Ah, potty training. For many parents, it can be a tricky time helping their kids get to trust the potty. These picture books about potty training may come in handy if you’re in that camp. It’s true: many of them are pretty silly because how many stories could you possibly create about the humble potty? Still, many parents find these helpful for helping to normalize the potty and help kids go with little fuss.
Best Picture Books About Potty Training
Here are 40 of the best picture books about potty training:
Let’s Go to the Potty!
Published: September 21, 2021
Provide your toddler the gentle support and encouragement they need during potty training. Let’s Go to the Potty is an engaging, story-driven guide for toddlers who are ready to break free of the diaper. Playful pictures give toddlers visual clues as to what their progress will look like, and a short, rhyming potty song teaches toddlers to communicate their needs.
Let’s Go to the Potty includes:
- Age-appropriate content―Get toddlers interested in potty training with easy-to-understand, child-friendly language and images.
- On-the-job potty training―Your little one can enjoy this book while on the potty, helping them develop positive feelings about the potty and reinforce their learning.
- Support for all toddlers―An inclusive, gender-neutral approach makes it easy for any toddler to see themselves in the story.
Watch diapers fall by the wayside thanks to this engaging potty training book for toddlers.
Kate The Kitty Goes Potty
Published: April 7, 2021
Teach your toddler to go potty with early-learning step-by-step potty training for kids ages 1 to 4.
Playtime is at stake when Kate the kitty is interupted by strange tummy sensations. Will she reach the potty in time? This brightly illustrated rhyming picture book will teach your kid to go potty in a gentle and encouraging way. It uses age-appropriate language and covers all the steps from the sensations they get in their tummies to proper hand hygiene.
Written by a child care professional, this book has been approved by teachers, moms and grandparents alike. ✓ Bonus: Free coloring pages and potty chart with original illustrations downloadable from the publisher’s website.
- Winner of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards Red Ribbon 2021.
- Award Nominated best children’s picture book. TCK Reader’s Choice 2022.
- Amazon best-selling potty training book 2021 and 2022.
We Poop on the Potty!
Published: April 15, 2020
The perfect book to make parents and kids laugh during potty training! Who poops? Everyone poops! Where do we poop? On the potty!
- Sly, funny illustrations teach kids how every creature, big and small, poops—even grown-ups!
- Kids learn about how pets, animals in the wild, and animals underwater, poop.
- Whimsical illustrations raise the question of how unicorns, dragons, and aliens poop, too!
- Each page emphasizes that wherever animals may poop, humans poop on the potty.
- Large board book.
Patty Panda Gets A Potty!
Published: April 13, 2021
Ding dong! A package has arrived, and it is for Patty Panda. Opening the package reveals a new toilet, for Patty’s new challenge: potty training!
Patty works hard, but it does not happen right away. She must avoid falling into her potty and making a huge mess. Determined to become a big girl, Patty persists and masters the potty with practice.
Patty Panda Gets a Potty: A rhyming story in Chinese and English about a mixed girl who experiences potty training emotions for the first time. This book is a perfect addition to the multilingual bookshelf celebrating a childhood milestone that transcends cultures. With colorful illustrations and traditional Chinese characters accompanied by zhuyin and pinyin, readers are sure to appreciate this funny coming-of-age story.
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Published: September 1, 2020
An elephant makes a big poop. A mouse makes a tiny poop. Everyone eats, so of course: everyone poops!
Taro Gomi’s classic, go-to picture book for straight-talk on all things “number 2” is back, as fresh and funny as ever.
• Both a matter-of-fact, educational guide and a hilarious romp through poop territory
• Filled with timeless OMG moments for both kids and adults
• Colorful and content-rich picture book
The concept of going to the bathroom is made concrete through this illustrated narrative that is both verbally and visually engaging.
Everyone Poops is just right for potty-training, gift-giving, and everyday reading with smart, curious readers.
• Resonates year-round as a go-to new baby gift for baby showers, birthdays, and more
• Perfect for children ages 0 to 3 years old
• Equal parts educational and entertaining, this makes a great gift for parents and grandparents who are potty-training their toddler.
• Add it to the shelf with books like P is for Potty! (Sesame Street) by Naomi Kleinberg, Potty by Leslie Patricelli, The Potty Train by David Hochman and Ruth Kennison.
How Do You Know You Need To Go?
Published: August 8, 2020
Is your Little One new to potty training and just learning to recognize the signs that they have to go?
How do you know you need to go? is a very simple book that helps little ones realize that their body is giving them clues they need to go potty.
“How do you know you need to go?” helps new potty trainers, or children who struggle with constipation, withholding, or potty accidents, recognize the signs that they need to go to the potty.
When a child withholds instead of using the bathroom when they need to go, it can lead to embarrassing potty accidents, UTIs, constipation, and a loss of sensation of having to go.
Colorful illustrations of cute, diverse children will help your child realize that everyone has to go, including them!
- Perfect for potty training to help your child recognize when they have to go.
- Helpful for children who withhold their pee or poop, are struggling with constipation, or potty accidents.
- A fun way to help your child realize the signs they have to go potty.
Time To Pee!
Published: March 10, 2020
Toilet training has never been such an adventure as when it is introduced by popular cartoonist Mo Willems. With his signature humor, the author gently leads children through each step in the process that will finally bring them to their emancipation from diapers. Featuring a crew of funny mice holding up signs with the text, children will be amused and inspired by this hilarious new picture book.
Published: September 7, 2020
Read along as Pottysaurus, the cutest little dinosaur ever, realizes that when you’re learning to use the potty, it’s okay to make mistakes. Follow along with your kids as Pottysaurus learns how to use the toilet and practices good hygiene washing his hands.
- Soft padded baby board book
- Includes a “This book belongs to” bookplate for personalization
- Early learning title about potty training
- Fun, vibrant illustrations featuring a charming dinosaur learning to use the toilet and go potty
- A board book that’s a great addition to a child’s bookshelf
This charmingly illustrated padded board book has a soft cover making it easy for little hands to hold. These sweet children’s books are perfect to give as gifts for a new baby and other special occasions such as, birthday gifts, baby shower wishing well gifts or for holidays such as Christmas, Easter or Valentine’s Day.
Whether you’re looking for well-known tales, tender or funny animal stories, or educational books for toddlers, Little Hippo® padded board books will become bedtime, or anytime, reading favorites!
- Padded Board Book
- 24 Pages
- 6.25 inches x 8.25 inches
- Ages 1 to 5
Potty Patrol (PAW Patrol)
Published: January 7, 2020
Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol is here to help toddlers say, “Bye-bye, diapers!” Filled with encouragement from Marshall, Skye, and the rest of the amazing team, this sturdy board book will guide boys and girls ages 1 to 3–and their parents!–through the adventures of potty training.
Unicorn Potty – Learn To Potty With Unicorn
Published: November 10, 2020
Learning to use the potty is lots of fun! Let this unicorn queen show your little one how it’s done! With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and bright and colorful illustrations, this book is sure to make potty training joyful and magical!
Relatable main character teaches children how to overcome the challenges of potty trainingCelebrates children’s transition from wearing diapers to using the pottyPlayful rhymes on each page enliven and make bathroom routines feel magicalChunky pages fit comfortably in little hands
Everybody Potties – An I Can Do It
Published: May 26, 2017
Learning to use the potty is something to celebrate! Introduce potty training to your little one and read along as the little animal friends learn about going to the bathroom. From discovering everyone who uses the potty to toddlers learning when to pull down their own pants in the bathroom and even when to flush and wash their hands, this adorably shaped board book is perfect for little ones who are ready to try using the potty. The story encourages little boys and girls to try something new and to keep practicing, turning any fears into cheers!
- Encourages curiosity and independence, while inspiring interest in toilet training
- Sweet rhymes throughout this potty training book help kids recognize and develop language patterns
- Sturdy board pages for little toddler hands to read over and over again
- A perfect resource for a little boy or girl learning to use the potty
- Add to the family collection of potty training books with more from Cottage Door Press!
Published: November 15, 2011
There comes a point in a toddler’s life when going in one’s diaper is only one possible option, and the question must be raised: Should I go in my potty? With pitch-perfect humor and pacing, Leslie Patricelli follows the inner dialogue (sure to have little ones shouting responses) and hilarious actions of everyone’s favorite Baby, winding up with an over-the-top look of surprise and delight that will have both parents and offspring laughing out loud. “I did it!”
Big Girl Panties
Published: January 1, 2012
Big Girl Panties! features a light, positive approach to motivate toddlers to become toilet trained. What could be more rewarding for a little girl than wearing big girl panties, just like mommy? Adult caregivers and toddlers alike will love the snappy, rhyming text and colorful, hip illustrations. Valeria Petrone’s stylized artwork ensures that this commercial yet heartwarming book will have a special place on little girls’ favorite bookshelves. Soon they’ll all be saying, “Bye, bye diapers!”
A Potty For Me!
Published: January 1, 2005
Mommy got me a brand new potty!
But I’m not ready yet!
I want to run and play.
Uh-oh, I peed in my pants.
But Mommy says, “That’s okay!”
Children will love following along and lifting the flaps to see the child play, sit on the potty, eat, sit on the potty, sleep, and then sit on the potty…until finally there is success.
Written from a child’s point of view, this new potty-training book will help children join in the final refrain, “I’m so proud of me!”
P is for Potty!
Published: July 22, 2014
P is for Potty is the perfect mix of fun and learning for potty-training toddlers—especially while they practice sitting on the potty! Sturdy flaps will hold up to hours of repeat lifting and peeking, and toddlers will delight in the surprises they find under the flaps.
Published: September 25, 2019
Read along as this friendly dinosaur learns how to use the potty and put on his brand-new underwear. With easy rhymes and vibrant illustrations, Dino Potty is a wonderful resource to teach children all of the potty training steps from flushing the toilet to washing hands.
Vegetables In Underwear
Published: April 4, 2017
A bunch of friendly vegetables wear colorful underwear of all varietiesbig, small, clean, dirty, serious, and funnydemonstrating for young ones the silliness and necessity of this item of clothing. The unexpectedness of vegetables in their unmentionables is enough to draw giggles, but the pride with which the big kid attire is flaunted in front of the baby carrots in diapers will tickle readers of all ages. With rhyming text that begs to be chanted aloud and art that looks good enough to eat, this vibrant story will encourage preschoolers to celebrate having left those diapers behind!
The Perfect Potty Zoo: The Funniest ABC Book
Published: July 29, 2018
WHAT IF ANIMALS POTTY TRAINED?
“Animals from A to Z are very much like you,
They play, they eat, they sleep, they dream,
They even pee and poo!”
The book answers important potty time questions!
- “Definitely isn’t just another potty book. It is silly, fun, and colorful.”
- “Unique twist on a potty book and an alphabet book.”
- “Animals that you wouldn’t think of to illustrate going potty. Thought E would be an elephant?”
- “Should keep your child sitting long enough to take care of business.”
- Includes catchy rhymes and great illustrations.
- Overload of fun and cuteness! Makes you both smile and read over and over.
- Must-have for your bookshelf if your child is 2 to 5 years old.
Follow the antics of 27 very different animals from air, land, and sea as they all go potty in this beautifully imaginative rhyming ABC book.
Accompanied with vivid, full-color illustrations from artist Zhanna Mendel.
Super Pooper and Whizz Kid: Potty Power!
Published: August 14, 2018
What do you do when you’ve got to go?
From that first rumble in the bumble to that moment of triumph when the potty is full of number one or number two, Super Pooper and Whizz Kid: Potty Power! touches on those essential potty-training moments, ending with the all-important big-kid underpants dance!
Once Upon A Potty –Girl
Published: March 30, 2007
The classic books on a timeless subject — for a new generation.
In 1975, Alona Frankel wrote and illustrated her first book, especially for her son Michael, on how to use the potty. Thirty-two years later, Once Upon a Potty — Boy and Once Upon a Potty — Girl are the classic books on potty training and have sold more than four million copies worldwide. These children’s books help parents everywhere deal successfully with an often vexing challenge for the whole family.
Thanks to their timeless words and beloved images, Once Upon a Potty — Boy and Once Upon a Potty — Girl are being discovered and used by a new generation of parents. These two books, with their phenomenal staying power, target and meet the needs of an obviously perpetual market.
Published: February 12, 2019
Learning to use the potty is something for your toddler to celebrate! Join Daniel Tiger as we get ready to potty train. As you read the story, picture icons will prompt you to press the buttons and play the sound effects. The sturdy handle is just right for little hands, at home or on the go. “Potty Time!” is great for all little Daniel Tiger Neighborhood fans getting ready for toilet training!
Officially licensed Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood product.
- Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood interactive board books feature scenarios and music from the top-rated series for preschoolers on PBS KIDS.
- Listen to fun sounds and sing along with Daniel
- Take-along handle for little boys and girls to carry wherever they go
- Sturdy board book with colorful illustrations
- Potty Time! is part of the Early Bird Sound Books collection for babies and toddlers from Cottage Door Press
Come Out Mr Poo!: Potty Training for Kids
Published: May 31, 2017
This book is an Amazon bestseller and comes with a FREE potty training chart and coloring book.
This delightful and funny book will help your child get ready for doing poops on the toilet or potty. Perfect if your child is showing concern about transitioning out of nappies/diapers. This encouraging story shows how they can become a ‘big kid’ and that there is nothing to be afraid of.
Full of colorful, fun illustrations and written in verse, this is a favorite for parents and children alike. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and is meant to bring humor to lighten the pressure that sometimes builds when children take longer to master potty training.
Potty Superhero: Get Ready For Big Boy Pants!
Published: September 24, 2018
Everyone needs to use the potty—even superheroes! Help your little superhero explore the idea of using a potty and learn where to go by following along with the superhero boy in the story! This adorable, rhyming board book is sure to help boys embark on an exciting journey and gain the confidence to go to the bathroom all on their own, making them feel like superheroes!
Check out this potty training book and more from Cottage Door Press to get your baby prepared for using the bathroom all by himself one day.
- Motivates toddlers beginning to potty train to reach the finish line to be diaper-free!
- Make potty training fun for kids by encouraging interest in toilet training
- Fun illustrations and cute superhero story offer a positive approach for parents and caregivers
- Thick board pages for little toddler hands to carry around wherever your superhero goes
- Positive inspration for your little girl as she makes his way towads “big boy” pants!
No More Nappies
Published: March 22, 2018
GOLD WINNER OF THE JUNIOR DESIGN AWARDS BEST BABY BOOKS 0-2 YEARS. The Big Steps series is designed to help little ones cope with everyday experiences in their lives. In No More Nappies , meet Millie and Mo – two adorable toddlers who are ready to ditch their nappies and learn how to use the potty. Follow the ups and downs of their potty-training journey brought to life with fun flaps and mechanisms. Each page has really helpful potty-training tips for parents and carers that are endorsed by leading Early Years Consultant, Dr Amanda Gummer. With delightful illustrations from Marion Cocklico, No More Nappies is a brilliant way to introduce potty training in a fun and relatable way. For more toddler tips read I’m Not Sleepy: Helping Toddlers Go To Sleep.
It Hurts When I Poop! A Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty
Published: May 15, 2007
Ryan is scared to use the potty. He is afraid to have a poop, because he’s afraid it’s going to hurt. He does NOT want to go.
This story, along with Ryan’s “poop program,” will help young children gain the confidence they need to overcome this common problem and establish healthy habits. Includes a Note to Parents by the author,
From the Note to Parents:
The book includes a “poop program” that I use with children between the ages of 3 and 6. While the program is ostensibly for the main character, my hope is that your child will want to follow these steps as well. How you approach the program will vary somewhat depending on your child’s age. Most 3- to 4-year-olds do not need to do the program in a formal way. Instead, you can incorporate parts of the program into your daily routine—make the needed dietary changes, reward successful pooping with stickers, and consider reviewing how poops come out of the body. Most 5- to 6-year-olds are interested in doing the full program, though it is still important to be flexible. For example, if a 5-year-old does not want to do Potty Practice, I would adjust things accordingly.
Where’s the Poop?
Published: March 1, 2004
Proven to help with potty training!
This engaging and sweet, funny lift-the-flap book shows children that all creatures have a place to poop: tigers in the jungle, kangaroos in the outback, and monkeys in the rain forest.
With the aid of this playful book, your child will see that he or she has a place to poop, too. While reinforcing the concept of toilet training, Where’s the Poop? gives children the confidence they need.
For each animal, there are three flaps. On the tiger spread, for example, the tiger says, “My playful cub, did you make a poop?” “Yes, Daddy,” replies the cub. “And now I feel much better.” The child lifts the flaps and sees mommy tiger in a swimming hole, then his playful big brothers…and with the third flap, “There’s the poop!”
My Big Girl Undies
Published: January 1, 2012
When little girls graduate from diapers to underpants, it’s a very big deal! Bright illustrations and fun, simple text from Karen Katz will show toddlers that saying goodbye to diapers can be fun–and even a special occassion! It’s the perfect gift for potty training toddlers, and a wonderful way for parents to celebrate this much-anticipated moment.
Daniel Goes to the Potty
Published: September 23, 2014
Daniel and his dad are at Music Man Stan’s music shop when Daniel has to go to the potty. Will he have to wait until he gets home to use the bathroom? In this adaptation of a popular episode, Daniel learns that there are bathrooms in lots of places and that he can use the bathroom in the shop or anywhere else in the neighborhood. So remember: when you have to go potty, stop and go right away! This adorable book, with a button for kids to press to make the potty’s “flush” sound, is sure to be a hit with Daniel Tiger’s youngest fans!
“Bloop!, Bloop!” Goes the Poop
Published: November 25, 2012
Everyone does it, but occasionally, the little ones have trouble deciding where. “Bloop, Bloop!” Goes the Poop is based on the true story of a little boy who is confused about the rumbling noises coming from his tummy. He needs to know what to do to stop those noises! Help him make it to the potty in time while having fun with sounds.
The Potty Train
Published: January 8, 2008
Time to say good-bye to diapers and take the journey to Underpants Station.
Are you ready? Let’s chug away on the Potty Train!
Princess Polly’s Potty
Published: July 2, 2009
Princess Polly’s Potty: Hilarious potty training from Ladybird Princess Polly’s Potty is an entertaining picture book from Ladybird that helps parents struggling with potty training for toddlers aged 18+ months. Clear, informative and fun pictures are aimed at tackling the common anxieties that children may have about using the potty. Each page encourages parents and children to interact with the story by pressing the ‘cheer’ sound effect when the child has interacted correctly in order to eventually motivate their child into using the potty. Even princesses use the potty! Follow Princess Polly on her potty training adventure and press the sound button to cheer her along! This book is perfect for helping little ones feel confident and motivated about using the potty. Princess Polly’s Potty was written by Andrea Pinnington and illustrated by Melanie Williamson. For further advice on potty training, please visit http://www.ladybird.com/potty.
Published: January 1, 2010
A princess-themed, toilet-training 8×8 that is fit for the Royal Highness in your life!Every princess needs her throne and this 8×8 with a perfed tiara with reward stickers is perfect for the little princess learning to use the potty for the first time!With a helpful, step-by-step story that introduces girls to the concept of toilet training, Princess Potty is a royal lesson that everyone needs to learn.
Goldilocks and the Just Right Potty
Published: December 12, 2017
Little Goldilocks wants to wear underwear — big-girl underwear that’s not too silly and not too frilly, but just right. But that means she also needs to find the “just right” potty. Will she know when she needs to go? And will she get to the potty in time? Find out in this lighthearted story that will have parents and their little ones feeling ready to tackle toilet training.
Big Girls Go Potty
Published: April 1, 2012
Marianne Richmond’s charming prose and cheerful illustrations bring a familiar look to the potty training experience. Big Girls Go Potty features Marianne’s trademark nuanced emotions and strong connection and offers a poignant teaching experience. Sure to become a favorite practical book with fans who adore Marianne’s artwork and insightful prose, this book speaks directly to the little one, giving her an extra hug and big smile.
Published: September 17, 2011
The colorful illustrations and cute characters will bring fun and laughter to a sometimes frustrating and challenging world of potty training! This book is certain to become a favorite choice of potty training your little one.
Duck Goes Potty
Published: March 1, 2010
Little Duck learns how to go potty all by himself.
Big Girls Use the Potty!
Published: August 18, 2008
Take the worry out of potty training with this fun and informative guide that encourages your child to use the potty like a big girl. Now your child can be potty perfect with this step-by-step guide to using the potty with pride! With lots of friendly advice, and special reward stickers to encourage success, soon your toddler will be able to say, “Bye-bye, diapers!”
With rhyming text, this book is fully illustrated and complete with a pull-out chart and star stickers. The emphasis is on motivating children to use the potty correctly by giving them praise and rewarding their success as they take their first steps towards becoming diaper-free. This book is a great introduction to a challenging family subject.
Motivating and fun! Includes 80 reward stickers for your brave little trouper. Practice makes perfect!
Diapers Are Not Forever
Published: August 10, 2008
Learning to use the potty takes patience and practice, and this charming, straightforward book helps pave the way. Young children learn how to use the potty and why it’s time to do so, while gaining the courage and confidence to face this important milestone in their lives. When little ones learn to “do what the big kids do” (go, wipe, flush, wash their hands), they won’t need a diaper anymore—they’ll have underwear under there! Includes tips for parents and caregivers from a children’s health specialist.
Even Firefighters Go to the Potty
Published: October 14, 2008
Clang! Clang! Clang! The fire truck is pulling out of the station. But wait! Where is the firefighter going? To the potty! Even firefighters go to the potty!
Toddlers are uneasy about toilet training. And in most cases, even if they know they have to go, sometimes they are too busy to bother. In this hilarious gate-fold story, each person–from a firefighter on the way to answer a fire alarm to a zoo keeper on the way to feed the polar bears–stops what they are doing to go to the potty. With humor and no pedantics, toddlers learn that everybody uses the potty.
Potty Superstar: A Potty Training Book for Boys
Published: April 4, 2019
Harry likes running and climbing and jumping – but he does not like his nappy! It’s time to learn how to be a potty superstar.
Join Harry on his journey to becoming a potty superstar and learn all about potties, washing hands and accidents. Soon, you’ll have a potty superstar of your own!
Toddler Triumphs will reassure, encourage and celebrate the successes (and sometime accidents!) of toddlers learning how to use the potty. Tabbed pages encourage toddlers to turn the pages themselves, and the funny text and bright art will have little ones coming back to the book over and over again.
There they are: 40 of the best picture books about potty training! Which of these books have you read? Which ones did I miss?
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