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Bath Time: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about bath time?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to bath time. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about bath time.

Our list includes board books and picture books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about bath time, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Time for a Bath to popular sellers like The Pigeon Needs a Bath! to some of our favorite hidden gems like Little Oink.

We hope this list of kids books about bath time can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

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Little Oink
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Little Oink is a neat little fellow. Clean, clean, clean, that's all he wants to do. But Mama and Papa won't have it! They say in order to be a proper pig he has to learn to make a proper mess. What's a little pig to do? Now available as a board book, Little Oink shows Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace applying their traditionally wry humor to the issue of cleaning up, in a laugh-out-loud romp that is sure to make readers giggle with recognition.
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Something Smells!
Written by Blake Liliane Hellman & illustrated by Steven Henry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Elliot wakes up one morning to the most terrible smell. But what could it be? Find out in this gentle introduction to hygiene that’s stinkin’ adorable! One morning, Elliot wakes up and smells something awful. Is it the trash? No… The dog? No… Dad? His sister? The baby? Grandma’s famous gerfartzenschanffel? No, no, no, and no! Elliot searches high and low for the something that smells, but he just can’t find it, and it’s driving him and his nostrils crazy. Almost as bad, now his mother wants him to take a bath, which means taking off his super cool skeleton costume that he’s been wearing since Halloween! The funny thing is, after Elliot finishes his bath and Mom puts his costume in the wash, something doesn’t smell anymore…
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Bath! Bath! Bath!
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Bath time is fun! fun! fun! in this playful board book! Today we had such fun! fun! fun! But now the day is done! done! done! After a fun-filled day, it's time to go home and take a bath! From washing tiny toes and your little nose to making rubber ducky go quack! quack! quack!, bath time is fun! fun! fun! The rhyming text makes this the perfect read-along story to get little ones excited for bath time.
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Bathtime for Twins
Written by Ellen Weiss & illustrated by Sam Williams
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Bathtime fun, times two! An adorable duo heads for the tub in this board book companion to Playtime for Twins. Splashy, sploshy, splish. We are little fish! A delightful set of twins show what a blast bathtime can be in this playful board book. Expect grins and giggles from little ones as these funny siblings splash, have tea, play peek-a-boo, and more, until it’s time to say “good night.” Bubbly, rhyming text from Ellen Weiss and soft, charming illustrations by Sam Williams bring this playful story to life.
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Time for a Bath
Written by Phillis Gershator & illustrated by David Walker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
No matter what kind of messes a little bunny experiences through the day, bath time makes things fresh and new.
When Your Lion Needs a Bath book
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Bathtime book
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Maisy Takes a Bath book
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Dive In! book
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  • When Your Lion Needs a Bath - When your lion needs a bath, you have to be pretty sneaky! This charming and hilarious board book highlights the many ways to get your lion into that tub! Does your lion need a bath? When your lion needs a bath, you must be a little sneaky. After all, have you ever met a cat who likes water? So gather up your towels and rubber ducks and get that lion into the tub! But be careful…or you just might end up in the bath, too!

  • Bathtime - For many young children (and sometimes their parents), bathtime is a chore. Kids can think of a million things they’d rather be doing than take a bath. The latest title in the Pull and Play Books(TM) series provides reassurance and support through gently humorous situations, showing children that bathtime is not only essential but oodles of fun! Children will identify with the feelings voiced by Little Crocodile and his friends- whether it’s keeping their hair dry or not wanting to stop playing. Using pull tabs to control the changing pictures, young readers are empowered to apply their newly learned knowledge to their own experiences. Look, Mom and Dad, no more tears!

  • Maisy Takes a Bath - Very young children will go crazy for Maisy — and bathtubs! Maisy and her friends act out the lively adventures young children have — or dream of having — every day. In Maisy Takes a Bath, Tallulah doesn’t want Maisy to take a bubble bath just now. She wants her to come out and play instead. What will Maisy’s friend do next? Here’s another very good reason to be crazy for Maisy!

  • Dive In! - It’s a busy day on the construction site, and these industrious mice are up to something big! But what are they working on? Bold, colorful illustrations and recognizable vehicles with moving parts add to the fun, with hidden clues for the careful observer. Is that red paint . . . or red sauce? Is that a construction pit . . . or a drain? Children will delight in guessing their way to the end, when the final spread reveals a carefully constructed surprise. It’s favorite vehicles meet lunchtime and bathtime in these novelty board books with interactive mechanisms.

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Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg
Written by Lori Mortensen & illustrated by Michael Allen Austin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Cowpoke Clyde’s house was completely clean—he’d even shooed off the horseflies: “Then right behind his cookin’ pot, / he spied one thing he’d plumb forgot: / ol’ Dawg, his faithful, snorin’ friend, / all caked with mud from end to end.” Needless to say, Dawg wakes up and runs. The chase that follows—with page-turn surprises—makes for a hilarious shaggy-dog story involving fleas, a hog, bribery, cats, deception, and a mule. The rhyming stanzas are pitch-perfect, Texas-style, and plumb near cry out to be read aloud. Austin’s expressive acrylic and colored-pencil caricatures of Cowpoke Clyde and his menagerie are priceless. A storytime shoo-in!
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Grumpy Pants
Written & illustrated by Claire Messer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Have you ever had a grumpy day and not known why? Penguin is having a grumpy day like that. No matter what he does, he just can't shake it! Sometimes the only thing left to do is wash the grumpy day away and start over. The simple text and lively illustrations are the perfect cure for even the grumpiest of days.
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Baby Animals Take a Bath
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold & illustrated by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Sometimes bath time means a roll in the mud, and sometimes it’s a plunge in the snow. Little ones learn how baby animals friends clean up.
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Get Out of My Bath!
Written & illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Ellie the elephant loves to have fun in the bath, but she’s not the only one. A crocodile decides to join her, followed by a flamingo, then a mouse, and even a tiger! Instructions to tilt, shake, and shout encourage a fun, interactive experience.
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Smelly Bill
Written & illustrated by Daniel Postgate
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Bill the dog loves smelly things, like muddy ponds and rubbish bins. Will the arrival of Great Aunt Bleach put an end to his smelly ways, or will Bill live to stink another day?
I am a Puppy book
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The Pigeon Needs a Bath! book
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Swim with Little Fish!: Bath Book book
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Big Red Tub book
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  • I am a Puppy - The classic board book I am a Puppy is back—fully reillustrated and ready to be embraced by a new generation of children. Join Bruno, an adventurous puppy, as he plays with friends, leaps in the snow, takes a bath, and more! With simple words and adorable illustrations, this is perfect for toddlers.

  • The Pigeon Needs a Bath! - The Pigeon really needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon’s not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It’s going to take some serious convincing to try and get the Pigeon to take the plunge.

  • Swim with Little Fish!: Bath Book - Whether in the bath, at the table, or on the go, the youngest sea explorers are sure to love visiting Little Fish with this alluring waterproof edition that’s soft, squishy, and sturdy—ideal for babies and toddlers at bath time, high-chair time, or anytime. Full color. Consumable.able.

  • Big Red Tub - It’s bathtime for Stan and Stella, but too many friends want to join them in the big, red bathtub. Stan and Stella are having lots of fun in the big, red bathtub. And soon all of the animals want to join them. First Dog, then Lion, and soon Kangaroo wants to come in, too. But when Hippopotamus tries to fit, the bathtime adventure begins.

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Hogwash!
Written by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Jim McMullan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
He washed the horses, ducks and cows The goats, the cats and dogs. Everything went dandy... Until the farmer reached his hogs. "No hogwash for us today. Pigs love dirt - so go away!" Farmer's stubborn pigs refuse to be hogwashed, and no matter what he tries, poor Farmer cannot trick them into getting clean! But when several failed attempts leave him stuck in the mud, our determined farmer realizes his hogs may have been on to something all along... sometimes a mud bath is even better! New York Times best-selling author Karma Wilson's clever rhyming verse will engage parents and kids alike as Jim McMullan's illustrations bring to life these delightfully mischievous pigs with a penchant for all things muddy!
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Rudie Nudie
Written & illustrated by Emma Quay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-5
'One, two Rudie Nudie, Rudie Nudie in the bath...' Emma Quay captures all the joy and energy of childhood in this irresistible rhyming tale. With its charming illustrations and lively text, 'Rudie Nudie' is destined to become an instant family favourite.
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How to Give Your Cat a Bath
Written by Nicola Winstanley & illustrated by John Martz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
In this hilarious and clever "how-to" from the creator of "Cinnamon Baby, " a little girl and a know-it-all narrator (who really doesn't know it all) are thwarted by a cat who refuses to take a bath. Full color.
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Bath Time!
Written & illustrated by Sterling Childrens
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
A photographic book for when your little one says: I don't want to take a bath! Entice your reluctant bather to the tub with this irresistible book of adorable animal photographs! Each one of these cute creatures--from a muddy piglet ("I'm not that dirty, am I?") to a resistant raccoon--says no to bathing. But there's no way around it; they must get squeaky clean. By the end, everyone concludes that baths aren't so bad after all!
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How Do You Take a Bath?
Written by Kate Mcmullan & illustrated by Sydney Hanson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Perfect for fans of Five Little Monkeys Jump in the Bath, this fun and educational picture book brings together adorable baby animals and bathtime. How do YOU take a bath? Does your mama comb your fur? Do you shake off all your dirt? Do you splash and flap and quack? Do the birdies peck your back? No! Follow elephants, pigs, monkeys, hippos, and more in this charming rhyming picture book from veteran author Kate McMullan. How does a pig take a bath? It sinks in the mud! What about a chicken? It thrashes about in dust! And a cat? Why, it licks itself clean, of course! Sydney Hanson's adorable illustrations toggle neatly between animals in nature grooming themselves and humorous depictions of children attempting the animals' bathing tactics. By the end of the book, the child finally makes his way to the bathtub, no mud baths or lick baths about it!
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Taking a Bath book
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Sloppy Takes the Plunge book
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Hair-Pocalypse book
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Bears in the Bath book
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  • Peep and Egg: I'm Not Taking a Bath - “Egg doesn’t want to take a bath, until Peep convinces her to”—

  • Sloppy Takes the Plunge - Everyone loves a good hug and a good bath! Sloppy the tree dragon doesn’t want to take a bath. “Being mucky is what a tree dragon is all about.” Could it be that getting clean is nearly as fun as getting dirty?

  • Hair-Pocalypse - Second-grader Aiden Allen has seriously wild hair; in fact it keeps forming itself into weird shapes, and interfering with his school day, and nothing he says will make it behave—until finally Aiden and his hair come to a compromise that involves washing.

  • Bears in the Bath - Splish! Splash! Sploosh! The adorable stars of Bears on Chairs and Bears in Beds are back, and they’re ready for bath time. Or are they? Water, soap, and sponge are there. The bath is ready. Where are the bears? The four little bears are grimy, dirty, and covered in mud! But when they see the bath and Big Brown Bear ready to scrub, they back away. “We don’t want a bath,” they say. Will those grungy bears ever get in the tub? Whether bath time’s a favorite time of day or a fraught one, this fun-to-read rhyming story and the silly antics of impossibly cute bears will make a splash with toddlers and parents alike.

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I Dig Bathtime
Written by Brooke Jorden & illustrated by Ekaterina Ladatiko
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
When the dust has settled and the day is done, Excavator is ready for bathtime. It's so much fun! Trucks dig bathtime! Join Excavator and the other construction trucks as they scrub-a-dub-dub away the dust of the day with a well-earned bath. Adorable yet accurate illustrations will have kids peeking through the bubbles to identify Crane, Backhoe, Bulldozer, and more! You'll dig bathtime too!
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Pirates Don't Take Baths
Written & illustrated by John Segal
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
This perfect story for bathtime is now available as a board book! For any young child (or pig), there are few things more excruciating, more traumatic, more torturous than bathtime. And this little pig is putting his hoof down. No. More. BATHS. But how can he possibly accomplish this? Well, by being someone else, of course. After all, everyone knows that pirates, astronauts, and knights in shining armor–just to name a few–never, EVER take baths. Now if only he can convince his mother . . . This humorous story is the perfect choice for kids and parents who know all too well the never-ending struggle of bathtime.
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Walrus in the Bathtub
Written by Deborah Underwood & illustrated by Matt Hunt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A first, worst impression leads to a lasting friendship in this hilarious picture book romp from the author of the New York Times bestselling Cat series and The Quiet Book. Things you’d expect to find in the bathtub: 1. Soap bubbles 2. Rubber duckies 3. Shampoo Things you don’t expect to find in the bathtub: 1. WALRUS As it turns out, once a walrus settles in for a nice long soak, it’s pretty darn hard to get him out. What’s a family to do? This silly-sweet story will keep readers giggling as a family tries–and tries again!–to evict their unexpected houseguest… before finally realizing why he’s there in the first place.

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