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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.

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: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
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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Who Was Jim Henson?
Written by Joan Holub and Who HQ & illustrated by Nancy Harrison
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Jim Henson broke into television with a five-minute puppetry segment when he was only a freshman in college. He created puppets like none ever seen before, with expressive fabric faces and rod-controlled arms. His Muppets became world-renowned celebrities and formed the backbone of a media empire. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this easy-to-read biography will be published twenty years after Henson’s untimely death.

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Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street)
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Is there a monster at the end of this book? Lovable, furry old Grover believes that there is, and he will try anything to stop you from turning the pages to find him! “The Monster at the End of This Book,” the bestselling Sesame Street book of all time, is an exciting and highly original tale that children will want to read again and again.

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Son of Slappy
Written by R.L. Stine
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Catch the most wanted Goosebumps characters–undead or alive…The evil puppet you hate to love is back for a brand new scare. Jackson Stander is every parent’s dream. He doesn’t get into trouble, he always does his homework, and he never, ever lies. His teachers all trust him completely. He even volunteers at the local Youth Center. But that was all before Jackson came across an evil ventriloquist dummy. Now he must deal with Slappy wreaking havoc on his family and friends. Jackson will soon see that two Slappy’s are not better than one!

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B Is for Books!
Written by & illustrated by Joe Mathieu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Illustrated in full color. Slimey, Oscar the Grouch’s pet worm, plays the “book” worm in this delightful ode to reading. “B is for books. All kindsof books! Books about counting. Books about cooks…”

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  • 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.

  • The Clue of the Dancing Puppet - 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?

  • Revenge of the Living Dummy - It’s a whole new ride from master of horror and bestselling author R.L. Stine–with a story so fiendish that it can’t be contained to just one book! Fright-master R.L. Stine invites you on an all-new, all-terrifying adventure! The thrill ride begins when 12-year-old Britney Crosby encounters an old ventriloquist’s dummy with a lively secret–and a wicked plan. Just when she thinks the nightmare is over, Britney receives an invitation to an amusement park where everything is not as it seems. Who–or what–is summoning ordinary kids to HorrorLand? Britney and her friends must find out fast–or remain trapped forever in the scariest place on Earth.

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

The original series from the Master of Fright – now a major motion film with a sequel premiering October 12, 2018!IT’S A MATCH MADE IN HORROR!When Slappy, the world’s most evil ventriloquist dummy, shows up after being abandoned by his previous owner, things start to go wrong around the house. But this time Slappy may have met his match. There’s another bad doll who loves to make a mess of things. Everyone better watch out for this imperfect couple.

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Pinocchio
Written by Carlo Collodi & illustrated by Quentin Greban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-11

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.

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The Word for Friend
Written & illustrated by Aidan Cassie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

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Library Day
Written by Anne Rockwell & illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“A young boy visits the library for the very first time. While he’s there he listens to stories, reads books and magazines, and learns that there are also movies, crafts, chess, and puppet shows and something for everyone”–Provided by publisher.

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Punch in New York
Written & illustrated by Alice Provensen and Martin Provensen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

After Punch is abducted and taken to New York City, he needs all his ingenuity to save himself

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  • Walt Disney's Pinocchio - Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the classic animated film Disney’s Pinocchio with this Little Golden Board Book! Disney’s Pinocchio Little Golden Book from 1953 is finally available as a board book–just in time for the 80th anniversary of the classic animated film! With sturdy pages and just the right size for little hands, this book is a perfect introduction for young Disney fans ages 0 to 3. The timeless story of Pinocchio inspires a new generation with its masterful animation, award-winning music, and unforgettable characters! With his faithful friend Jiminy Cricket by his side, Pinocchio embarks on fantastic adventures that test his bravery, loyalty, and honesty until he triumphs in his quest for his heart’s desire: to become a real boy.

  • I am Jim Henson - This volume focuses on Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets and Sesame Street.

  • My Name Is Elmo - It’s all about Elmo–as told by the little red Muppet himself–in this charmingly illustrated Sesame Street Little Golden Book. Boys and girls ages 1-4 will delight in hearing all about Elmo’s favorite things–which are the same as every toddler’s!

  • The Monster at the End of This Book: An Interactive Adventure - There’s a Monster at the End of this interactive refresh of the classic Sesame Street storybook! Grover is so scared because there is a Monster at the End of This Book! So Grover will do anything he can to keep you from turning the page. With lift-the-flap and touch-and-feel elements, this interactive refresh of the classic Sesame Street story is sure to be a new story time favorite. Kids will delight in discovering who the monster really is! 2019 National Parenting Product Awards Winner Tom Brannon’s illustrations are based on original artwork by Mike Smollin (c) 2019 Sesame Workshop(R), Sesame Street(R), and associated characters, trademarks, and design elements are owned and licensed by Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved.

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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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Elmo's Big Lift-And-Look Book (Sesame Street)
Written by & illustrated by Joe Mathieu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

The more than 60 flaps inside this book work wonderfully to teach young children all about -

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