15 Favorite Potty Training Books

Recommended books for introducing potty training to the whole family.

Books for Kids

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.

    Everyone Poops
    By Taro Gomi
    All creatures great and small (including children) need to eat -- and poop.

    I Want My Potty
    By Tony Ross
    Through trial and error, a little princess finally learns to use the potty.

    My Big Girl Potty
    By Joanna Cole
    Ashley learns to use the toilet with some help from a favorite stuffed bunny. In the boys' version, My Big Boy Potty, Michael's stuffed bear does the honors.

    Once Upon a Potty
    By Alona Frankel
    Straight talk about making the big leap from diapers to potty. Available in a boys' and girls' version.

    Sam's Potty
    By Barbro Lindgren
    Sam is ambivalent about using the potty -- until his little dog discovers it.

    The Potty Book
    By Alyssa Satin Capucilli
    A big box contains a "big-kid" surprise for Henry (boys' version) or Hannah (girls' version).

    The Princess and the Potty
    By Wendy Cheyette Lewison
    A spoiled princess rejects a host of fancy potty seats until she's good and ready to shed her diapers.

    Uh Oh! Gotta Go!
    By Bob McGrath
    Potty tales from toddlers.

    What Do You Do with a Potty?
    By Marianne Borgardt
    An interactive pop-up book explains the toilet training process.

    When You've Got to Go
    By Janelle Kriegman and Mitchell Kriegman
    Favorite characters from Bear in the Big Blue House offer kids the reassurance they need.

      Books for Grown-Ups

      For Mom and Dad

      Keys to Toilet Training (Barron's Parenting Keys)
      By Meg Zweiback
      A registered nurse and family consultant offers step-by-step advice.

      Mommy! I Have to Go Potty!
      By Jan Faull
      Practical tips and real-life strategies for parents in the throes of potty training.

      Potty Training for Dummies
      By Diane Stafford and Jennifer Shoquist, MD
      Painless steps and solutions for ditching diapers and conquering setbacks.

      Toilet Training: A Practical Guide to Daytime and Nighttime Training
      By Vicki Lansky
      Tools for training all kids, even those who are uncooperative.

        For the whole family

        My Potty Activity Book + 45 Toilet Training Tips
        By Tracy Foote
        An interactive book with creative activities for kids and helpful strategies for parents.

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