We are at the very very VERY early stages of potty training over here. I will call this the subtle subliminal messaging phase. For now we are just talking about the potty and about someday not having a diaper. Part of my ok, not so subtle, plan is to read CJ books that are all about going potty. Sometimes I'll get him naked before his tubby, sit him on the toilet, and let him read his potty books. So, here are the best ones I've found so far.
My Big Boy Potty - This is a straightforward, this is what we are doing and why we are doing it type of book, but written in a way little ones can understand. Also comes in a Big Girl edition.
A Potty for Me!: A Lift-the-Flap Instruction Manual - Karen Katz is one of CJ and I's favorites! He loves her lift the flaps and the colorful pictures. This is a good book for showing that going on the big boy potty doesn't have to disrupt your day, you go potty, eat, play, sing, dance, go potty, eat, play, sing, etc. This one isn't specific to boys.
Pirate Potty - You all know we love pirates in our house, so this was a requirement. This one teaches the captain (your kiddo) what it is to sit upon the captain's chair, and learn to be a big boy pirate. They also have a Princess Potty for girls.
It's Potty Time-Boys - This one is CJ's favorite because on the front there is a little button. Every time he pushes the button it makes a flushing noise. Obviously this is hilarious for a little boy. It is a very sturdy board book. We keep it right next to the potty for him to read when he's waiting for pee to come.
Caillou: Potty Time - Ugh, Caillou. Thank God you can't hear him whining while reading this book. It is actually a really cute book, and is especially helpful if your child loves Caillou. Caillou gets a surprise from his mom, his very own potty. He makes some mistakes, but eventually learns what it means to use the potty.
Even Firefighters Go to the Potty: A Potty Training Lift-the-Flap Story - This is another great lift the flap book. It shows how everyone goes potty, even big strong manly firefighters. I love the illustrations of this one. The cover shows a little boy with his legs crossed and another squatting down, all trying to hold it in.
Elmo's Potty Book - If your child loves Elmo as much as CJ does, this book will be perfect. It is a look and find book, so on each page your child must look and find something. It is perfect for sitting them on the potty and letting them read. They'll be so focused on reading the book, they won't even notice when they start to tinkle in the potty.
Once Upon a Potty -- Boy - This book is a potty-training classic. Since it is kind of old-fashioned, the little boy actually pees in a pot. Hopefully your child won't actually think it is ok to go pee in a pot. Cj hasn't been confused by it so far, but we also don't have a lot of pots sitting around. This one uses silly word like pee-pee, poo-poo, and wee-wee. So if that isn't your preference, you might not want this book. It also comes in a Girl version.
The Potty Book: For Boys - This was the first one I got for CJ. The little boy Henry doesn't like that he has to wait to get his diaper changed before he does anything. Then one day he gets a special package in the mail - a potty! Henry then learns what it means to go on the potty and that he won't have to feel yucky in diapers anymore.
Potty - This one is so simply illustrated and just plain adorable. It explains how sometimes potty training can be boring, you just sit on the toilet and wait and wait and wait and wait. A really cute one for both boys and girls.