Introduction:Potty training is an important step in a child's life; both for the child and for the parents. Here are the top five books for children and their parents both before and during potty training.
There are a lot of great books out there that feature fun characters that children already know. My top picks of these are "Potty Time with Elmo," "Too Big for Diapers," and "Potty Time with Abby," all featuring characters from Sesame Street and "Dora's Potty Book" featuring Dora from Dora the Explorer (which also comes in a Spanish version: "El entrenamiento de Dora").
Some potty training books come in two versions (one for boys, one for girls). My top picks for these types of books are "My Big Girl Potty" ("My Big Boy Potty") by Joanna Cole and Maxie Chambliss, "Once Upon a Potty" (for boys or for girls) by Alona Frankel, and "It's Potty Time!" (which actually comes in 4 variations: Boy, Girl, African American Boy and African American Girl).
A classic book about going potty. It really gets the message across in a way that is surprisingly not ridiculous; though it does often still evoke some chuckles. This book is great because it talks about other animals pooping, pooping at different stages in development, and about how pooping is totally natural, so we shouldn't be ashamed to do it. As gross as the book may seem to some, it is important to note that it can be a very useful tool in the potty training process; especially for kids who are embarrassed or ashamed to go #2.
Songs and rhymes can really be useful in the learning process (as a music teacher, I am an expert in this!) So, to me, it only seems right that some song and rhyme potty training books appear on this list. My top picks? "On Top of the Potty and Other Get-up-and-Go Songs," by Alan Katz and David Catrow and "Tinkle Tinkle Little Tot: Songs and Rhymes for Toilet Training" (Songbook and CD) by Bruce Lansky and Catherine Blake.
This instructional and entertaining pop-up book would be a great addition to the potty training book arsenal. Not only does it help to teach a child the steps of "going potty" but it also gives them something entertaining to do while they are waiting and waiting on the potty (as they may sometimes have to do.)
A book (or several books) on potty training will not provide everything you need to teach this valuable skill to your child. That being said, books can be a very valuable tool or resource during the potty training process.
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