Groundhog Day might be one of the least significant holidays celebrated in the United States, but this simple little holiday can be a fun day for toddlers and preschoolers. There are several great books available for teaching toddlers and preschoolers about what Groundhog Day is, and to help them to celebrate it. Here are this librarian and mom’s picks for the best Groundhog Day books for toddlers and preschoolers.
Groundhog Dayby Gail Gibbons. Gail Gibbons is known for a large variety informative, illustrated, kid-friendly non-fiction books. Her Groundhog Day book is no different. While there is a lot of information and many facts in this book, it does a great job of explaining the ins and outs of Groundhog Day. This makes it an excellent choice is a Groundhog Day book for toddlers and preschoolers.
Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller. In this cute book, the star of Groundhog Day, the groundhog himself, gets sick with the flu. Since he doesn’t want to let everyone down on the big day, he starts looking for other animals that might be able to serve as a substitute, but none seem to be just right for the job. This fun book with animal characters is a great Groundhog Day book for toddlers and preschoolers.
Go to Sleep Groundhog! by Judy Cox. This story is about a groundhog that just can’t seem to get to sleep leading up to his big day. The story has a great repetitive nature in the storytelling that makes it an excellent choice for toddlers and preschoolers. This fiction book about Groundhog Day for toddlers and preschoolers also has facts about Groundhog Day at the end.
Gregory’s Shadow by Don Freeman. Best known for his wonderful toddler and preschooler appropriate Corduroy books, author Don Freeman creates this cute story about Gregory the groundhog. Gregory gets separated from his all-important shadow and is heartbroken until the two are reunited. This book is the most appropriate Groundhog Day book for toddlers and preschoolers in this list in terms of length and word difficulty. The story is shorter and available as a board book which adds to the toddler and preschooler appropriateness and appeal.
Groundhog Day is one holiday for which few books exist, especially books that are appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers. If you want to teach your toddler or preschooler about Groundhog Day, or even plan a fun little celebration, check out these book selections.