21 Children’s Books That Celebrate LGBT Families

books about same sex marriage All families should be celebrated, all children should have a chance to see their family represented in picture books, and all children should be taught that families come in so many different combinations. Every year in June I post a book list filled with LGBT positive books as an easy to access resource for anyone who needs it.  Every year I get emails, facebook posts, and comments telling me why it is wrong to write this list. The thing is this list isn’t about me, or the people I make mad by publishing it, it’s about the kids. The kids that are made to feel shame when they should feel pride, the children who are unable to find books that represent the family they love so very much, and the kids that need books to act as a window to new understanding. Here is my list of 21 positive children’s books about LBGT families.

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uncle bobby's wedding

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen is a sweet book about a little guinea pig Chloe and her issues with her uncle getting married. Now you might think that the issues are around the fact that he’s marrying another male guinea pig but that’s not it at all. The issues are about how close Chloe is to Uncle Bobby and how she doesn’t want that to change. This is a great book that normalizes same-sex weddings and focuses instead on the things that matter most to the children- how they are going to be affected.

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ABC A Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs is a great alphabet book that doesn’t aim to explain same-sex families it just includes them. I love that it’s not out to explain because the families in this book are just being families. The book goes through all different things families do together and there is a big mix of same-sex parents, single parents, and bi-racial families all doing their thing… being together!

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10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert is a story about a little boy who doesn’t feel like a little boy and dreams of the most amazing dresses every night. He tries to tell his family about his dreams, but they brush them off reminding Bailey he is a boy and boys shouldn’t dream of dresses. His family is NOT accepting at all and you must know that. For me, I saw this as an opportunity to talk about adversity. What I love about this book is that while the narrator refers to Bailey as she all of Bailey’s family refers to Bailey as a boy. Only Laurel an older girl who accepts Bailey as she views herself calls her a girl. While my 3 year old is too young to get the various levels of this book she understands that it’s OK for people to dress how they want and my 7-year-old is old enough to understand that gender is not always black and white. The book itself is amazingly creative and a great book about acceptance even if you don’t dive head first into a discussion about transgender issues with your kids they will still like it.

Molly's Family

Molly’s Family by Nancy Garden had both my kids captivated when I read it to them at lunch yesterday. The story is about Molly who is in kindergarten and after she draws a picture at school of her two moms she is faced with a classmate telling her she can’t have two moms. There are many things I love about this book but most of all it is the adult reactions to this child saying it’s not possible that drew me in. Molly’s classmate that was sure two moms was simply impossible wasn’t told that he was wrong instead the teacher discussed how different every family was and how Molly’s was just as much a family has his or any other. I loved even more how Molly became shy about displaying her drawing because it gave me a chance to talk to my 6-year-old about the power of words and not listening to others and how dismissing people can hurt . I also loved how the next day the little boy who was so sure that two moms weren’t possible was totally cool with it. He just didn’t know it was a possibility and I think that is a good reminder for why books like this matter.

 

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Red: A Crayon’s Story by Micheal Hall is my new favorite book. It made me cry the first two times I read it with my children because it’s so beautiful. All crayons come with a label but is that label always, right? Red came from the factory with a red outside but even when he tried, and trust me he tried, all he could do was color blue. It’s not until he is asked by purple to draw him a blue ocean that he finally finds a place where he belongs.

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King and King by Linda de Haan is a fairytale and a funny one at that. The queen is old and cranky and wants her son to take over the kingdom, but he must be married to do so. He tells her he’s not really into princesses, but Mama doesn’t take the hint. After finding fault with every princess presented to him, he falls in love at first sight with a prince and they live happily ever after. I like the whimsical illustrations and my kids thought the prince was funny. My son thought the book had a twist at the end with the princes falling in love, but just like the queen in the story there was no debate over why. I like that this book uses the familiar fairytale structure to make an important statement about the existence of same-sex marriage and can be a great ice breaker to talk about it with your kids.

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I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel is a book all about Jazz a real life little girl who is transgender. The book is a wonderful introduction to what being transgender means on a level children can related to. In my experience children accept Jazz and her story easily. There might be some giggles but after the initial” Wow, I never knew that was possible.” they just see a kid being a kid.

jacob's new dress

Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman is about Jacob who likes to wear dresses.  Unlike Bailey in 10, 000 dresses Jacob is accepted by the majority of his peers and family. His parents encourage him to be himself cautiously and I liked that throughout the story his parents softened their stance as Jacob became more confident about how he felt and how he’d handle teasing. Jacob was teased but he was also accepted which makes this book a great discussion starter with any child whether they have a child in their school who may dress in gender non-conforming ways or a family member who is transgendered. Not all boys who wear dresses are going to identify as transgendered or gay and this book doesn’t say they will, instead it says to be yourself whoever that may be.

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My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis has been talked about so much I think I had inflated expectations. Don’t get me wrong I think the message is so important and the book does a good job at introducing readers to her son who is different , to how he gets hurt when people laugh at him and how great his family is at accepting him. I like how simply blunt  the book is and it should be because the lesson should be about acceptance and allowing people, especially children to express their true self. I think I was expecting more of a story even though I knew it was non fiction. It opened a great dialog with my 5-year-old son about how he would treat a male friend if they wanted to dress in a dress- good discussion at our house , worth the read for sure!

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The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy is a wonderful early chapter book about a family with 4 adopted sons and two dads. What I love about this book is that in a subject matter that is so often shared more with girls it seems this book makes no bones about being aimed at boys. Girls will like it to, but elementary aged boys are its target. I know because my son is gobbling it up! It’s not just about having two dads, it’s more about how no family is ever perfect, how making mistakes is part of growing up, and all the trouble four boys and one imaginary jaguar can get into.

Everywhere Babies

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee .This book celebrates all sorts of babies and all the every day things babies do. My daughter points out all the babies on each page as I read the rhyming text . So maybe you are thinking ” What’s so great about babies and text that rhymes?” nothing, that isn’t what makes this book so awesome. I love this book because of it’s diversity, inclusion, and acceptance of all babies and families. The illustrations are full of depictions of all sorts of families showering their smallest most precious member with love . What I adore about the diversity of the illustrations is that readers are left to put whatever assumption we wish on the families in the book. What I assumed were two mommies my husband thought was a husband and wife, I thought a lady was a grandma and my son said it was just a older mom. This is why I love this book, my daughter doesn’t see why this message is outstanding, what she does see is all sorts of happy babies in all sorts of families being the norm and this is the world we want her to know.

donovan's big day

Donovan’s Big Day by Leslea Newman is a book about Donovan’s day leading up to being the ring bearer at his moms’ wedding. The book does a fantastic job at showing that children in same sex families are just like children in any family. This day is a big day for Donovan but before he hands them the rings and kisses the brides he has a bunch of other things to do. I adore the illustrations by Mike Dutton and how he brings this little boy to life. Like so many of these books this book is not about politics it’s about a family celebrating a special day.

Heather Has Two Mommies

Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman was widely banned when it was first released. It is probably the best known picture book about a family with same sex parents . When you read it the first thing you will probably think is that it doesn’t live up to the banning. I always imagine banned books to be truly out there and this book is about a family with a doctor , a carpenter and their daughter. Heather is starting a new school and she is nervous and exploring all the possibilities of what a family looks like just as her classmates are. She recognizes that her family is different but not less than. The illustrations are black and white and a little dated but the story is on the right track.

Mommy, Mama and Me

Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa Newman is a book about everyday life of a family with two moms. What I love about this book is that it showcases parts of the day that young toddlers through preschoolers can relate to easily. They have bath time, they go to the park, they cook dinner, in other words they are a family like any with a small child. My son loved this book and related easily to the baby in the book and to the experiences that they share.The book makes no political statement, no explanation of two mommies and it shouldn’t, it’s a book targeted to toddlers about one loving family and nothing more. There is also a version with two dads called Daddy, Papa, and Me .

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A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager is a book about a little girl with two daddies. She is playing with a friend who is asking her how it works to have two daddies. He asks her the type of questions any young child might and she answers them as they play together. I like this book  because it addresses the sorts of questions young kids have about same sex families and most of all it explains how similar all families really are no matter who is a part of it. I love that the illustrations are done from the perspective of the young children only showing the adults from about knee level and down. Cute, bright book and my daughter loves it.

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A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager got my kids out of their seats at the table and glued next to me because they wanted to be that close to the illustrations by Mike Blanc . They were so vibrant and the perspective was so great that both my kids ( 6 and 3 ) were immediately smitten. The story is great too, it’s really a collection of questions from two friends asking a third about how his family with two mommies work. Sometimes adults go straight for the deep big issues when really kids just want to know which mom is the one to coach little league and which one bakes cakes. The overall feeling readers are left with is that this little boy’s life isn’t all that different at all.

The Family Book

The Family Book by Todd Parr is a book that doesn’t give readers a narrow definition of family , it doesn’t say that your family has to look a certain way, or be the same as your neighbors. As a teacher I really appreciated the matter of fact way it embraced diversity. It makes mention of some families having two moms or two dads in the same vein as all the other similarities and differences. Kids see that families are not all like theirs and it’s important to validate the truth while recognizing that while families may not all look alike, all families are made with love. Great book , cute illustrations ,and children love it.

 

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This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman is the first picture book I have ever read that is all about an LGBT Pride parade. I loved the book and both my children loved the illustrations. If you have never been to a pride parade read this book to see what you are missing, I took my son to the pride parade in San Francisco when we lived there in 2007 and it was amazing. Children can learn a lot from experiencing the joy and community of a pride parade, learning that just marching in a parade like this was once impossible. There are families and children at the parade and that gives parents and opportunity to teach their own children who might be unfamiliar with pride why they are there.

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In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco is a lovely story of a family of two moms, three kids, and a big house in Berkley California that was witness to their years and years of love. Like many families that don’t fit the “normal” stereotype these two moms and their kids faced opposition. The illustrations in this book show so well the emotions any parent would experience when an angry adult was threatening their family with children present. This book is about love, it is a window into a family that might be similar to yours or very different but one thing this family has in common with every family is the love that holds it together.

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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson is a much debated book. It’s the true story of two male penguins in central park zoo who didn’t have any interest in the girl penguins but definitely liked each other. When the zoo keepers noticed that they were in every way a matched pair they also noticed that they prepared for a baby just like the other penguins. Time after time they were sad until they were given an egg to care for. Just like all families love and care is what matters when creating a family and baby Tango and his two daddies have thrived . My son loved this book and asked me to please go see the penguins when I was in NYC. I didn’t have time to but I wish I had. Their story simplifies a very debated topic and I think it’s a great book not only to explain how all families are different but also how love and care are really what makes a family even for penguins.

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Daddy’s Roommate by Micheal Willhoite is a little different from the other books in this list in that the child in the book has a mommy, a daddy ,an d daddy also has a roommate. The book was written in 1990 and even though we don’t often hear “roommate” as a euphemism for partner or boyfriend anymore but in 1990 is was probably more common. That aside the book does a good job of explaining what this little boys life is like. Bug catching, reading, scary dreams… it’s pretty average stuff but he has three adults to care for him. I also like that the boy’s parents are divorced which will be something many readers will connect with. The books explanation of what gay means is really simple and perfect for the books audience. I do think that the pictures are dated but I don’t think kids will pick up on that as much as adults will.

 

Are we missing a book you think should be added to the list? Leave a comment and let us know so we can check it out!

27 Books I Can’t Wait To Read This Summer

27 books to read this summer from no time for flash cardsThis school year has been insane. I went back to teaching a year before I intended to but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a dream job that I loved even more than I thought I would. Keeping up with that, the blog ( my other dream job) , writing a book, training and running a marathon, and spending time with my incredibly awesome and quirky family has left very little time for something I really really love, reading. This summer while school is out I am going to read like crazy! Read with my kids, read on the treadmill, at the soccer field, on the plane, and hopefully at the beach!

These are the books on my must read list. I haven’t read them yet, I can’t vouch for them, but I can tell you I am excited to crack them open! I have picture books and early chapter books for kids, YA for teens ( but I will totally be reading these, I have an inexplicable love affair with YA ) and books  for adults too. We have fiction and non-fiction on each list, some books will be published this summer, and others aren’t new, just new to me. Age suggestions are just guidelines, you know your child best!

I am begging you to add your MUST read titles in comments or on our Facebook Page.

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Picture Books I Can’t Wait To Read This Summer

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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole  by Max Barnett
Journey by Aaron Becker
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dykeman
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
Meet the Dullards by Sara Pennypacker
I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
What Pet Should I Get? (Classic Seuss) Dr.Seuss

 

Chapter Books To Read With Your Kids This Summer

EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS SUMMER

El Deafo by Cece Bell ( grade 2+)
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
The Year of Billy Miller Kevin Henkes
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai ( grade 3+ )
Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes (A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Guide) by Rick Riordan ( non-fiction)
Quinny & Hopper by Adriana Brad Schanen ( grade 1+ )
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (grade 5 +)

 

YA Novels for Teens and Adults

YA NOVELS TO READ THIS SUMMER

The Heir (The selection Book 4) Kiera Cass
The Eye of Minds (Mortality Doctrine, Book One) James Dashner
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Legend (A Legend Novel, Book 1) Marie Lu
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) Marissa Meyer
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Books For Adults To Read This Summer

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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel Harper Lee
After You: A Novel by JoJo Moyes
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley

Find Great Children’s Books On Pinterest

book lists for kidsAs many of you know I love children’s books. We read a lot and share the books with you and even match great activities to the books. Check out our Read & Make posts for activities that match favorite picture books.

One place I have been going to share our book lists as well as find book lists for myself , especially when I am lesson planning is Pinterest. I LOVE Pinterest for lesson planning. I wanted to share a board I have been building JUST for book lists. There are lists from No Time For Flash Cards, Scholastic Raise A Reader blog, and so many other great book bloggers.

Check out my Book Lists For Kids on Pinterest hereto find great children’s books !!

58 Books Every Preschool Class MUST have

must have books for preschool class libraries Now that I am back in the classroom teaching I see first hand how useful blogs like mine and so many others are for early childhood educators who are planning lessons. With that in mind I decided to bring together my top books every preschool class must have. I would have loved for this list to be a perfect catchy number like 50 or 75 but my list ended at 58. It was hard to break it down to such a small list of my personal must have books. I know that you will have many titles to add so feel free to leave a comment with the titles you use in your class.

 

Alphabet Books

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Animalia by Graham Base

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Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlertalphabet under construction

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

 

Awesome Read Aloud Books

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Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

something from nothingSomething From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman

 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

I love you stinky face

I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

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Mortimer  by Robert Munsch

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The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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Press Here by Herve Tullet

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!by Mo Willems

 

Books About Colors

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Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert

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Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo LionniBrown Bear Brown Bear

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

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Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

 

Counting Books

Big Fat Hen

Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

Granny Went To Market

Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone

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Goodnight Moon 123 by Margaret Wise Brownfish eyes

Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Elhert

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Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

 

Books About Emotions, Separation Anxiety and Social Learning

the way I feel

The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

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It’s Mine! by Leo Lionni

Elmer

Elmer by David McKee

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It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr

kissing hand

The Kissing Hand by Audry Penn

No David

No, David! by David Shannon

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Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea

Owl Babies

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

 

Rhyming Books

( many other books included in other sections also rhyme)
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!by Karen Beaumont

how big is a pig

How Big Is a Pig? by Claire Beaton

My trucks is stuck

My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis

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One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

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Hop on Pop  by Dr.Seuss

seuss mr brown can mooMr. Brown Can Moo, Can You  by Dr.Seuss 

 

Shape Books

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My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall

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Perfect Square by Michael Hallmouse shapes

Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

 

Thematic Books

(There are so many more books but these are my favorites) 

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On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets by Michael Dahl (space/counting)

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Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton (dinosaurs)

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The Mitten   by Jan Brett (winter)

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Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown (farm)

House For A Hermit Crab

A House for Hermit Crab  by Eric Carle (sea life/ months of the year)

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (days of the week,nutrition, bugs)

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Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino (animals/families)

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The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (weather/winter) 

 

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Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

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Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee (families)The Family Book

The Family Book by Todd Parr (families)

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From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer (spring/pond life/life cycles)

Our Stars

Our Stars by Anne Rockwell (space)

Dinosaur Roar

Dinosaur Roar! Board Book by Paul and Henrietta Stickland (dinosaurs/opposites) 

Leaves

Leaves by David Ezra Stein (fall)

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I Love Bugs!by Phileomon Sturges (bugs)

Firefighter Frank

Firefighter Frank by Monica Wellington (fire safety/community helpers)

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Big Earth, Little Me by Thom Wiley (Earth day/nature)

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Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha (community helpers)

 

I KNOW you have titles to add. So leave a comment with your must haves or swing by No Time For Flash Cards on Facebook and tell me there!

Books For Potty Training

potty training books Potty training is not always easy. In fact it’s often a source of serious stress for parents and kids. One of the best resources you have other than a lot of role playing and praise are books. These books are all wonderful ways to help your child make the transition from diapers to underwear and become independent in the bathroom. While I often reassure families that no child has gone to college in Buzz Lightyear pull ups, I know all too well the feeling of worrying that they just might be the first. Use books as a way to break the ice, ease up on the pressure, and even make it fun!

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potty training books It Hurts When I Poop! a Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty by Howard J. Bennet was a life saver for us. Many kids start holing their poop after one painful one, and that happened here and we went from no issues to fussing, fighting the potty and finally he admitted he was scared it will hurt. Of course holding it made that worse but try to explain that to a frightened toddler. This book was amazing. The story is long, I skipped some text with my son , but read it all for myself since it’s packed with awesome information for parents too! The book explains digestion, why it hurts and how to make it better on a kids level as well as in more detail for parents. I can’t recommend this more for parents who’s children have hit this very common but very distressing problem.

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The Potty Book for Girls by Alyssa Satin Capucilli is a favorite of my son. He loved this book, and when I got it back out of the library to write this post he immediately wanted me to read it. The text rhymes, the pictures are sweet and honest . I think what my son loves so much is that it shows the challenges, she wets herself, she pees on the floor and her parents are encouraging and positive. There is also a companion book The Potty Book – For Boys which interestingly my son had no interest in reading.

books about potty training Oh No, Gotta Go #2! by Susan Middleton Elya was an instant hit with my 3 year old. He relates perfectly to the little girl who is off to the park with her parents to have a picnic and ride her trike when all of a sudden she feels it… she needs to poop!  Whether you are in the middle of potty training or at the stage where times like these still occur your child will probably love this book. My son needs little help in the potty these days but absolutely gets that panicked look when he knows he needs to go but isn’t sure where or if there is a potty. Parents will giggle at the her parent’s reaction of grabbing her off her trike,  running, throwing keys to each other and their panic. Also this book is bilingual, with Spanish words threaded into a mostly English text. Don’t worry if you don’t read Spanish there is a quick pronunciation guide at the start of the book.

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Everybody Poops by Taro Gomi is a classic potty training book and while some parents may see it as gross it is actually a really useful book. This book lets children see what is expected with poop. Animals poop outside, sometimes on the go, but kids poop on the potty. It’s simplicity is genius and kids love it.

A Potty For Me

A Potty for Me!: A Lift-the-Flap Instruction Manual by Karen Katz is a great introduction to potty training. If your toddler is showing interest but neither you nor they are ready to go head first into underwear yet this lift-the-flap book is a great way to play with the idea and concepts of using a potty.

Have you Seen My Potty?

Have You Seen My Potty? Mij Kelly is such a cute book. A little girl on a farm has lost her potty and goes looking for it , asking all the animals if they have seen it. They don’t know what a potty is but have discovered this awesome poo pot that is keeping their farm so much cleaner since figuring out how to use it. My son laughed hysterically through the funny rhyming text and so did I . Making the potty a fun thing is really beneficial and this book does just that!

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Big Girl Panties by Fran Manushkin is a great board book for little girls making the transition to undies. The rhyming text helps our readers see that they are big girls now and one of the best things about being big is getting to wear panties. The fun illustrations help make this a fun low pressure book about potty training for girls.

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Zoo Poo: A First Toilet Training Book (Barron’s Educational Series)
by Richard Morgan is another book that encourages kids to use the potty because that’s just what humans do. Readers get to see all kinds of animals poop and then the little child who of course uses they potty. My daughter LOVED this book. I think she likes anything with babies in it and the child in this book looks very much like a baby. This is a good book for the starting stages of potty training.

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I Have To Go! (Classic Munsch) by Robert Munsch isn’t just a fun potty training book it’s a fun anytime book. The story is about a little boy who says he doesn’t need to go until whatever activity is underway and then he does and it’s a huge emergency! The book pokes fun at meddling grandparents and at the frustration parents feel too. It’s a funny book with Munsch’s special brand of absurdity that kids adore.

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Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea is the reason my voice has been hoarse for days. My kids love, no ADORE this book.  My son who is 5 is in stitches every time we read it and my daughter who is 2  reaches for it time and time again. The thing about this book is you must read it with gusto for it to reach it’s full potential because it’s story isn’t deep it’s really just about a destructive dinosaur who doesn’t go pee when he should. Sound familiar? Kind of  like little kids who dump toys, bang and stomp and deny that they have to use the potty until the very last minute. It struck a chord at our house and I have a hunch it may at yours too.

Even Firefighters Use The Potty

Even Firefighters Go to the Potty: A Potty Training Lift-the-Flap Story by Wendy and Naomi Wax is another favorite of my son but I wasn’t as impressed. It’s hard my son loved it and since he loves Firefighters, Policemen etc.. knowing they use the potty too was great motivation for him. My concern was that there were very few women in this book. I think it’s important to show women being astronauts , police officers, and construction workers. The text was funny, the flaps were fun to reveal but I am on the fence, even though my son loved it. * Edited for 2015 My daughter also liked this book but I again noticed the lack of diversity. So it gets to votes from the kids and none from me.

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Time to Pee!
by Mo Willems is a rad potty training book that any Mo Willems fan will love. You don’t have to be a fan of this author illustrator to like this book that focuses mostly on what kids need to do when they get that full bladder feeling. This is important because kids can stay dry with help but making the choice to stop playing and going to pee is a whole other issue with potty training. Through unique humor the book encourages kids to be independent and listen to their bodies when it’s time to pee.