If you are looking for books about poop, you are not alone! As a veteran early childhood teacher, I have known many toddlers who won’t go poop on the potty during the potty training process. And not just toddlers. There are preschoolers who struggle with this too. This is only for a season though, so be encouraged!! And if you’re looking for more comprehensive help, check out our potty training course, Peaceful Potty Training.
You are smart to add some poop books to your potty training toolbox. We have lots of other potty training resources to help you out, too! Check out our potty training songs, insight about when to potty train, and tips for potty training a 3-year-old.
One of the most helpful resources for potty training is to use a visual chart and schedule! Eliminate nagging and constant reminders with fun visuals for children that prompt them to use the bathroom at the appropriate time. Grab your own visual schedule for your child.
Books About Poop
Do potty training books about poop help a child who won’t go poop in the potty? They do for some!
There are two main reasons that children don’t want to go poop in the toilet:
- They are scared to go poop on the toilet
- It hurts when they go poop on the potty
If children are afraid to go poop on the potty (a very real fear), reading books about how to go poop is very helpful. We can’t forget that these kids are still learning about their own bodies. Once they understand the connection, going poop into the potty becomes routine.
Make sure to acknowledge your child’s fears or feelings and let these poop books work their magic. Also, give them a bit of privacy and allow them enough time to make this possible. Our potty training visual schedule is a great way to get them excited about this and to know when it is best for our body to poop.
If your child is in pain when they go poop on the potty, the process could take months to work through. Especially if you are dealing with constipation. This can also lead to fear as well. However, once the pain is gone and there are healthy stools, your child will learn that they DO actually feel better after they go poop in the toilet.
Our potty training course goes into more detail about this and how to work through it.
Potty Training Poop Books
Here are some of our top picks for books about poop. They are perfect for helping a toddler poop on the potty. Even for helping a 3-year-old who won’t go poop on the toilet. Or helping a child of any age poop on the potty. If you are in search of more potty training books for kids, we have those too!
We Poop on the Potty by Little Grasshopper Books
Everyone poops. Animals do too! This book is great for starting the potty training adventure. Your little one will be amazed to learn that animals poop in very different ways and even in unusual places (like underwater)! Then learn how and where humans should poop.
It Hurts When I Poop: A Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty by Howard Bennet
If you have a little one who has anxiety about going poop on the toilet, this book is for you! It’s written by a pediatrician and designed for young children who relate the pain of having bowel movements to the toilet. It’s ideal for children who have become stubborn poopers. The character in the story, Ryan, visits a doctor who helps him learn that he is the ‘boss of his body.’ Ryan can make going on the toilet pain-free!
Where’s the Poop by Julie Markes
This engaging lift-the-flap story will encourage your little one to find the poop on each page. Tigers, monkeys, pandas too! Everyone poops! This book is fun and an easy read. It gently reminds young children that we have a place to poop too, the toilet!
Dash’s Bellyache by Wendy Hayden
With the simple storyline, this book is ideal for your littlest one who is struggling with constipation or tummy troubles. Dash eats special “poo candy” to help him go pain-free and enjoy the go! A great story for your little animal lover that really helps take some of the fear out of using the toilet.
Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi
With super simple text and bright illustrations, this is the perfect book for teaching little ones that everyone poops! Learn about all types of animals and the places that they poop, while reminding your child that we poop on the potty. Your child will be surprised by the sheer size of elephant poo and want to compare their own – on the potty!
“Bloop, Bloop” Goes the Poop by Temara Moore
What to do when you feel your tummy rumbling and making all sorts of noises? It’s time to “Bloop, Bloop” in the toilet! This humorous poop book helps your child learn to leave the toys and books, rush to the toilet and listen for the special sound of a job well done.
From Chewing to Pooing: Food’s Journey Through Your Body to the Potty by Lauren Gehringer
Help your little wonderer answer the question, “Where does poo come from?” This informative rhyming book is great for helping young children understand WHY we need to poo and how complex and magical our bodies really are. Once little ones understand that eating more plants helps our bodies poop with ease, they will be much more interested in eating their veggies!
We hope that if you have a preschooler or toddler who is afraid to poop on the potty that one of these books about poop will help them understand their bodies more so that they can feel comfortable trying it.
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Thank you for these recommendations! Which one would you recommend for an almost 3 year old who doesn’t understand how to poop in the potty? He understands how to make pee come out of his body when he’s on the potty, but he doesn’t know/understand where poop comes out. Been trying to talk to him about it, but I think a book that shows how it works would help!
Katie T. Christiansen says
Hi Stephanie! This is definitely common for many kids. When they pee, they release, but when it comes to poop, it’s a different process of pushing. I think “From Chewing to Pooing” would be a great fit for him. Best wishes to you both!