A complete guide to the Tales From Acorn Wood books

Read on for our guide to the bestselling Tales of Acorn Wood series from beloved duo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The bestselling Tales from Acorn Wood are a series of interactive board books from world-renowned author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, the iconic duo behind classic children's books The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale. Julia Donaldson is also the writer behind the What the Ladybird Heard series, illustrated by Lydia Monks. 

Perfect for little ones aged two to five years old, the Tales from Acorn wood books feature bold, colourful illustrations, sturdy flaps to lift on every page and fun rhyming verse that little ones will love. Here we share the complete series in order.

The Tales from Acorn Wood books in order

Fox's Socks

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Fox's Socks

Lift the flaps and join in the fun with this bestselling preschool classic, Fox's Socks by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Poor old Fox has lost his socks – can you help him find them? Are they in the kitchen or under the stairs? Are they inside the clock or hidden in a chest? Lift the flaps and find out!

Hide-and-Seek Pig

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Hide-and-Seek Pig

Join Pig and Hen for a game of hide-and-seek in Acorn Wood. Pig and Hen are playing hide-and-seek. But where on earth could Hen be? Can you lift the flaps and help Pig find out where Hen is hiding? This rhyming story of friendship and fun from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler will delight toddlers and parents alike. 

Postman Bear

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Postman Bear

Bear is writing letters to his friends. But what could his letters be about? Lift the flaps and join Frog, Squirrel and Mole for Bear's special surprise! This classic lift-the-flap story celebrates the joy of letter writing to delight both parents and toddlers. 

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Rabbit's Nap

Book cover for Rabbit's Nap

Poor Rabbit is trying to get to sleep, but it is much too noisy! Follow the story together and lift the flaps to find out if she will ever get a moment's peace to sleep. This classic Julia Donaldson book makes for an ideal bedtime story for little ones.

Cat's Cookbook

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Cat's Cookbook

Meet a cat that wants to learn to cook in this brand new addition to Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's best-selling Tales from Acorn Wood series. With its fun rhyming story, lift-the-flap surprises, and exciting adventure for little ones to follow, Cat's Cookbook will make a great addition to any preschooler's bookshelf. 

Squirrel's Snowman

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Squirrel's Snowman

It's snowing in wintery Acorn Wood, so Squirrel and her friends set out to build a snowman. But this is no easy feat, as they'll have to find everything they need to build it first! Discover this festive story with sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud.

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Mole's Spectacles

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Mole's Spectacles

Join in the fun with Mole's Spectacles, a brilliant story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Mole has lost his spectacles. He searches all around his house, in the garden and even in Weasel's sweetshop, but he can't find them anywhere! Where could they be? Lift the flaps to help him find them. With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, Mole's Spectacles joins the bestselling Tales from Acorn Wood which have been delighting parents and children for over twenty years.

Badger's Band

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Badger's Band

Badger is keen to start a band, and his friends want to join in. Bear plays piano and Tortoise plays trumpet, but does anyone else want to take part? Lift the flaps to find out, and join Badger and co for their important concert. With sturdy flaps and lilting rhymes, this story is a delight for both children and adults.

Dormouse Has a Cold

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Dormouse Has a Cold

This installment in the Tales from Acorn Wood series invites little ones to snuggle up, because Dormouse is sniffling and snuffling. She discovers that being ill can be tough, but with lots of rest at home, help from Doctor Stoat and visits from her friends she soon starts to feel better. Little hands can discover what cheers poorly dormouse up by lifting the flaps on every page.

Frog's Day Out

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Frog's Day Out

Choo choo! It’s time to join Frog and his friends as they jump on the steam train for a trip to the seaside in Frog’s Day Out, a brand new Tales from Acorn Wood board book. In this fun rhyming story, little ones can lift the flaps to discover who is driving the steam train, find out what the Acorn Wood animals have packed for the beach and see the sea from the train window.  

Tales from Acorn Wood: Hello Friends

by Julia Donaldson

Book cover for Tales from Acorn Wood: Hello Friends

Take a trip to Acorn Wood and meet all of the animals who live there in this tactile and sturdy board book. In colourful, illustrated scenes by Axel Scheffler; children can help Fox find his lost sock, discover who is hiding in the picnic basket and more! With lots of fun details to notice and talk about with your preschooler, this is a wonderful story to read together.