Groundhog Day is observed on February 2nd each year. This date marks the midpoint between the Winter Solstice in December and the Spring Equinox in March. According to the Farmers' Almanac, “If he [the Groundhog] sees his shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter; if he doesn't, it'll be six weeks till spring.” Below you'll find a variety of books for younger readers to help them understand the holiday and what groundhogs have to do with the changing of the seasons.
Will Spring Be Early? Or Will Spring Be Late? by Crockett Johnson
“Misled by an artificial flower, Groundhog tells the forest animals that “Spring is here!” Grumpy Pig proves Groundhog wrong and is blamed for more snow.” – Horn Book
Ten Grouchy Groundhogs by Kathryn Heling
Ten little groundhogs spend too much time together crowded in their den. One by one, they all find a reason to get out. Would they like what they find, or will they be rushing back in?
The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun by Wendie Old
“Readers learn that…groundhogs perform the important job of aerating earth and creating topsoil, and that ‘nothing gets wasted in nature.' Along the way, they are entertained by Billin-Frye’s lighthearted, comic watercolor illustrations.” – Kirkus
The Secret of the First One Up by Iris Hiskey Arno
“When Lila, a young groundhog, objects to going to sleep for the Winter, Uncle Wilbur tells her to rest so she can be try to be the first one to wake up in the spring and discover the big secret.” – School Library Journal
Groundhog Gets a Say by Pamela Curtis Swallow
Groundhog wants people to know hen is much more than a weather forecaster. He wants everyone to know the “hog” truth. Groundhogs are whistle pigs, woodchucks marmots, digging machines, cousins to beavers, relatives of squirrels, tree climbers, loud teeth-chatterers, even helpful to science!