Groundhog Day will be here before you know it! To help make sure you are prepared, here are six books for Groundhog Day that you and your students might enjoy.
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Who Will See Their Shadows This Year? by Jerry Pallotta
Groundhog Gets a Say by Pamela Curtis Swallow
When Groundhog gets upset that he’s been forgotten by February 3rd, he sets off to explain just why he is so important. This book ties in some little-known facts about groundhogs into the storyline.
Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub
After the groundhog incorrectly predicts that spring has arrived, he gathers groundhogs from all around for Groundhog Weather School. Like Groundhog Gets a Say, this story is filled with a lot of information and may take a few sittings to finish.
Punxsutawney Phyllis/Wake Up, Groundhog! by Susanna Leonard Hill
It’s not often you come across a book known by two different titles, but this is one of them. Phyllis dreams of becoming Punxsutawney Phil one day, but her family says that role is for a boy. Find out if Phyllis can prove her family wrong and do the job! I love to combine this text with a craft and writing activity. You can learn more about this activity here.
Mr. Groundhog Wants the Day Off by Pat Stemper Vojta
When Mr. Groundhog gets tired of being blamed for the weather, he asks his friends to take over his duties. After talking with each friend, Mr. Groundhog comes to realize why he is the perfect animal for the job.
Groundhog Day! by Gail Gibbons
Gail Gibbons writes some of the best nonfiction text for elementary students! This book begins with the history behind Groundhog Day and then proceeds to provide additional information about groundhogs. You can find some activities to pair with this book here.
Make sure to find your favorite groundhog books before turning the calendar page to February (or at least before your teacher friends borrow them all).