Toddler Reads: Potty Training

Let me tell you: there are A LOT of really mediocre books about using the potty out there in the world. Here are a few that I didn’t HATE.


Diapers are Not Forever. Written by Elizabeth Verdick. Illustrated by Marieka Heinlen. (2008).
PREACH, Ms Verdick. Diapers ARE NOT forever. Cute and simple board book about growing up and learning to use the potty.

Everyone Poops. Written and Illustrated by Taro Gomi. (1977).
The classic, and rightfully so to my mind. Takes poop from the realm of YUCK to totally normal. Plus you get to say poop a lot, which always amusing to toddlers.

Go Girl, Go Potty! Written and Illustrated by Emily Bolam. (2006).
Potty training with flaps. (Flap books make everything more amusing!) A silly look at who uses the potty (Spoiler alert: giraffes do not, little girls do). There is also a boy version, if that is more appropriate in your house.


Oh no! Gotta go, Number 2! Written by Susan Middleton Elya. Illustrated by Lynne Avril. (2007).
This probably has the most “plot” of any of the potty training books. A little girl goes on a picnic with her parents. She pees before she leaves home and doesn’t drink anything while out, but soon remembers that “there’s more than one reason to sit on the pot.” Emergencia! Written in English, with scattered Spanish vocabulary. There is also an earlier book with the same girl about needing to pee, but I think this is the stronger of the two.

Potty. Written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli. (2010).
Patricelli has written dozen of board books about popular toddler topics. Yummy Yucky is a favorite of ours, and Potty features the same mostly bald, gender ambiguous baby. Let’s call the kid Pat. Baby contemplates peeing in the diaper, but choose to go on the potty instead. GOOD CHOICE, baby!

Time to Pee! Written and illustrated by Mo Willems.
Willems, author of Knuffle Bunny and the popular Elephant and Piggie books puts his great talents toward the topic of potty time. Specifically what to do when you get that “funny feeling” that lets you know you need to pee. If you buy the book, you get a potty chart and stickers, but we just got it out of the library, and that suited us fine.

Toddler Reads: Potty Training

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