Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2. It is based on the activities of a groundhog coming out of its winter hibernation to check for his shadow. The legend is, if the groundhog sees its shadow on this day, there will be six more weeks of wintry weather. If it doesn’t, then spring weather is right around the corner.
The most important groundhog is Punxsutawney Phil who lives in a burrow called Gobbler’s Knob near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
PA’s Promise for Children has a list of fun books to read related to Groundhog Day.
Books on the list include:
- Ten Grouchy Groundhogs by Kathryn Heling (Author), Deborah Hembrook (Author), Jay Johnson(Illustrator)
- Grumpy Groundhog by Maureen Wright (Author), Amanda Haley (Illustrator)
- Groundhog’s Runaway Shadow by David Biedrzycki (Author, Illustrator)
- Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller (Author), Kathi Ember (Illustrator)
- Groundhog’s Dilemma by Kristen Remenar (Author), Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)
- Groundhug Day by Anne Marie Pace (Author), Christopher Denise (Illustrator)
- Who Will See Their Shadows This Year? by Jerry Pallotta (Author), David Biedrzycki (Illustrator)
- Wake Up, Groundhog! by Susanna Leonard Hill (Author), Jeffrey Ebbeler (Illustrator)