Potty training is an enormous milestone for everyone. Parents get to celebrate the end of diaper changes, and little kids get to take a giant leap out of babyhood and into the new world of being a big kid. But teaching your tyke to use the toilet isn’t always easy. To help, we've rounded up a collection of 11 books to help spark some excitement and explain a few key parts of the process. Your kiddo will be on their way to become a total whiz at doing their duty in no time!

Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi and illustrated by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum

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Everyone Poops is a classic potty training book that shows kids that all animals have to go number two. Kids will find endless humor as they flip the pages to see how animals deal with pooping. This book has beautiful, simple illustrations and clear language.  

The New Potty (Little Critter) by Mercer Mayer and Gina Mayer

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Potty training can be a whole family affair, as one Little Critter discovers in this heartwarming story. Little Sister is learning to use her new potty with the encouragement of her big brother, but it's a bumpy—and relatable—adventure. If your kids love the Little Critter series, then this is a must-have book for potty training. 

Potty by Leslie Patricelli 

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Potty is a simple-to-read board book about toilet training for toddlers. Its colorful pages encourage tots to ask themselves if they should go to the potty. Not all kids immediately understand the cues that tell them it’s time to go, but through humor, this tiny toilet tome helps kids start to listen to their bodies.

Potty Superhero: Get Ready for Big Boy Pants! by Parragon Books and illustrated by Mabel Forsyth

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If your child loves playing superheroes, then this might be the potty training book for you. With lots of high-flying adventure and a big, positive attitude, Potty Superhero: Get Ready for Big Boy Pants!—or alternatively, Potty Superhero: Get Ready for Big Girl Pants!—is a great motivator to help little kids get excited about ditching diapers and wearing big-kid underwear.  

Big Girls Use the Potty! by DK

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Potty training is a blast with this interactive book that includes a pull-out sticker chart to help your little one track their progress. With bright, rhyming text, Big Girls Use the Potty (or its counterpart, Big Boys Use the Potty) explains how to use the potty, wash your hands, and wear big kid underwear. 

We Poop on the Potty! by Little Grasshopper Books, Jim Harbison, Nicole Sulgit, and illustrated by Jean Claude

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We Poop on the Potty! won the prestigious The Mom's Choice Awards, making this a top pick potty training book for kids. The story uses humor and bright art to show kids how animals all over the world poop, while making it clear that that humans poop in a toilet. It’s also available as an interactive app for iPhone and Android that includes games and puzzles for kids.  

Sesame Street’s Potty Time with Elmo Potty Training Sound Book by Editors of Phoenix International Publications 

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Everyone's favorite furry red monster teaches his doll, Baby David, how to use the potty in this fun toddler book about toilet training. Plus, seven buttons to add some fun sound effects to the story. More than 2.3 million kids have enjoyed this classic.  

Super Pooper and Whizz Kid: Potty Power! by Sabrina Moyle, illustrated by Eunice Moyle

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Super Pooper and Whizz Kid is a super funny book about potty training that should bring littles lots of laughs as they learn. With high energy, this book shows kids how to notice when they feel like they have to go, what to do in a bathroom, and how to celebrate when they’re all done. 

How Do You Know You Need To Go? by Wendy Hayden

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How do you know when you might need to visit the bathroom? That’s the question this potty training book answers for tots. It’s ideal for kiddos who struggle to go to the bathroom because they hold it too long, are constipated, or have accidents.  

From Chewing to Pooing: Food’s Journey Through Your Body to the Potty by Lauren Gehringer and Natalie Gehringer, illustrated by Maile McCarthy

 From Chewing to Pooing book cover

This potty training book demystifies digestion and helps little readers make the connection between the food they eat and what they excrete through kid-friendly illustrations and explanations. It may be especially helpful for tykes who are nervous about going number two.

Slip & Slide Potty Ride! by Jennifer Leroux

Slip & Slide Potty Ride book cover

This playful potty training book uses colorful cartoons, rhyming words, and an accompanying song to take the pressure off kids. It was written by a twin mom during her own toilet troubles—lending it extra cred with potty-training parents!

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