I have always loved this sweet exchange between Kermit the Frog and a little girl, on the PBS show Sesame Street.
Most children are fascinated by puppets:
"What's that thing on Daddy's hand?""It's talking to me!""I can talk to it!"
Children also enjoy the chance to "be the puppet" which gives them the wonderful opportunity to practice their storytelling skills, use their imagination, and learn more about the fine art of conversation.
The library has an assortment of hand puppets available for creative play while you are in the Children's area.
Puppets can be purchased at many toy and department stores as well as online. They can also be found locally at teacher supply stores. If you feel crafty you can also make your own puppets from a variety of materials. Here is a post I wrote several years ago on how to easily convert a stuffed animal to a puppet.
The Children's collection includes these titles which might get your creative juices going!:
The Muppets Make Puppets by Cheryl Henson
Make Your Own Puppets by Anna-Marie D'Cruz
Donna Wilson's Creative Creatures by Donna Wilson
Ashley Bryan's Puppets: Making Something From Everything by Ashley Bryan
A search on YouTube will produce an abundance of tutorials for making puppets out of socks, construction paper, foam, paper plates, wooden and plastic spoons, bottles, paper tubes, egg cartons, paper cups, and more!
For more on the benefits of puppet play, here is a short article from playandgrow.com.