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Groundhog's Day: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about Groundhog's Day?

As you can see, this list of kids books about Groundhog’s Day is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about Groundhog’s Day, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

The Secret of the First One Up
Written by Iris Hiskey Arno & illustrated by Catherine Bernard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Kindergarten-Grade 2-When Lila, a young groundhog, objects to going to sleep for the winter, Uncle Wilbur tells her to rest so that she can try to be the first one to wake up in the spring and discover a big secret. She is indeed the first groundhog to awaken and quickly runs up the tunnel and outdoors, where she is greeted by all of the animals that do not hibernate and learns from them how important her shadow is. Lovely, warm illustrations, created with gouache, colored pencils, and acrylics, depict the groundhog household as well as a variety of winter animals. A short note on Groundhog Day is appended. This book can be used for holiday celebrations or as an addition to a storytime or unit on hibernation. —-SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Punxsutawney Phyllis
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill & illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Phyllis is not like other groundhogs. She loves to splash in the cold river in springtime, roast in the summer sun, and tromp through the winter snow. Every kind of weather makes Phyllis happy.

This year on February 2, Phyllis is excited because she can feel that an early spring is in the air. But how will she ever get old Uncle Phil out of bed to make his official Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog Day prediction?

Groundhog's Runaway Shadow
Written & illustrated by David Biedrzycki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Phil and his shadow used to do everything together. But Phil got tired of Shadow shadowing him, so Shadow up and left. True friends, however, have a way of finding each other somehow. 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 sweet story accompanied by David Biedrzycki’s hilarious illustrations.

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