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Happy Groundhog Day! :) Whether you're hoping for an early spring or you'd like some more wintery weather, here are a few fun picture books to read in celebration of this quirky holiday:
Gregory's Shadow, written and illustrated by Don Freeman, 2000... Gregory the groundhog wakes up on February 1st and heads outside with his friend, Shadow. Something scares them both, so Gregory races back home and slams the door, accidentally leaving Shadow behind. When the friends finally find each other once more, they vow to stick close together and never be separated again.
Go to Sleep, Groundhog!, written by Judy Cox and illustrated by Paul Meisel, 2004... Groundhog knows he's supposed to hibernate until February 2nd, but he just can't fall asleep! He decides to go for a walk and soon discovers a whole world of things he's never seen before. A note at the end of the book provides information about groundhogs and Groundhog Day. This book, with all of its humorous scenes, makes me laugh!
Wake Up, Groundhog! (also published as Punxsutawney Phyllis), written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler, 2005... Phyllis is an unusual groundhog. She loves to be outside, no matter what the weather. She also dreams of taking over her uncle's role as Punxsutawney Phil when she grows up, even though everyone tells her she can't because she's a girl. When Groundhog Day comes around, Uncle Phil wants to stay in bed. The family finally rouses him, and when he invites Phyllis to go outside with him, she demonstrates just how suited she is for the role. This book also contains fun facts about Groundhog Day and the real Punxsutawney Phil. I love the cute illustrations and Phyllis's determination!
Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox, written by Susan Blackaby and illustrated by Carmen Segovia, 2011... Brownie wakes up on Groundhog Day and is irritated to see her shadow, knowing she will have to wait even longer for spring to arrive. Just then, a hungry fox spies the plump groundhog. Brownie cleverly outwits the fox, and in the end, their encounter turns into an unlikely friendship. I especially enjoy the endearing paintings!
Do you have any favorite books about Groundhog Day? I'd love to hear about them!