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7 Best Groundhog Day Books

Written by Debbie Brown | Updated January 10, 2023

Do you know what happens around 7:28 am, on February 2? Your preschooler will know after reading some of these fun Groundhog Day books below.

Around 7:28, on February 2, Punxsutawney Phil is taken out from under a fake tree stump as North Americans in the U.S and Canada, look to this furry rodent, to make a prediction about the weather for the remainder of winter.

a cartoon groundhog waving next to a stack of books

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7 Best Groundhog Day Books

Whether you live near Punxsutawney, PA or not, your preschooler will have fun learning some fascinating facts about groundhogs, and shadows, as well as just enjoying some plain silliness.

Groundhug Day by Anne Marie Pace

Groundhug Day by Anne Marie Pace

Groundhug Day is a clever, sweet book about friends, that can be read for both Groundhogs day and Valentines Day. Moose is throwing a Valentine’s Day party but if Groundhog sees his shadow he’ll go back to bed and miss the party. All of Groundhogs friends try to come up with ways to keep him from seeing his shadow. While unsuccessful in their attempt, they do discover Groundhog is actually afraid of his shadow. They all end up spending a fun day together outside exploring shadows.

Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller

In Substitute Groundhog, Groundhog is not feeling well and tries to come up with someone to fill in for him on Groundhog’s Day. He interviews several of the forest animals but not one of them have all the qualifications to do the job right – that is until he meets a stranger from out of town.

Groundhog Gets a Say by Pamela Curtis Swallow

Groundhog Gets a Say is loaded with lots of fun, interesting facts about groundhogs that preschoolers will enjoy. For instance, did you know that groundhogs are related to squirrels and can climb trees? Or did you know that a groundhog is also called a woodchuck and a whistle pig. These are just some of the fascinating things your preschooler will learn from this book.

Grumpy Groundhog by Maureen Wright

Grumpy Groundhog by Maureen Wright

Grumpy Groundhog is a silly story told in rhyming text about a groundhog who decides he doesn’t want to get out of bed to check on his shadow. Several children have ideas of ways to get Groundhog up, but will it be enough to get him out of bed?

Groundhog Day by Gail Gibbons

Groundhog Day, lets preschoolers explore the history behind Groundhog Day, and how we came to celebrate this fun winter celebration. Then it sprinkles in some science facts about groundhogs and their habitats, then shows some ways we celebrate Groundhog’s Day today. While this is told in an interesting manner, this book would probably be enjoyed more by older preschoolers.

Groundhog’s Runaway Shadow by David Biedrzycki

Groundhog’s Runaway Shadow is one of those silly books. In this story, Phil and Shadow are friends who used to do everything together, but as Phil grows older the two aren’t getting along so well anymore and one day Shadow decides to take off by himself, to see the world.

The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens

The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens

The Great Fuzz Frenzy is not about groundhogs, but about their cousins the prairie dogs. However, Groundhogs Day is always my favorite time to read this book. It’s a comical story about what happens to a group of prairie dogs when a dog drops a tennis ball in their hole. This is a fun, silly book preschoolers will love!

Cartoon Groundhog with top hat . Happy Groundhog Day!

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