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12 Books for Groundhog Day

Two things I love: list making and children’s holiday books (one reason my books are often centered around holidays). So I’ve decided to start a new type of post here highlighting such books, in list format!

These will be a mishmash of new and previously released titles, both traditionally and independently published. They’ll contain picture books, early reader, and middle grade books.

Oh, and sometimes I might make some lists on other subjects, because, did I mention, I love lists? 😉 They’re a source of structure and motivation, which allow me to, more or less, fully exhale at the end of the day. You should try it sometime if you’re not already a card-carrying member of the List-Making Type A Personality Club. We Listers thrive on crossing those things off each night, one line at a time. 😉

So let’s get started with the first one: Books for Groundhog Day! Which is coming up next week-Feb. 2nd already, for those of you who still have to take down your Christmas lights!

This sweet, little holiday is particularly near and dear to my heart because the world- famous Punxsutawney Phil lives in my home state of Pennsylvania, a state I pine for regularly living out here in California. Plus, I stopped by and saw Phil while on a central PA road trip with the kids this summer.

Can you guess where they house him-the real celebrity groundhog, (along with a companion groundhog)? That’s right, in a roomy glass enclosure viewable from the children’s section of the Punxsutawney city library! I am NOT making that up! The little pals are adorable!

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Thanks.~Rosco’s Reading Room

Groundhog Weather School
by Joan Holub
Illustrated by 
Kristin Sorra
Ever wonder where Groundhog Day first began? Want to know the reason why we have different weather seasons? Curious about how some plants and animals can help predict the weather? Learn the answers to these questions and many more at Groundhog Weather School!
groundhogweatherschool

Groundhog Day
by Margaret McNamara
Illustrated by Mike Gordon
It’s Groundhog Day in Mrs. Connor’s class. But instead of watching a real groundhog, the first graders wait to see if Chester the hamster will see his shadow!
groundhogdayreadytoread

Scholastic Reader Level 1: Groundhog Day
by
Betsy Lewin
It is Groundhog Day! Will Phil, the groundhog, see his shadow? Or is spring on its way?
groundhogdayscholastic

Groundhog Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays
by Michelle Aki Becker
This book introduces the history of Groundhog Day and explains how it is observed today.
groundhogdayreadaloud

Groundhug Day
by Anne Marie Pace
Illustrated by Christopher Denise

Moose is having a Valentine’s Day party, and all his friends are so excited! Everyone except Groundhog, that is. If Groundhog sees his shadow outside, he’ll hide in his hole for six more weeks and miss the party! Determined to help their friend join them, Moose, Squirrel, Bunny, and Porcupine put their heads together and come up with a plan. But will it be enough to get Groundhog out to play?
groundhugday

Thanks for reading my list! Now go and find those at your local library or at the links above. Can you cross off any that you’ve already read with your kids? And do you think he’ll see his shadow this year?
~Shana

 

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