It’s almost Groundhog Day! This fun holiday is celebrated on February 2nd and commemorates the day when a groundhog comes out of its burrow to look for its shadow.
For kids, this holiday is all about learning about groundhogs and predicting whether or not Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow. If you’re looking for some great Groundhog Day books for kids, check out our list below.
These titles are sure to be hits with your young students and will make the perfect addition to your Groundhog Day activities.
Groundhog’s Day is a fun holiday celebrated annually on February 2nd. On this day many look to the groundhog to determine how much longer winter will last.
The folklore accompaniment states if the groundhog sees its shadow upon emerging from its burrow, that there is a prediction of six more weeks of wintry weather; however, if it does not see its shadow, then spring weather is just around the corner.
This peculiar revered holiday offers many fun activities such as observing movie marathons and baking special treats that honor the groundhog with cookies or cupcakes filled with candy.
To commemorate Groundhog’s Day, preschoolers and kindergarteners everywhere can partake in games such as painting pictures of groundhogs or crafting puppets out of paper bags.
Of course, we love to read books full of groundhog facts and silly stories of Groundhog Day.
Groundhog Day Books
Popular children's picture books about groundhogs, both fiction and nonfiction, are plentiful.
From nonfiction books that inform readers about groundhog behavior and burrowing habits, to stories that celebrate the wonders of Groundhogs Day, there are many options to choose from.
Whether your child enjoys reading about real-life animals or is captivated by charming stories about these furry creatures, there is sure to be a book perfect for them!
Moose is having a Valentine's Day party, and all his friends are so excited! Everyone except Groundhog, that is. If Groundhog sees his shadow outside, he'll hide in his hole for six more weeks and miss the party!
Determined to help their friend join them, Moose, Squirrel, Bunny, and Porcupine put their heads together and come up with a plan.
But will it be enough to get Groundhog out to play?
The anticipation is building: Will the groundhog see his shadow? Will there be six more weeks of winter?
Get ready for this festive occasion with the countdown to Groundhog Day in this fun, rhyming story told in the style of Clement C. Moore's holiday poem.
There’s so much more to being a groundhog than just putting on a show once a year, and Groundhog has decided it’s time to tell the world the Hog truth.
With the help of a few of his fans, Groundhog is ready to tell everything about himself, from how loud he can whistle (loud), to how fast he can run (not fast), to how many things he uses his teeth for (a lot).
Groundhog may be full of himself, but chances are good that, by the end of this book, you’ll agree he’s pretty wonderful!
It's almost Groundhog Day! But this year Groundhog is not feeling well.
Dr. Owl diagnoses him with the flu and orders two days of bed rest.
Then Groundhog has in idea--he can hire a substitute! Maybe Squirrel can be the substitute, or Eagle, or Bear...
Every year on February 2nd, people all across America watch groundhogs come out of their burrows-- especially in the town of Punxsutawney-- trying to figure out if the weather will stay cold, or begin to warm up.
An overview of different Groundhog Day traditions around the country is included, as well as a page of groundhog trivia. A perfect introduction to this unique celebration!
Being friends isn't always easy. True friends, however, always find their way back to each other.
If the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow come February 2nd, young readers will have an idea of where it might be, based on this heartwarming laugh-out-loud story accompanied by David Biedrzycki’s hilarious illustrations.
Professor Groundhog opens a school so groundhogs can learn to accurately forecast the weather each February.
Following along with the amusing cast of students, kids are drawn in by the thoroughly engaging tale while they learn fun facts about different animals (groundhogs in particular), seasons, weather, and predicting the weather.
Groundhog Day Fun
If you’d like to add these books to a full Groundhog Day lesson plan, check out the activities below. I’m sure you’ll find some fun things to add to your activities.
Celebrate Groundhogs Day with kids
Groundhogs Day is a great opportunity to enjoy some festivities with the kids! To make it extra special, why not have them create crafts and printables related to the theme?