Groundhog Day is my favorite holiday. There are no expectations. No rituals that must be observed. No cards to send. No gifts to buy. Just an adorably furry animal prognosticator and whatever celebrations we can muster on the actual day.
Just in case you feel like celebrating too, here are my favorite Groundhog Day picture books. Click book images to link to the book at IndieBound.
This adorable tale from one of my favorite Oregon writers stars a plump, intelligent groundhog, Brownie, who must outsmart the February Fox to avoid becoming lunch. The illustrations are so fun, that I’ll forgive the illustrator for depicting a European robin with a North American groundhog. (The illustrator is from Spain, home of the original robin–smile.)
This is a fun book from another Oregon author! Poor groundhog is suffering from insomnia and gets help from some other holiday icons. It’s cute and funny and is a great bedtime read.
After the official groundhog gets a complaint that his forecast was not helpful because it is too far away, he recruits other animal prognosticators to help him out. The recruits go through the paces at Groundhog Weather School in preparation for the big day. Holub has crafted a fun story that is packed full of factual information about weather and groundhogs. Does sharing the load make the predictions more accurate? You’ll have to read this one to find out.
Gail Gibbons is one of the most prolific nonfiction picture book authors out there. Like all her books, this one is a nice overview of the topic. It includes information about groundhogs, the history of the holiday, and information about how Groundhog Day is celebrated today.
- Peek-a-boo Groundhog and a Groundhog Day mask can be found here.
- Puzzles, coloring sheets, and crafts can be found here.
- This site has a cute groundhog and shadow craft and also a pretty cool potato stamp project.
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