Books for potty training

I Need a Wee!

Potty training is an important part of a pre-schooler’s life, and it can help to see a character in a book doing it too. It’s also important to have funny books to read when on the potty! Here is a selection of books that might encourage a young child to focus on toilet training.

  • Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    Pip is having so much fun at Posy's house that he forgets he needs a wee...

  • Miss Dotty’s Potty School

    Author: Tracey Corderoy Illustrator: Ali Pye
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 4-5
    Reading age: 7+

    This charming and reassuring picture book offers up gentle tips and guidance in a super child-friendly way for children starting out on their toilet training journey.

  • Super Pooper and Whizz Kid: Potty Power

    Author: Eunice and Sabrina Moyle
    Publisher: Abrams and Chronicle
    Interest age: 1-3

    Here’s a super fun board book that will add lots of laughter to the tricky topic of learning to use the potty. The bright and bold illustrations are modern and cool – no one will be embarrassed reading this book!

  • Poo in the Zoo

    Author: Steve Smallman Illustrator: Ada Grey
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 6+

    Zoo keeper Bob McGew calls in poo expert Hector Glopp when an iguana poops a big lime green poo.

  • Who's in the Loo?

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Adrian Reynolds
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    There's a queue for the loo and two increasingly desperate children need to get in. Who can be taking so long?

  • I Really Really Need A Wee

    Author: Karl Newson Illustrator: Duncan Beedie
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 2-3

    Whilst she's out and about, little Bush Baby suddenly really, REALLY needs a wee! A funny book that relates the universal experience of needing a wee and not being able to find anywhere to go, I Really Really Need a Wee reminds readers of the importance of going before you leave the house.

  • Poo Poo Bum Bum Wee Wee

    Author: Steven Cowell Illustrator: Erica Salcedo
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 2-3

    Designed to take the stress out of toilet training, Poo Poo Bum Bum Wee Wee has been made with one thing in mind: SILLINESS! Your child will be using the toilet confidently in no time (and singing the book’s toilet song). 

  • Put Your Botty on the Potty

    Author: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Pavilion
    Interest age: 2-5

    Little Moo Monster wants to be grown up, but he's still in nappies. Will he be ready for the potty-trained Monster Pant Party in time? This entertaining lift-the-flap book has a great message of encouragement for little ones outgrowing their nappies - and some very cheeky illustrations to enjoy!

  • Now Wash Your Hands!

    Author: Matt Carr
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 2-5

    Matt Carr’s sweet picture book is a useful one for little ones and would be perfect at school or at home as a fun reminder to wash our hands and keep nasty germs away.

  • Meekoo and the Big Red Potty

    Author: Camilla Reid Illustrator: Nicola Slater
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 1-3

    A cute and thoughtfully produced book that is non-gender specific and will make the potty an approachable concept for even the most sensitive child. There are also interactive buttons!

  • Don't Go There

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Hrefna Bragadottir
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3-5

    A little girl is excited when a Martian comes to play, but there's a problem - he's not toilet trained yet! Little ones will love this charming, funny story about learning to use the loo.

  • I Want My Potty!

    Author: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    The Little Princess hates nappies, and thinks there must be something better. This is classic picture book entertainment, which will be especially appreciated by any children who are learning to love their potty!

  • I Need a Wee!

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Alan the bear is having a fantastic time at the funfair until he starts dancing in that unmistakeable way and his friends have to help him find somewhere he can have a wee. But unfortunately there's nowhere to go, until Alan stumbles onto a stage and manages to win a most useful (and capacious) trophy.