Book Puppets

by sheilamarie

Book puppets are fun for toddlers and their families. When you combine a story with a built in puppet, you are bound to hear the giggles.

If your little one loves to be read to and would enjoy a little puppet surprise to pop out of the book's pages now and again, then these book puppets are just the thing to enliven your reading time.

On this page, I've also included some children's book classics that come with their very own finger puppets to liven up the story.

Read on to discover some of the many book puppets that are available today!

Book Puppets for Toddlers

Make the Story Wiggle

Toddlers love to be read to, though they like to wiggle while you're doing it!

Many books with built in puppets are available for the toddler crew. If your toddler has a favorite animal or likes to make animal sounds, there are lots of book puppets you can choose from to delight you both. This page will give you some examples of book puppets for the little ones in your life.

Any book in the boxed set below can be purchased individually. There are other animal varieties available as well, if your child has an animal favorite. You can explore more options once you click on the set to enter the amazon page.

Finger Puppet Friends Boxed Set

Little Duck, Little Ladybug, Little Lamb, Little Bee
Finger Puppet Friends boxed set: Little Duck, Little Ladybug, Littl...

Books with Puppets

Extending a Favorite Book

As well as the built-in style of book puppets, many beloved stories have puppets that you can purchase to go with the story. From Dr. Seuss to fairy tales to singing romps, such as Eileen Christelow's Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, you can find book and puppet combinations that will keep little wigglers engaged at story time. These combinations are especially fun for day cares and preschool teachers who want to find a new approach to a well-loved story book.

We all know that children like to read the same books again and again. With the addition of finger puppets, you can take a story to a new level of fun. The children can then use the puppets later when they are retelling the story. This can help develop the skill of sequencing and memory -- both important pre-reading skills.

Preschool Literacy

Kids Learn Through Play

Young children need lots of language exposure in order to take on the task of reading. However, this language exposure happens in a very natural way. Children listen to all the sounds of language in their worlds from their prenatal womb experience and throughout the first few years of life, absorbing sounds that special people make to them while talking face to face.

Books add another layer to this communication and sound exposure. While reading a book, we often use words that we seldom say in our everyday experiences. They may be simple words, such as names of animals or foods we don't find in our kitchens, or they may be more unusual words from the environment beyond our neighborhoods, such as thicket or brambles or mountain peak. 

What if a finger puppet uses an unusual word? The toddler will hear the word from you, holding him or her on your lap. The toddler will also hear the word from that animated voice you use when you make the puppet speak.Maybe he or she will listen especially closely if the word is said with emtion.

Then, if the finger puppets are made available to them, you may hear the children telling the story all over again, acting it out with the finger puppets in their hands. Listen to see if they say any of those unusual words. This is when they are practicing new vocabulary. They are also learning how a story goes together. If they can make sense of a simple story, they may move on to retell longer, more complicated stories, too. Your little ones are on the road to becoming readers, because they are developing a love for stories and they are learning the way a story progresses from beginning to middle to end.  

More Books for Your Family

Children's Books You May Enjoy
The Kissing Hand tells the story of Chester Raccoon whose mother encourages him on the first day of school by placing her special kiss on the palm of his hand.
Children's author/illustrator Eric Carle enters the world of the very young with his paper collage.
Entertain your children and help them prepare for Christmas with one of these finger puppet board books. Christmas story, Santa Claus, Counting Books bring baby's Christmas alive.

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Updated: 09/20/2012, sheilamarie
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sheilamarie on 03/23/2012

Jimmie, no more monkeys jumping on the bed! (I like them, too!)
Kinworm, I like the surprised expression on a little one's face the first time she sees the puppet wiggle.

Jimmie on 12/07/2011

Yes! Finger puppets are wonderful for developing pre-literacy skills in children. Those monkeys are too cute. (I want those!)

Marie on 12/07/2011

My daughter used to love these puppet books when she was a toddler. They're great fun for little ones.

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