Potty training books to read with kids

Potty Training Books for Tots

There are some great potty training books aimed at Toddlers to introduce them to using the potty, wearing pants and growing up, start reading them before you go for potty training so that the concepts of using the potty, doing wees and poos and wearing pants are familiar to them before hand. So here you go – my five favourite potty training books for tots.

Pirate Pete’s Potty and Princess Polly’s Potty come highly recommended they are both interactive and go through the Potty Training Process from explaining what Big Boy’s and Girl do instead of using a nappy, choosing a potty, getting some pants and doing wees and poos and all with the added noise value which J loves so much.

As the Zoo is one of our favourite places to visit, when I saw Zoo Poo at the Library it was perfect for us. It goes through in rhymes that all Animals do poos from a Giraffe to a Chimpanzee and then finishes with what we do by going on the Loo (it’s very English in that respect). On one of my last visits to the zoo a friends son had announced to her that Giraffe’s didn’t poo and when I read this it just reminded me of him.

Another very English title for this book Who’s in the loo?is about who’s taking time in the toilet while a little girl and boy wait to go, getting more and more desperate. It’s written in rhyme and again uses Animals and the various things that they could be doing that would be taking them so long. Very funny I was even laughing and the illustrations are great as well.


I want my Potty by Tony Ross is another really nicely illustrated book and I love the way that it finishes which I hope will help J to realise that accidents do happen but it’s not a problem. I haven’t read any of the Little Princess books before but I think that I will start to add them to T’s collection as they tackle some of the common Toddler challenges like washing hands, going to bed and missing mum.

Do you have any Potty Training Book recommendations that I could add to my list for the future?

Cerys Parker

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  1. Ian’s New Potty— very developmentally appropriate and detailed. His mom models how parents can be supportive of their children as they learn to use the potty.


    On Your Potty, Little Rabbit— Another great story in which Anna, a toddler explains to her toy rabbit how to use the potty. There are other great stories about Anna and her rabbit about learning to brush teeth, swim, and taking baths.

  2. My niece and nephew got very excited about using the potty after reading “Too Big For Diapers” With the Sesame Street Babies

  3. lol def going to look up the zoo poo book
    also been using products and reading advice from brollysheets.co.uk πŸ˜€

  4. The best potty training book we used was Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle by Axel Scheffler (published by Nosy Crow). The subtle approach worked best for us!

  5. We had great success with the Little Princess, “I want my potty” as my little girl is a big fan of the Little Princess. I was going to mention it if it wasn’t in your list… but it was! haha. She loves all the Little Princess books and as you said, they all have messages about things our kids are learning about..(“I want my dummy” was handy for us too!).
    Have you heard of, “Everybody Poos” by Taro Gomi? You can see it being read on You tube if you do a search. Debs πŸ™‚

  6. Oh my! I remember I want my potty – how old must it be by now? We’re not at potty training stage yet but I like the look of Zoo Poo and Who’s in the Loo ready for when we are.

  7. We have ‘I want my potty’ too and I have been on the lookout for some more books for when we start. I seem to have a large collection of books about pants – it seems pants are trending in the kid-lit world!

    1. I can recommended the Dinosaur Love Underpants and the Aliens love Underpants book – we read them regularly with J and he’s now fascinated with pants I thnk that is probably why we got the rather loud “I WANT BIG BOY PANTS” last week.

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