[Series] Potty Training : Books For Introducing Potty Training

Before you start training, take a trip to the library for some great books about potty training to read to your child. This can set the stage and help them understand what it is they are supposed to be doing and why you want them to sit on a cold chunk of plastic without a diaper – which can be quite confusing if you think about it!

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1. The Potty Book for Girls / The Potty Book for Boys
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Every little girl’s graduation from diapers to the potty is always a very important moment–and one to make both parents and toddlers proud! In The Potty Book, Hannah needs to have her diapers changed so she can go out and play. Then mom and dad bring home a big box, and Hannah is anxious to open it up and see what’s inside. Is it a rocking chair? A bed for Teddy? No, it’s a potty–which means that it’s time for Hannah to graduate from her diapers. This gentle and humorous little story is charmingly illustrated and told in verse. Little girls will enjoy looking at the pictures and having the story read to them. Meanwhile, they’ll start getting the idea that it’s time for them to grow up, exactly like Hannah. So that at last, they’ll be able to say–“I’m off the potty!”


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2. A Potty for Me
by Karen Katz

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 thepotty, 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!”


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3. The Princess and the Potty
by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

Vivid watercolors capture the hilarity as a pair of royal parents try everything they can to get a stubborn little princess to renounce diapers and use the potty, efforts that seem hopeless until the princess offers a solution. For children under four.


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4. What Do You Do With A Potty?
by Marianne Borgardt

A classic bestseller, this pop-up book is the perfect way to introduce potty-training to your youngster. Vivid illustrations, and fun pops and pull-tabs will make this book an invaluable treasure in your child’s library.


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5. Once Upon A Potty (Available for girls and boys)
by Alona Frankel

Straight talk about making the big leap from diapers to potty. Available in a boys’ and girls’ version.

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6. My Big Boy Potty / My Big Girl Potty
by Joanna Cole

“What a big boy you are!”

Potty training can be fun. With warmth and sensitivity, Joanna Cole and Maxie Chambliss guide young boys though the challenges and rewards potty training—from the first steps to the joy of graduating to big boy underpants! A helpful “Note to parents” is included.


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7. First Look and Find : Elmo’s Potty
by Editors of Publications International

First Look and Find: Elmo’s Potty Book makes potty training fun. Brightly colored Sesame Street illustrations show Elmo, Grover, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, and the rest of the Sesame Street gang in seven scenes that introduce toddlers to important bathroom concepts from using the potty to washing hands to realizing that accidents happen. Each two-page spread portrays a scene and provides an illustrated list of items for a child to find. Items are carefully positioned in each picture to prevent frustration and encourage a sense of accomplishment. Here is what children are expected to find in the seven scenes:
Uncover the underwear on Elmo s unbelievable underwear page. Point out items in Elmo s bathroom. Search Elmo s playground for toys. Look for art supplies at Elmo s preschool. Find bat shapes in the Count s bathroom. Look for toys in Elmo s toy room. Point out prizes at Elmo s Potty Party.

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8. Too Big For Diapers (Sesame Street)
by Random House

The time has come that Baby Ernie is too big for diapers and he’s ready to try out his brand-new potty. It may take a few tries, but soon Ernie realizes he can learn to use it all by himself!


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9. My Big Boy Undies / My Big Girl Undies
by Karen Katz

What parent doesn’t cherish that much-anticipated moment when toddlers graduate from diapers to underpants? Here is a great board book that celebrates the grand occasion with a proud toddler boy on the cover wearing undies in real fabric.


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10. Dinosaur vs the Potty
by Bob Shea

Dinosaur doesn’t need to use the potty. Even when he’s making lemonade, running through the sprinkler, having a three-juice-box lunch, and splashing in rain puddles. See? He’s doing his victory dance. Wait . . . that’s not a victory dance, that looks like a POTTY DANCE! Run, Dinosaur, run!
Dinosaur vs. the Potty, with humor that both toddlers and parents will enjoy, is a great new way to toilet train. Dinosaur’s stubborn resistance—and Potty’s ultimate victory—will evoke roars of laughter.


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11. Pirate Potty
by Samantha Berger

Psst! Ahoy, matey! Are you ready to hear a secret? Shhhhh! Come closer. Ready? Even pirates use the potty! Every pirate needs his captain’s chair and this book is perfect for the little pirate learning to use the potty for the first time! With a humorous, step-by-step story that introduces boys to the concept of using the toilet, Pirate Potty is an adventurous lesson that everyone needs to learn. Includes a punch-out pirate’s hat and reward stickers for the little pirate-in-training!


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12. Even Firefighters Go to the Potty : A Potty Training Lift-the-Flap Book
by Wendy Wax

This lift-the-flap book reinforces that everyone, everywhere, regardless of what they may do professionally, must take the time to stop and “go to the potty.” Each scenario stretches over one and a half pages with the remaining space devoted to a flap (decorated as a restroom door) to open. In each case, readers are presented with activity in progress. However, a key worker is missing: “The fire alarm is ringing! The fire truck needs to go. But where did the firefighter who drives the truck go?” Open the door, and thus intrude upon the missing adult who has just recently used, or in some cases still is sitting on, the toilet. Readers visit the police station, construction site, doctor’s office, baseball field, zoo, and more to discover again and again that important people are in the restroom.


Do you and your children have any favourites that aren’t on the list?

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