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43 Read Aloud Books on Potty Training for Toddlers

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43 Best board books and picture books to introduce your little one to potty training

Ready to start potty training your little one?

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Experts agree that one of the best ways to introduce children to potty training concepts is through books. You can read your baby books about potty training at any time, even well before they’re old enough to use the toilet.

Books are a great way to drum up excitement about the potty, to show your little one just exactly what those toilets are used for, and that other kids use them too.

Check out this list of books of read aloud potty training books for toddlers, which includes both board books (sturdy and able to be wiped down!) and picture books (for older tots who won’t destroy the paper pages).

(While you’re at it, be sure to check out this comparison of the two most popular parenting books on potty training!)

Board Books

Board books are ideal for potty training, because let’s face it–potty training is messy. It can get really gross, and the magic of board books is that they can be wiped clean. Plus, they’re sturdy and won’t tear.

1. Where Do You Poop? by Agnes Baruzzi

A funny, interactive, pull-the-slide book about where different animals poop. Birds poop in the air, dogs poop on the grass, and boys poop on the potty. Your little one is sure to get a kick out of this!!!

2. We Poop on the Potty! (Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Award Recipient) by Little Grasshopper Books

An educational book about how all animals and everyone poops, the lifecycle and important role some animals’ poop plays in its environment, where different animals poop, and how all people poop on–you guessed it–the toilet! Even police officers, people all around the world, and other kids just like your little one. This is great for older tots because it is very informative, but younger tots will also enjoy familiar animals and colorful illustrations, and also just talking about poop. Littles just love talking about poop.

3. Potty by Leslie Patricelli

Littles absolutely love Leslie Patricelli because of the silliness and relatability of the little characters. Join this tot on a journey of learning how to use the toilet. How does dog potty? How does kitty potty? Join in on the celebration at the end when the tot figures out how to use the potty and graduates to using underwear.

4. A Potty for Me! By Karen Katz

Karen Katz books are baby and toddler favorites! They’re always super colorful, with lots of patterns to draw the eye. They often have lift-the-flap elements, like this one! See this little one learn all about how potties work, from opening a gift of a brand new training potty, all the way to successfully using the potty and getting to wear big kid underpants.

5. Even Firefighters Go to the Potty by Wendy Wax

Even firefighters, baseball players, construction workers, doctors, and even astronauts use the potty!! Use this lift-a-flap to show your little one that everyone, even the strongest and bravest of them all, use the potty–and so can they!

6. Lift-The-Flap Very First Questions and Answers What’s A Potty For? by Katie Daynes

There are plenty of lift-a-flaps to entertain your tot with this book. It describes all the ins-and-outs of using the potty; throwing away diapers, using the toddler potty, sitting on it and waiting for hte magic to happen, getting to wear underwear, etc. My daughter really enjoys peeking behind all the flaps in this one.

7. How to Potty Train Your Dinosaur by Alycia Pace

Dinosaur lovers know that having a dino as a pet is hard work. They make very big poops that are difficult to clean, and diapers stink! Make your toddler feel empowered by the idea of teaching their own little dino how to use the potty.

8. I’m a Potty Superhero : Get Ready for Big-Girl Pants, and I’m a Potty Superhero : Get Ready for Big-Boy Pants by Mabel Forsythe

Encourage your little one to feel like a superhero herself as he or she learns how to potty with this book. This little superhero even has a friendly furry sidekick to cheerthem along the way! The author has tried to focus on inclusivity and representation by creating a boy and girl version, and Caucasion and Black version of each. While this feels a bit odd and segregated, I believe the author’s intentions are good, and are for children to see representations of themselves in these characters.

9. Time to PEE! By Mo Willems

Cute little mice will positively CHEER your little one on in this encouraging book! Let your little one feel empowered with this book about being a big kid who is able to recognize that funny feeling, take off down the hall for the toilet, use the potty, and then return to their activities.Mice hold up signs, balloons, parachutes and more to encourage tots throughout the book.

10. Potty Time with Pete the Kitty by Kimberly and James Dean

A cute lift-the-flap book about Pete learning to use the potty. Pete the Kitty/ Pete the Cat fans will love it!

11. Potty Patrol by Nickelodeon

Calling all Paw Patrol fans! Paw Patrol is on a very important mission to help Carlos and Claudia learn how to use the potty. Ryder helps one of the scared twins by explaining that sometimes doing scary things is part of growing up, and the patrol helps by telling the twins about the times they’ve done scary things. In the end, the Paw Patrol helps the twins learn how to do the grown up thing of using the toilet.

12. Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea

Dinosaur vs. lemonade! Dinosaur vs. the sprinkler! Dinosaur vs. splashing in rain puddles! You’d think Dinosaur would need to use the potty after all these activities, but nope–not even after his victory dances!…Right? See if Dinosaur will make it to the potty in time!

13. Potty Time! by Carolyn Jayne Church

Bright colors, simple illustrations, and cute rhymes make Carolyn Jayne Church books engaging for all little ones, and this potty training book is no exception.This one even comes with a little flushing noise button to further keep baby’s interest.

14. Everybody Potties – Songs To Help You Go! by Minnie Birdsong

Sometimes potty training involves your tot spending a lot of time on the pot. If they’re going to be sitting there a while, they might as well have some fun with it! Use this book as a sing-along activity to entertain your toddler while they wait for the magic to happen on the toilet.

15. Let’s Get This Potty Started: A Funny Potty Board Book for Toddlers by Rose Rossner

Make potty training FUN with this rhyming book, sure to make your kiddo laugh! Silly rhymes will turn potty time into party time and cheer your little one on. “It’s time to take the plunge, let’s get this party started! No “ifs” “ands” or “butts'”–I can smell that you farted!”

16. Skip to the Loo! A Potty Book by Sally Lloyd-Jones

A sweet rhyming book of charming woodland characters who all have to skip to the loo. Everyone in the forest potties–why not make a show of it?!

17. Super Pooper and Whizz Kid: Potty Power! by Sabrina Moyle, illustrated by Eunice Moyle

Superheroes will positively CHEER your tot on in this book. Bright colors, fun superhero illustrations, and silly rhymes will capture your tot’s interest and encourage them all the way through. “When I feel a rumble in my bumble, or a toot in my boot, or a sprinkle in my tinkle, or a dance in my pants…”

18. Big Girl Panties and Big Boy Underpants by Fran Manushkin

Bye-bye diapers, and hello big girl panties/ big boy underwear!! Join these characters as they celebrate how they are now big kids who no longer wear diapers–and so are you!

19. Daniel Tiger’s Potty Time! Children’s Toilet Training Sound Book for Daniel Tiger Fans

The only thing better than a Daniel Tiger book to a Daniel Tiger fan is one with sound! Learn about toilet hygiene and etiquette with Daniel Tiger and keep kiddoes engaged with various bathroom sounds.

20. Sesame Street – Potty Time with Elmo – Potty Training Sound Book by PI Kids

Elmo fans will enjoy this sound book. With the help of his doll David, Elmo learns what the potty is all about. Have your tot press the sound buttons to keep them engaged throughout the book.

21. Pottysaurus –– Little Hippo Books

A rhyming book about a little baby dinosaur learning to use the potty. Dinosaur fans will be charmed.

22. Dino Potty by Rainstorm Publishing

Another book for dinosaur fans. Like the previous book, a little dino teaches us how to use the potty, step-by-step with gentle rhymes.

23. Diapers Are Not Forever by Elizabeth Verdick

A rhyming book about how children grow bigger each day, and how learning to use the potty is part of growing up, along with learning to flush, wash your hands, and wearing underwear.

24. Peppa Pig – Let’s Go Potty! Interactive 5-Button Potty Training Sound Book by PI Kids

Watch Peppa Pig teach her brother George how to use the potty in this sound book.

25. P is for Potty by Naomi Kleinberg

Lift-a-flap lovers and Sesame Street Lovers are sure to love this one. With plenty of lift-a-flaps to entertain, the lengthier text in this one makes it more suitable for older tots.

26. Cocomelon JJ’s Potty Time 3-Button Potty Training Sound Board Book by Scarlett Swing

We all know Cocomelon has a magical hold over kids, so why not use that to your advantage? JJ’s brother Tom Tom helps him learn to use the potty. Learn with JJ, all while taking advantage of the engaging sound buttons.

27. Tiny Potty: a teaching book for ages 6 months and up by Andrea Olson

A simple book about a tot who is in the middle of playing when he feels like he has to go to the potty. He recognizes that this means it’s time to stop playing and head to the bathroom. Step by step, he goes through the motions of using the toilet, and afterwards, he gets to go back to playtime! Great for introducing potty concepts to even the youngest of readers.

28. On Your Potty, Little Rabbit by Kathleen Amant

Little Rabbit needs help using the potty. Can you show him how to use the potty the right way? Sometimes having kiddos help with a task can get them feeling more invested in learning to do it themselves.

29. Once Upon a Potty: Girl, and

Once Upon a Potty: Boy by Alona Frankel

This book is probably not for everyone, but if you’re looking for a very frank, anatomically-correct book to teach your toddler about the potty and bodily functions, check this out. I will admit that I was a bit surprised when I opened this book by the illustrations that were more anatomically correct than any other potty training book I’ve come across for children. But hey–to each their own!

30. Unicorn Potty: Learn to Potty by Laura Gates Galvin

Read this one to your little unicorn lover to encourage them to warm up to the potty. After all, unicorns are pretty cool, so if even they use the potty, shouldn’t we all?

Picture Books

The following are picture books, meant for older tots who are beyond the stage of ripping their book pages. (Keep in mind that you might want to keep these away from the potty, since they can’t be wiped clean!)

31. Potty Animals by Hope Vestergaard

A cute, rhyming book perfect for preschoolers. These potty animals teach children all about proper bathroom hygiene, etiquette, and knowing when to go. These animals do things just like them–they play on the playground, play ball with their friends, and sleep at naptime, but when it’s time to go, they know they gotta get up and go! And they have to remember to shut the door, flush the toilet, wash their hands, etc.

32. Goldilocks and the Just Right Potty by by Leigh Hodgkinson

Captivating illustrations and a familiar fairytale storyline will engage parents and children in this fun rhyming picture book about potty training.

33. Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

Did you know that everyone poops? Grown ups, children, whales, snakes, literally everyone poops! A classic story all about poop that is guaranteed to catch your tot’s interest.

34. Where Does a Cowgirl Go Potty? by Dawn Babb Prochovnic

By far the silliest, funniest, and most fun book about potty training I’ve ever read. A hilarious rhyming book about a cowgirl out yander just looking for a place to potty. Silly cowgirl phrases will have parent and child both giggling!

35. The New Potty (Little Critter) by Mercer Mayer and Gina Mayer

Who else absolutely loves Little Critter books? These bring back so much nostalgia! Brother is already potty trained, but Little Sister still wears diapers. Watch Brother patiently teach Little Sister that it’s okay to use the potty. There’s nothing to be afraid of, and accidents happen. No problem, she’ll catch on eventually. This is a great book to read with older siblings to encourage them to be patient and helpful with their youngersibling as they learn to potty train.

36. Poop! There it is!: A Silly Potty Training Book for Children Ages Baby-3

A silly rhyming story to make learning about potty training more fun for parent AND baby! “My mom said she’s tired of changing my diaper. I consider her my number one wiper!”

37. Poopasaurus: A Toddler Potty Training Book by Plum Coconut

Calling all dinosaur lovers! Make learning to use the potty more fun by showing that even dinosaurs (and dino mommy and daddies) use the potty.

38. Princess Potty by Samantha Berger

Did you know that even princesses use the potty? Princess shows us how when she needs to use the bathroom, she takes her royal pony to the bathroom, sits on her royal porcelain throne and sings until she goes. Princess lovers will get a kick out of this one, as it really leans into the princess theme. This book even has stickers!

39. Daniel’s Potty Time by Alexandra Cassel Schwartz

Daniel is going to the market today! He is so excited that he doesn’t want to take the time to use the potty. However, there are no potties on the trolley, so he should probably take the time to go before he leaves the house. This book comes with an “I Spy” poster that kiddos can entertain themselves with while waiting on the pot.

40. Let’s Go to the Potty!: A Potty Training Book for Toddlers by Allison Jandu

An encouraging book about learning to listen to your body, go and sit on the potty, and waiting for the magic to happen.

41. I Pooped in the Potty Today! By Dillan Slobodian

A rhyming book narrated by a big kid who used to wear a diaper, just like you. This kid has had accidents before, and that’s okay. Eventually they did learn how to poop on the potty, and now they’re a big kid! One version is catered to boys, and the other to girls.

42. Peep and Egg: I’m Not Using the Potty by Laura Gehl

Egg is definitely NOT using the potty. Not even after they play outside all day, not even after Egg sits on the toilet and reads a book with a bladder full of lemonade…right?

43. My Big Boy Potty and My Big Girl Potty by Joanna Cole

Michael is a boy, just like you. Likewise, Ashley is a girl just like you. They like to read and play, just like you! And you know what? They’re both learning to do a brand new thing…use the big kid potty! Learn the ins and outs of using a big boy potty and big girl potty with Michael and Ashley.

I hope you enjoyed this list of read aloud potty training books for toddlers.

For more information about potty training, check out this article that compares the two most popular potty training parenting books.

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