Today I’m sharing a list of picture books about Groundhog Day. While Groundhog Day is based on weather lore this unique holiday can be used as a catalyst for learning about weather, predictions, as well as, the habits of winter animals.
Groundhog Day is mostly celebrated in the US and Canada and is based on a superstition held by the Pennsylvania Dutch that the if a groundhog emerges on February 2nd and sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.
Here are some of our favorite and best Groundhog Day books:
Picture Books about Groundhog Day
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Groundhog Day by Gail Gibbons
Gail Gibbons teaches about Groundhogs day from a nonfiction perspective. Learn about groundhogs as well as the history and traditions that surround this unique little holiday.
Groundhug Day by Anne Marie Pace
If Groundhog sees his shadow he might miss the Valentines Day party that Moose is putting on. Learn a little about groundhogs day as Groundhog’s friends try to keep him from missing the party. This is a sweet book about friendship and the little holiday we call Groundhog Day.
Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller
Groundhog has the flu and it’s looking like he won’t be able to do his important job on February 2nd. He tries to find a substitute but no one seems quite right for the position. What will he do? This is a cute book that sparked some good conversation. It also would be a great addition to your Groundhog Day books for Kindergarten list.
Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susanna Leonard Hill
This is a fun Groundhog Day short story! Phyllis loves all the seasons. This February, she is even more excited because it feels like spring is coming soon. The only probably is, her uncle Phil, is still sleeping. She tries to wake him in time for the annual Groundhog Day prediction.
Groundhogs Dilemma by Kristen Remenar
After announcing that there will be six more weeks of winter, Groundhog finds himself in a dilemma. Half of his friends are happy about and half of them are not. In this book, Groundhog tries to make everyone happy, but he soon learns that being himself and being honest is what’s most important.
Groundhog Gets a Say by Pamela Curtis Swallow
Groundhog doesn’t just want to make one prediction for the year and then be done. He wants to tell the world all about himself. This picture book about Groundhog Day is told from a fun perspective and gives lots of useful information about groundhogs.
Groundhog’s Runaway Shadow by David Biedrzycki
Groundhog and his shadow are great friends. The only problem is, that groundhog is reliable but his shadow has a mind of his own. This causes problems when it’s time to make the big prediction. This is a fun and silly read.
Groundhog’s Day Off by Robb Pearlman
This is a funny, fictional book about Groundhog Day. Groundhog is tired of making predictions. This year, he’s going on vacation. The town finds itself in a predicament as they try to find someone to replace him… (a fantastic Groundhog Day read aloud. )
Grumpy Groundhog by Maureen Wright
Its February 2nd and the town is gathered together to hear Groundhogs prediction, but Groundhog doesn’t want to get out of bed. (This humorous book is a great Groundhog Day books for preschoolers.)
Gregory’s Shadow by Don Freeman
Gregory and his shadow get separated and its almost Groundhog Day. Will they find each other before the big day? We liked the shy character of Gregory and how his friendship with Shadow made him feel brave.