I’m not a huge fan of winter, so every year I anxiously await the verdict of Punxsutawney Phil. I love Groundhog Day because it’s a silly, fun tradition, and a great opportunity to talk with kids about weather and the changing seasons.
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These picture books about Groundhog Day make the celebration even more fun. Whether you’re holding onto winter or looking forward to spring, you’ll love taking time to share these books with your kids.
Here are nine books about Groundhog Day I think your family will love:
9 Children’s Books for Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day! by Gail Gibbons — Gibbons is known for writing excellent informative kids’ books, and this one is no exception. Readers will learn not only the history of the Groundhog Day holiday, but also some fun facts about groundhogs.
Grumpy Groundhog by Maureen Wright — The people have gathered to see the groundhog emerge from his home…but he has no interest in getting out of bed. I can relate! Will the people be able to lure him outside to make his important prediction?
Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub — Holub is another favorite author of ours, and this book is full of facts and fun. This one includes facts about Groundhog Day, facts about why the seasons change, and even shows kids what things in nature really predict the weather. All of this information is presented around the fun premise of a weather school run by Professor Groundhog.
Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller — Groudhog is sick at the worst possible time — Groundhog Day! So he interviews is forest friends in the hopes of finding a substitute for the day. Is there anyone else who can do his important job?
Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby — When Brownie Groundhog comes out of her hole, spring is nowhere to be found. What she does find is a fox who would love to make her into a meal! Clever Brownie has to distract the fox, and in the process, they become friends.
Gregory’s Shadow by Don Freeman — This classic from the author of Corduroy tells the story of a shy groundhog named Gregory who doesn’t like going anywhere without his friend, Shadow. One day, he gets separated from his friend, and has to track him down before his big moment — Groundhog Day. Can he stay with his friend and not disappoint the farmers waiting for spring?
Double Trouble Groundhog Day by Bethany Roberts — It’s time for Grandpa Groundhog to retire and pass on his job of weather prediction to one of his grandchildren. However, both Greta and Gregory want the job! In the end, they must work together to make their big weather announcement.
Groundhog’s Day Off by Robb Pearlman — Every year, people badger Groundhog with questions about the weather. This year, he is over it, so he packs his bags and heads out on vacation. The town must hold auditions to find the perfect replacement. However, no one can do the job quite like Groundhog did. Will they be able to win him back?
Groundhog’s Dilemma by Kristen Remenar — Some of Groundhog’s friends are hoping for more winter; others are ready for spring. They begin to bring gifts and do favors for Groundhog, in the hopes that he will call things their way. This puts Groundhog in a tough spot: does he let them believe that he has control over the weather, or does he tell them the truth and miss out on all of the benefits? A great book about honesty that kids will easily understand.
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