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Six books to read on Groundhog Day

On February 2, people around the country will be waiting on the word of one fuzzy little creature on whether or not to get ready for spring or take on another six more weeks of winter. For the younger crowd of students, they will be excited for Groundhog Day, and teachers can aid in their excitement with the help of books. 

Education World has gathered a list of six books teachers can read to their students on Groundhog Day. 

  1. Groundhog Day! by Gail Gibbons: In this book, Amazon says: "Every February 2, people all across the country wonder about the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Will he see his shadow on that day or won't he? Will spring come early or late? Here is information about Groundhog Day, its origins, and the animal at the center of this delightful annual event."
  2. Ten Grouchy Groundhogs by Kathryn Heling: In Ten Grouchy Groundhogs, Amazon says, "in this alliterative countdown book, ten groundhogs cannot wait for winter to end so they can get out of their den!"
  3. Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller: Amazon says: "Everyone knows that Groundhog has an important job to do every February 2, but this year he's not feeling well. Dr. Owl diagnoses him with the flu and orders two days of bed rest. How will people know the weather forecast if Groundhog is down in his hole in bed?"
  4. Go To Sleep, Groundhog! by Judy Cox: In Go To Sleep, Groundhog!, Amazon says: "Poor Groundhog just can't sleep. He tosses. He turns. Finally, he gets out of bed and goes exploring. Outside his burrow he finds amazing sights he has never seen before: glowing jack-o'-lanterns, gobbling turkeys, and sparkling holiday lights. But shouldn't Groundhog be in bed? With no sleep how will he be able to get up for his big day?"
  5. Groundhog Gets a Say by Pamela Curtis Swallow: Amazon says: "There’s so much more to being a groundhog than just putting on a show once a year, and Groundhog has decided it’s time to tell the world the Hog truth. With the help of a few of his fans, Groundhog is ready to tell everything about himself, from how loud he can whistle (loud), to how fast he can run (not fast), to how many things he uses his teeth for (a lot). Groundhog may be full of himself, but chances are good that, by the end of this book, you’ll agree he’s pretty wonderful!"
  6. Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather by Bruce Koscielniak: Amazon says: "Geoffrey Groundhog has become a local celebrity for successfully predicting how long winter will last. Everyone awaits his prediction each February 2, when he emerges from his burrow to look for his shadow. But Geoffrey's fame has grown out of control - and so has the commotion surrounding his burrow! With television lights and cameras crowding him, he can't even see the ground, much less his shadow. How will he make his spring prediction? How will anyone know if they should wax their surfboards or their skis?"

Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor