9 slides
toddler reading potty training book
profile picture of Leah Rocketto
Leah Rocketto

Best Potty-Training Books For Toddlers

Dreading the difficult (and dirty) transition from diapers to toilets? Try psyching your toddler up by reading some of these books.

Potty by Leslie Patricelli

Should baby use the litter box to go to the bathroom? Um, nope. For a bit of absurd fun, this book uses animals to demonstrate that people should use the toilet. $7, Amazon.com

Photo: The Bump

Even Firefighters Go to the Potty by Wendy Wax and Naomi Wax

Does your kid look up to firemen? This fun read uses everyday heroes as potty-going role models. $8, Amazon.com

Photo: The Bump

Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

Okay, so there's not much of a plot, but it does clearly explain that there's no shame in going number two. The not-so-typical concept and colorful illustrations will capture your toddler's attention.  $8, Amazon.com

Photo: The Bump

A Potty for Me! by Karen Katz

This book's positive phrases and catchy rhymes give kids the scoop on how to use the potty. And the lift-the-flap interaction just might empower them — or at least keep them entertained while they try.  $8, Amazon.com

Photo: The Bump

Diapers Are Not Forever by Elizabeth Verdick

This book's message is that potty training takes time — and that's okay! It also includes tips for parents and caregivers (and you could use some, right?). $8, BarnesandNoble.com

Photo: The Bump

Sesame Street: Potty Time With Elmo

If Elmo can teach kids to say the alphabet, he can teach them how to use the toilet. And what toddler won't love pushing buttons that make sounds? $9, BarnesandNoble.com

Photo: The Bump

Poop! There It Is! by Xavier Finkley

You may need to inject some humor to get through potty training. And this one just might give you flashbacks to the '90s. $10, Amazon.com

Photo: The Bump

Toilet Tales by Andrea Wayne von Konigslow

Ever see a giraffe use the toilet? Well, you will in this book! Here's another animal-centric tale meant to teach kids that the potty is for “big kids like you.” $8, Amazon.com

Photo: The Bump

The Potty Book by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Keeping it positive, this cute read teaches kids that using the toilet means more independence (and more time to play!), and you can get a version written for a boy or for a girl. $6, Amazon.com

Photo: The Bump