The 17 Best Potty Training Books for Kids and Parents
Sometimes kids (and their parents) need a dose of humor, instruction, and inspiration to move the potty training process along. Here are some books that may help smooth the way.
By Leslie Patricelli
A toddler starts the toilet training process and asks: "Should I go in my potty?" You'll explore the answer through the character's inner dialogue, with a hefty dose of humor.
Big Girl Panties
Potty Superhero: Get ready for big boy pants!
By Parragon Books
Looking for a potty training book for boys? Consider this fun option! The protagonist superhero is ready to start potty training, and he puts on his big boy underpants before saving the world.
Once Upon a Potty
By Alona Frankel
This classic option has long been considered one of the best potty training books—and with good reason. It gives straight talk about making the big leap from diapers to the potty, and it's available in a boys' and girls' version.
My Big Girl Potty
By Barbro Lindgren
Sam is ambivalent about using the potty—until his little dog discovers it. Your kid will surely adore this funny potty training picture book!
The Potty Book
Daniel Goes to the Potty
By Maggie Testa
Calling all Daniel Tiger fans! This book details Daniel’s journey to Music Man Stan’s music shop, where he needs to use the restroom. Will he go potty in the store? The book also comes with a button that makes a flushing sound.
The Princess and the Potty
What Do You Do with a Potty?
By Marianne Borgardt
Why is this considered one of the best potty training books for kids? It has fun interactive pop-ups and explains the toilet training process in an easy-to-understand way!
A Potty for Me
By Karen Katz
Toddlers will enjoy the rhyming words, lift-the-flaps, and cartoon illustrations in this potty training book for kids. The protagonist starts out hesitant to use the toilet, which is relatable for those who have yet to master the skill.
P is for Potty!
By Naomi Kleinberg
In this fun-loving lift-the-flap board book, favorite characters from Sesame Street offer kids the reassurance they need for potty training.
Oh Crap! Potty Training
By Jamie Glowacki
A potty-training expert shares her six-step plan to help you toilet train your preschooler quickly and effectively. It answers some of your top questions, including:
- "When is my child ready for potty training?"
- "How does potty training work at night?"
- "Why won't my kid poop in the toilet?"
- "Are they regressing?"
Mommy I Have to Go Potty!
By Jan Faull
Originally published in 1996, this classic book provides practical tips and real-life strategies for parents in the throes of potty training. It's been updated and expanded over the years.