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9 of the best potty training books for toddlers

Section: Potty Training
UK potty training books

In this article:

  • Everybody Poos by Taro Gomi
  • Princess Polly Potty and Pirate Pete's Potty by Andrea Pinnington
  • Pirate Pete and Princess Polly's Potty Sticker Book by Ladybird
  • The Perfect Potty Zoo by Agnes Green
  • Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel
  • On My Potty by Leslie Patricelli
  • All Aboard the Toilet Train: A Noisy Bing book​
  • Where's the Poop? By Julie Markes
  • Lulu's Loo by Camilla Reid

Potty training can be a stressful time for parents, but potty training books for your little one can make things a whole lot smoother! 

It is important to take it slow, try games to make it fun and ensure your little one feels reassured as going to the toilet for the first time can be a stressful thing. You don't want them to avoid going at all as it can lead to constipation.

There will always be toilet training mishaps, particularly at nighttime and it can be a nightmare for both parent and child. So, anything that can make this process easier is a hit with us! We have rounded up the best potty training books for boys and girls, that will hopefully get your toddler out of nappies, onto the potty and eventually towards the toilet.

From revamped classics to lift-the-flap books, sticker books and even ones that cheer them on in the process. These books should keep your little one entertained and sitting long enough to take care of business.

9 of the best potty training books for toddlers

1. Everybody Poos by Taro Gomi

everybody poos
This children's book takes a no-nonsense approach to bodily functions and encourages children to be unashamed about potty training. The book explains that all living poo - some poo on land, some poo in water, some poo in a toilet and some poo in a potty. 

Age: 2-5 years

Price: £6.50

Why we love it: This book really meets every toddler's desire to talk about, investigate and look at poo.

2. Princess Polly Potty and Pirate Pete's Potty by Andrea Pinnington


potty training book
Princess Polly and Pirate Pete Potty are entertaining picture books that help parents struggling with potty training for toddlers aged 18+ months. Easily follow along with the fun pictures, showing little ones that even pirates and princesses have anxiety about using a potty. When your little one uses the potty correctly, they can press the 'cheer' button as a fun, noisy reward!

Age: 2-3 years

Price: £5.94

Why we love it: Having a bespoke guide for boys and girls is great for making your toddler feel special and we love the 'cheer' celebration button.

3. Pirate Pete and Princess Polly's Potty Sticker Book by Ladybird


potty sticker book
Pirate Pete and Princess Polly the best-selling, potty-training phenomenon come to life with an interactive sticker activity book. Follow them on her potty training adventure and join in by adding stickers to the story. With over 70 bright stickers, Princess Polly's Potty sticker activity book is perfect for helping little ones feel confident and motivated about using the potty.

Age: 2-3 years

Price: £3.59

Why we love it: Sticker books are a great way to motivate your little one and get them motivated and excited about moving on from nappies.

4. The Perfect Potty Zoo by Agnes Green


perfect potty zoo
Follow the antics of 27 very different animals from air, land, and sea as they all go to the potty in this beautifully imaginative rhyming ABC book. This great book teaches your child not only about potty training but helps them learn the alphabet at the same time. 

Age: 2-5 years

Price: £5.99

Why we love it: The menagerie of animals in the books will keep your little one engaged and entertained - plus it's alphabet themed for added learning points.

5. Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel


once upon a potty
These classic books on a timeless subject have been reinvented for a new generation. In 1975, Alona Frankel wrote and illustrated her first book, especially for her son Michael, on how to use the potty. These books for your little boy or girl have sold more than four million copies worldwide and help parents everywhere deal successfully with an often difficult challenge for the whole family.

Age: 1-3 years

Price: £5.35

Why we love it: This all-time favourite now comes as a board book, which means it can withstand more wear and tear.

6. On My Potty by Leslie Patricelli

on my potty
When you've got to go, you've got to go! But where? There comes a point in every toddler's life when the question must be raised – should I go in my potty? With pitch-perfect humour and pacing, this book follows one baby's thoughts and hilarious actions as they learn to use the potty for the first time.

Age: 1-3 years

Price: £5.94

Why we love it: This is a great first choice for a potty training book, the simplicity of dialogue is perfect for younger potty-trainees.

7. All Aboard the Toilet Train: A Noisy Bing book​

all aboard the toilet train
Join Bing on a toilet training adventure in this interactive sound book – perfect for encouraging young children to use the toilet with confidence. It can be scary at first, but with a little practice, your little one will be catching the Toilet Train in no time. They will love pressing the sound button and joining in the fun.

Age: 0-3 years

Price: £3.99 (kindle)
Why we love it: The noise button is a great way to engage your little ones when they're learning to potty train.

8. Where's the Poop? By Julie Markes


wheres the poop
This engaging and sweet, funny lift-the-flap book shows children that all creatures have a place to poop: tigers in the jungle, kangaroos in the outback, and monkeys in the rainforest. With this playful book, your child will see that they have a place to poop, too. 

Age: 3-8 years

Price: £6.99

Why we love it: Reviews say this book is great for older children who might be suffering with stool-holding.

9. Lulu's Loo by Camilla Reid


lulus loo
Join in with Lulu's toilet adventures as she learns how to use potties and proper loos. Lulu is given a special present by Mummy - her very own potty. After receiving a potty as a present from her Mum Lulu is sitting on her potty everywhere - in the kitchen, in her bedroom, in the playroom, even in the garden!

Age: 1-3 years

Price: £6.50

Why we love it: The interactive elements of the book are super unique and engaging.

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