10 Potty Training Books for Toddlers

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Potty training isn't easy, but reading about potty training is a smart step toward introducing new words and concepts to your child. It can also help decrease fear of the toilet and make your toddler more comfortable with this very big step in their life. These 10 potty training books will help turn a reluctant child into an eager one.

"Potty!" by Mylo Freeman

"I Want My Potty" by Tony Ross. Google Images/diapers.com

If your child is an animal lover, this book will strike a chord. Animals in the jungle happen upon a potty and, like the glass slipper in Cinderella, only the best bottom will fit. Each animal tries, but the potty only fits when a little boy comes along to claim the "throne." The animals have no hard feelings and help the boy with suggestions on how to use the new contraption.

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"It's Potty Time" by Roger Priddy

This book is part of a series of books that present life events in a very matter-of-fact way. The pictures are clear and colorful, and the text offers encouragement and will help bolster your child's confidence. It's also a board book, so it will stand up to many hours in the bathroom.

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"I Want My Potty" by Tony Ross

This board book about a princess who is sick and tired of wearing diapers will appeal to many toddlers, especially any little divas out there. The princess finds that using the potty is the best way to rid herself of the diapers, even if it isn't always easy.

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"Koko Bear's New Potty" by Vicki Lansky

Known for her parenting books, author Vicki Lansky has put together this book that parents and children can read together about potty training. Koko, a bear, learns that potty training is just one more thing that comes along with growing up and experiences success and setbacks along the way.

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"Lift the Lid, Use the Potty!" by Annie Ingle

This board book is interactive with flaps to lift and stickers that can serve as rewards. It follows a bunny with a new potty and is written in a step-by-step manner that will appeal to children who do well with structure and routine.

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"On Your Potty!" by Virginia Miller

If your toddler seems ready for potty training, but seems indifferent about getting started, perhaps this book can help generate interest.

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"Once Upon a Potty - Boy" by Alona Frankel

This book is one of the first books about using the potty, and it is no surprise that it's considered a classic. It contains simple, colorful artwork and does a great job of incorporating parents into the process of moving from diapers to the toilet. It also comes in DVD format.

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"Once Upon a Potty - Girl" by Alona Frankel

Like the boy's version above, this book has all the same great features, but is written just for girls. It's also available as a DVD.

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"The Toddler's Potty Book" by Alida Allison

This book is another classic potty training book. It was written in 1978, but has since been updated and is now available as a sturdy board book. The tone of this book is especially directed toward toddlers who might be reluctant to start using the potty.

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"What to Expect When You Use the Potty" by Heidi Murkoff

This book is like an FAQ for potty-trainers-to-be. If you enjoy the "What to Expect" series for parents, chances are you'll like this book, and so will your child. There are many books in the children's series that cover major life events, so now is a good time to introduce "Angus the Answer Dog." This book is especially helpful for the serious toddler, who approaches things in a more logical or scientific way.

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