This week we show Jane Porter making Tiny Penguins finger puppets! Jane is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator. She has her own YouTube channel in which she talks about books and creative things in general.

To celebrate the publication of my new picture book, Tiny Penguins and the New Baby (Simon & Schuster), I've created a set of tiny penguin finger puppets for you to make and play with. You'll need to download and print the A4 sheet from my website – then get ready with scissors and glue to watch the video to find out how to assemble your teeny new friends. The book is available in all good book retailers – do support an independent if you can! You can also order here.

During lockdown I started a family creative challenge on Zoom – and at the suggestion of Viviane Schwarz, I made it into a video to record the experience. I found out that I loved making videos, and really enjoyed the editing process in particular, so I started a YouTube channel to share what I had made. This led to a series of video interviews with fellow picture book makers about their process – I've been a bit too busy to make any new ones since the summer, but I do have lots more planned. I've also made some about my own process, and others for use in schools. I like taking a peep at the analytics now and then and seeing that people are still watching the videos, and I hope finding them inspiring. If you like watching, do leave me a comment under the video to let me know!

Below is the How to make your Tiny Penguins video. 

Jane Porter takes us through how to make Tiny Penguin puppets

For more videos, go to Jane Porter's YouTube Channel.


Jane Porter is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator. She also teaches illustration and comics at Putney School of Art, including the brand new 10-week Picture Book Boot Camp course. In her spare time she likes playing the fiddle and volunteering in river conservation.

Twitter: @TheJanePorter

Instagram: @janeporterillustrator

* Header picture by Jane Porter


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