Tove Jansson


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


2 months to go until Tove Jansson and Cecilia Davidsson will be releasing The Invisible Guest in Moominvalley illustrated by Tove Jansson. Published by Macmillan Children's Books.
Tove Jansson, Cecilia Davidsson and Filippa Widlund

11 days ago

Have you written a letter for Santa? Get in the mood with Christmas Comes to Moominvalley by Tove Jansson from Macmillan Children's Books.

17 days ago

With it nearing the end of November, Moomin and the Ice Festival by Tove Jansson from Puffin is the perfect cold-weather read.
Cold Weather

17 days ago

It's cold outside, snuggle up with Midwinter Tales from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson from Puffin, a great wintery book!
Cold Weather

18 days ago

National Tree Week

26 days ago

Moomin and the Birthday Button by Tove Jansson from Puffin is brilliant!
National Button Day (US)

1 month ago

Why not try The Pocket Moomin Colouring Book by Tove Jansson. Published by Macmillan Children's Books.
Why not try...

1 month ago

Loving The Moomin Colouring Diary by Tove Jansson from Macmillan Children's Books.
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