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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, picture books, and chapter 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. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween 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!

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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!
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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
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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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When Your Lion Needs a Bath
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill & illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

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!

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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Time for a Bath - No matter what kind of messes a little bunny experiences through the day, bath time makes things fresh and new.

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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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Get Out of My Bath!
Written & illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
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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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Baby Animals Take a Bath
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold & illustrated by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
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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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Grumpy Pants
Written & illustrated by Claire Messer
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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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Smelly Bill
Written & illustrated by Daniel Postgate
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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?

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  • Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle - Something smells like trouble! Can five princess heroes and one Goat Avenger pool their talents to vanquish a monstrous stink?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Bad Kitty Gets a Bath
Written & illustrated by Nick Bruel
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Pet owners beware!

Bad Kitty really needs a bath, and she is forced to take one in this hysterical new illustrated how-to for young readers. The following are some items you will need for Kitty's bath: one bathtub, plenty of water, dry towels, a suit of armor, a letter to your loved ones, clean underwear (because stressful situations can cause accidents), an ambulance in your driveway with the engine running, and, oh, yeah, you'll also need Kitty . . . but good luck with that! Kitty is at her worst in this riotous how-to guide filled with bad smells, cautionary tales of horror, and hopefully by the end . . . some soap.

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Bathtime for Little Rabbit
Written & illustrated by Jorg Muhle
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Who enjoys having their ears washed? Little Rabbit doesn't like the idea, but it turns out to be not so bad after all.

But he does need our help. When the dryer breaks, we have to blow his ears dry. Wfffff! Again! Now wrap him in the towel and bathtime is over. Squeaky clean, Little Rabbit!

This follow-up to the bestselling Tickle My Ears is another perfectly simple interactive board book that invites the reader to take charge of bathtime: turn on the shower, cover Little Rabbit's eyes, wipe the water off his nose, and rub him dry.

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Big Red Tub
Written by Julia Jarman & illustrated by Adrian Reynolds
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

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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Mud Puddle
Written by Robert Munsch
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Recommend Ages: -5

A brand-new look for a classic story. First published in 1979, this was the first of Robert Munsch’s oral stories to be turned into a book. Since then, it has made countless children (and adults) all around the world laugh out loud. When Jule Ann goes outside, a mud puddle jumps on her and gets her dirty all over. No sooner does her mother scrub her clean than she ventures out again, only to be pounced upon by the pesky mud puddle. The cycle continues until finally Jule Ann gets the better of the mud puddle with cheerful ingenuity and two bars of smelly yellow soap. Lively, clever artwork by award-winning illustrator Dusan Petricic gives this bestselling picture book a fresh and energetic look that will charm a new generation of young readers.

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Hogwash!
Written by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Jim McMullan
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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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  • Bathtime Mathtime - Learn at home with help from The Wonder Years/Hallmark actress, math whiz, and New York Times bestselling author Danica McKellar using her acclaimed McKellar Math books! Bathtime will be squeaky clean and sneaky smart fun in this original board book that gives your toddler a head start on learning math, all as part of your daily at-home routine!

  • Rudie Nudie - ‘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.

  • How to Give Your Cat a Bath - 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.

  • Bath Time! - 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
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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!

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Peep and Egg: I'm Not Taking a Bath
Written & illustrated by Laura Gehl
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

“Egg doesn’t want to take a bath, until Peep convinces her to”–

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Sloppy Takes the Plunge
Written & illustrated by Sean Julian
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

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?

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Hair-Pocalypse
Written by Geoff Herbach & illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

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.

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Bears in the Bath
Written by Shirley Parenteau & illustrated by David Walker
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

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 - 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!

  • Pirates Don't Take Baths - 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.

  • Roy Digs Dirt - Woof! Meet Roy, an adorable white dog who is wild about digging, digging, digging in the dirt!

  • Walrus in the Bathtub - 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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Little Bunny's Bathtime!
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Little Bunny doesn’t want a bath with his brothers and sisters, but he does want mommy’s attention. He tries over and over to get Mrs. Rabbit to notice, but she’s busy bathing the other rabbits. Finally, Little Bunny falls into the tub, and Mrs. Rabbit rushes to help him. Little Bunny gets his bath, and he gets his mommy all to himself.

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