Tove Jansson

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About Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson (1914 - 2001) was born in Helsinki to artist parents. She was to become a celebrated artist, political cartoonist and author, but she is best known as the creator of the Moomins, one of the most successful and beloved children's book series ever written. Inspired by summers spent on the islands off Finland and Sweden, Tove created the unique world of Moominvalley and all its inhabitants. The Moomins and The Great Flood, her first book to feature the Moomins, published in 1945. Tove went on to publish twelve Moomin books between 1945 and 1977, which have sold in their millions and been translated into over forty languages. In the 1950's the Moomins became a successful cartoon strip, which was to feature in newspapers all over the world. As the Moomins' fame grew, they began to appear in television series, plays, films and a varied merchandise program soon followed. Tove also painted throughout her life and wrote novels and short stories, including the acclaimed Summer Book. But the Moomin world was never far away. As Tove said, 'You feel a cold wind on your legs when you step outside Moomin Valley,' In 1966, Tove received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for her lasting contribution to children's literature.

Recent activity

Today

7 days to go until Moomintroll Sets Sail is released, illustrated by Filippa Widlund and written by Tove Jansson and Alex Haridi. Published by Macmillan Children's Books.
Tove Jansson, Alex Haridi, Cecilia Davidsson and Filippa Widlund

7 days ago

2 months to go until Tove Jansson and Alex Haridi will be releasing Stories from Moominvalley. Published by Macmillan Children's Books.
Tove Jansson, Alex Haridi and Cecilia Davidsson

3 months ago

Out now! Moomin and the Spring Surprise by Tove Jansson,. Published by Puffin.
Tove Jansson

3 months ago

Today is the day to read this brilliant book (not that you needed an excuse!), Summer Stories from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson from Puffin.
International Children's Book Day

3 months ago

A classic story to celebrate International Children's Book Day, The Invisible Guest in Moominvalley by Tove Jansson from Macmillan Children's Books.
International Children's Book Day

3 months ago

A classic story to celebrate International Children's Book Day, Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson from Puffin.
International Children's Book Day

3 months ago

A classic story to celebrate International Children's Book Day, Moomin's Touch and Feel Playbook by Tove Jansson from Puffin.
International Children's Book Day

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