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Books That Teach…Potty Training

Books that teach potty training

Books that teach potty training

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P is for Potty! By Random House

Sesame Street’s Elmo and his mom are babysitting little cousins, Albie and Baby Jo-Jo. Although Baby Jo-Jo is still too young to use the potty, Albie has just started learning to use the potty just like Elmo. Follow Elmo as he shows us the steps he takes to using the potty (wiping, flushing, washing hands) and see what happens when Albie has an accident.

Teaches: Accidents happen when learning to potty train and that is OK.

Age range: 2-6 years


Potty by Leslie Patricelli

Baby has to go potty and wonders where he should go: in his diaper or in the toilet? He discovers that animals, such as dogs and cats, have a place where they go potty (outside, litter box). Baby decides that he too will go in his spot: his toddler potty!

Teaches: Early potty training, including steps.

Age range: 1-3 years


Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea

A bold, colorfully illustrated children’s book about a stubborn red dinosaur that is convinced he doesn’t have to use the potty. Even after lemonade, some juice box and splashing in puddles, dinosaur wins… or at least he thinks so.

Teaches: When the urge comes, use the potty.

Age range: 1-3 years



Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel

A classic children’s book for little boys or little girls (author has two versions) on the parts and functions of their bodies. Follow Joshua and Prudence as they first learn to use the potty while still needing to use diapers.

Teaches: Pressure and consequence free introduction to potty training

Age range: 2-4 years


Big Girl Panties by Fran Manushkin

Nothing could be more fun to this pigtailed little girl than being able to wear big girl panties, just like her mommy! Motivate your little girl to trade in her diapers for big-kid underwear with this rhyming text.

Teaches: The benefits of getting potty trained and being able to transition out of diapers.

Age range: 2-6 years


UPDATE: Fran Manushkin now has a boy version called Big Boy Underpants!


Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

Yep, a whole book about poop! Read about how everyone has to poop and the many different types of poop, too.

Teaches: Normalizes the subject to get kids more comfortable.

Age range: 2-4 years


Even Firefighters Go to the Potty by Wendy Wax

The fire truck is ready to leave the station when everyone realizes a firefighter is missing! Where is he? Well, even firefighters need to go to the potty. The books goes on to show different characters, of different professions, missing from their posts so they can use the bathroom.

Teaches: Even adults have to take a break from what they are doing to use the bathroom.

Age range: 2-5 years


The Potty Book by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Henry (boy version) and Hannah (girl version) open a gift from mommy and daddy. It’s a toddler potty! Looks like its time to start potty training!

Teaches: Transitioning from diapers to potty.

Age range: 2-5 years


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Hi! My name is Priscilla and I a proud mommy and wife. I was born and raised in California and moved to the Midwest to attend the University of Michigan where I studied Elementary Education. After graduation, I accepted a teaching position in my current town of Ann Arbor, MI where I taught kindergarten and first grade. After having Caleb, I decided to leave teaching to stay home with him and I never looked back. Now, I spend my days doing what I love best: writing and photography for this blog and watching my little one grow.

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