Three Recommended Books for the Librarian Puppeteer

Looking for something new to add to your puppetry resources? Here’s some titles you might want to consider:

Puppet Mania by John Kennedy. 2004, North Light Books. Recommended for beginner and intermediate puppeteers by a former Muppeteer. Good coverage of hand puppets and puppet construction.

10-Minute Puppets by Noel MacMeal. 2010, Workman Publishing. Easy to make puppets, last-minute puppets, and puppets for library craft time! By a former Sesame Street puppeteer.

 Dressing the Naked Hand: The World’s Greatest Guide to Making, Staging, and Performing with Puppets by Amy White, Mark H. Pulham and Dallin Blankenship. 2015, Familius Press. Brand new, just published in July of this year. By two children’s librarians and a retired teacher and puppetmaster, this book is geared to making puppetry doable and fun, with step-by-step instruction and color photographs.


About wvstoryteller

Storyteller and retired librarian with over 10 years experience in children's programming and 15 years experience as professional storyteller. Created a successful puppetry troupe for teens that continues today, and wrote many scripts for the group.
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3 Responses to Three Recommended Books for the Librarian Puppeteer

  1. Owen Wills says:

    Puppet Mania is an amazing book! It helped me get out of the mindset of thinking a puppet must fit some specific criteria. Nope! Puppets can be made out of almost anything!

    • When we realize that everything can be a puppet (even us!) it opens our eyes to a new way of seeing things, doesn’t it?

      • Owen Wills says:

        Indeed! I think of it as improv.

        Speaking of us being puppets, have you heard of echoborgs? An echoborg is basically an actor with someone else feeding them their lines through an earpiece (or some other sci fi marvel.) I find the concept fascinating!

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