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Pottytime for Chickies by Janee Trasler

Potty Training Books for a Diaper-Free Existence

Nina Schuyler | The Children’s Book Review | April 23, 2014

Potty Talk: And Yes, Princesses Go Potty, Too

And then there’s potty training. It’s a world unto itself, with special videos, portable potties, stickers, colorful underwear, and, of course, books. But the pay-off is huge: a diaper-free existence. We’re big readers in our household, so why not read about it, too?

Pirate Potty by Samantha BergerPirate Potty 

By Samantha Berger, Illustrated by Amy Cartwright

For the pirate-loving kid, there’s Pirate Potty by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Amy Cartwright. The book reveals that pirates, indeed, use the potty. Fair warning: you might end up having to decorate your potty like the pirate’s potty, which is “black as night, with three Jolly Roger flags, two cannonballs, and one big X marks the spot!” The book comes with a paper pirate hat and small stickers, which you can use as rewards.

Ages 2-4 | Publisher: Cartwheel Books | Jan. 1, 2010 | ISBN 978-0545172950

Princess Potty by Samantha BergerPrincess Potty

By Samantha Berger, Illustrated by Amy Cartwright


The companion book to Pirate Potty, Princess Potty, by the same author and illustrator, comes with a tiara and “jewel” stickers.  And yes, princesses go potty, too. Her potty is “pink, with sparkles and glitters, and diamonds, and hearts, and stars, and smells like rose petals…for now.”

Ages 2-4 | Publisher: Cartwheel Books | Jan. 1, 2010 | ISBN 978-0545172967

Pottytime for Chickies by Janee TraslerPottytime for Chickies 

By Janee Trasler

Pottytime for Chickies by Janee Trasler dives into all the things a chick shouldn’t do when it heads into the bathroom. The bright yellow chicks jump into the toilet water–“Oh no, Chickies. Pat. Pat. Pat. Pottytime is NOT for that.” They rip up the toilet paper, leap off the toilet into a stack of towels. But by the end, they get it right.

Ages 2-4 | Publisher: HarperFestival | Jan. 28, 2014 | ISBN 978-0062274694

Potty Animals: What You've Gotta Know When You;ve Gotta GoPotty Animals: What to Know When You’ve Gotta Go!

By Hope Vestergaard, Illustrated by Valeria Petrone

If you’ve made it through the first hurdle of potty training, now comes potty etiquette. (You thought you were done?) Every animal in Potty Animals by Hope Vestergaard and illustrated by Valeria Petrone forgets to do something. The animals attend Sycamore Preschool and share a bathroom, and, boy, can it get messy. Wilbur forgets to wash his hands, and Wilma wants to keep playing, and sometimes she’s too late. Arnold misses the toilet bowl, Benji barges in. So here’s a way to remind your kid what do (and you’ve probably helped your preschool teacher, too).

Ages 4 and up | Publisher: Sterling | Mar. 2, 2010, 2010 | ISBN 978-1402759963

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<strong>Nina Schulyer’s</strong> new novel, <b><i>The Translator,</i></b><i> </i>has received starred reviews from Booklist and Shelf Awareness. Her first novel, <em>The Painting</em>, was nominated for the Northern California Book Award and was named a ‘Best Book’ by the San Francisco Chronicle. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco. For more information, visit her at <a href="http://www.ninaschuyler.com/">www.ninaschuyler.com</a>.

  • Fantastic selection of books for potty training, must stock up on a few as my youngest has just turned three and I cant wait to say good bye to Diapers! These books look fun and hopefully will get the message across to the little ones

    May 8, 2014
  • I’m with you on this! My son is nearing three and I, too, can’t wait to see the diaper gone. Good luck!

    May 8, 2014
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    September 13, 2014
  • Hi Jeannine,
    I’m happy to report my son, who is now 3 years and 3 months, is now potty trained. How? A combination of things: reading about it, practicing–letting him run around the house naked and taking him to the potty every 1/2 hour, and then he started to take himself to the potty. When he started preschool recently, his teachers helped him, too. He wore a sticker on his back–“Take me to the Potty.” (Sort of like, “Take me to your Leader,” I guess). I have to say, though, this process seemed to be on its own schedule.

    September 14, 2014

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