Baby Duck: Finger Puppet Book
Written by & illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

How does Baby Duck dry off after a swim? Follow along with this cute baby animal as it experiences its world, from playtime to bedtime. The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

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Baby Orca: Finger Puppet Book
Written by Chronicle Books & illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Meet Baby Orca! Where does Baby Orca swim? How does Baby Orca like to play? Follow along as he experiences his world, from playtime to bedtime. The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

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The Great Easter Race!
Written & illustrated by Sesame Workshop
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Race along with the Sesame Street gang on Easter morning!A new entry in Sourcebooks’ Sesame Scribbles series, which continues to show strong salesEye-catching design, lively rhymed text, and lovable characters make for a memorable reading experience to share between parents and childrenSesame Street continues to be one of the most familiar and best-loved brands around the worldIt’s a bright Easter morning, and all of Sesame Street is gathered at the park for the Great Easter Race. Who will win the day? Will it be the turtle, who moves slowly and steadily toward the finish? Or will it be the bunny, who runs faster than thunder, but seems easily distracted? What could be more important for the bunny than the race on Easter? Fun surprises wait around every turn, so come along with Elmo and all the Sesame Street friends!

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