Great Stories to Help with Potty Training

February 28, 2018 | Daniel

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Mastering the art of potty training is an important developmental milestone. Toronto Public Library has a great selection of books geared for parents and caregivers to help guide you through the process.

In addition to books geared to adults, we also have some wonderful storybooks for kids, and this is what we'll focus on here.

When it comes to potty training, these books will help lighten the mood and allow you and your child to have fun with the process. Keeping things light and fun will relieve a bit of the pressure that your child may feel and could bring you closer together.

Here are a few of my favourites:

How to Pee: Potty Training for Boys and How to Pee: Potty Training for Girls, by Todd Spector

How to Pee Potty Training for Boys How to Pee Potty Training for Girls

Todd Spector, M.D., invented a fun style of potty training with his children. As toddlers, his son Abe and daughter Noa were encouraged to make up styles for using the potty – cowboy style, rocket style, dance-party style. After illustrating some of the creative potty styles, the author includes a useful note to parents.

I've Got to Go, by Guido van Genechten

I've Got to Go

A lighthearted and funny book about a dog that is urgent to go but can’t find a potty to use. He eventually settles on the big toilet and discovers that it isn’t as daunting as he once thought. I’ve used this book in story times with toddlers and the kids always get a chuckle from the sound effects you make.

Once Upon a Potty: Boy and Once Upon a Potty: Girl, by Alona Frankel

Once Upon a Potty Boy Once Upon a Potty Girl

In this set of books – one for boys, one for girls – the author illustrates the process of potty training in clear, plain language.  When used as a companion story to a child’s new potty, it should help children understand and get excited for potty training.

No More Diapers for Ducky!, by Bernette Ford and Sam Williams

No More Diapers for Ducky

A short tale about young Ducky who feels inspired to get out of his diapers once he realizes his friend Piggy uses the potty. This book serves as an excellent introduction to the potty for children who are still in diapers.

Toilet Tales, by Andrea Wayne von Königslöw

Toilet Tales

This one is the silliest book on this list. It takes the reader through the reasons why animals can’t use the potty. For example, an elephant is too heavy (obviously), a chicken would sit on the toilet and wait for something to hatch, and a goat would eat the toilet paper.

I Use the Potty, by Maria van Lieshout

I Use the Potty

Another super-simple book that keeps things lighthearted. The author was inspired to write this book to illustrate that making things fun gets kids on board and helps keep parents sane.

I hope these selections above will help you enjoy the potty training journey with your child a little more. Feel free to comment with some of your other favourites!