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Best Moomin Books to Share with Tweens

Updated on December 17, 2011

A Holiday Gift Guide on Top Moomin Books for Children and Tweens

This "Best Moomin Books to Share with Tweens" lens contains 10 of our favorite Moomin books determined by our own family experiences and Amazon rankings.

( I grew up with a Mother from Finland, so also grew up reading Moomin Books and have carried on the tradition with my own children.)

In addition to our favorite Top 10 Moomin books within this holiday gift guide, for those who don't know them, you can also meet Tove Jansson, author of the Moomins and the Moomins, themselves who are celebrating 65 years of Moomin Adventures in 2010.

In her later years, Tove Jansson she turned her attention to writing for adults, so several of her books for adults have also been included.

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Meet Squidoo Elf's Friends - the Moomins

Image from Wikimedia
Image from Wikimedia

From left to right, Sniff, Snufkin, Moominpappa, Moominmamma,

Moomintroll (In front), Mymble, Groke, Snork Maiden and Hattifatteners.

Book available on Amazon
Book available on Amazon

Who are, what are Moomins?

What are Moomins?

  • The Moomins are magical little peace-loving creatures, the creations of artist and author Tove Jansson (1914 - 2001).
  • As noted in
  • The Moomins
  • lens, "Moomins love nature and all her creatures. They possess a tolerant and open attitude toward life with a very strong desire for adventures."
  • While the Moomins and friends are gentle, caring and warm-hearted, there is also as sense of melancholy and longing in some of the characters, traits not normally seen in children's books at the time.
Who are the Moomins?

  • The Moomins are Moominpappa, Moominmamma and Moomintroll.
  • They have a whole host of friends, Mymble, Little My, Snork Maiden, Sniff, Snufkin, Groke and a collection of other magical critters. They were were created in 1945 by Tove Jansson in the book, The Moomins and the Great Flood.*
It has been reported that Tove Jansson was depressed over World War II and wrote about something sweet and innocent e.g. the Moomins. She went on to write many more Moomin books and was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1966 for her contributions to children's literature.

In 2010 the Moomins are celebrating 65 years of adventures in Moominland and Moominvalley.

* The Moomins and the Great Flood or The Little Trolls and the Great Flood was the last book to be translated into English and is only available in a limited edition.

Celebrate 65 years of MOOMINS!

A video clip from Puffinbooks, publishers of the Moomin books in the U.K. Celebrating 65 years of Tove Jansson's delightful MOOMINS! If you haven't met a Moomin yet, you're in for the most magical fun.

Meet the Moomins - They're Magical Fun

Screen Shot from YouTube
Screen Shot from YouTube

1. The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My

I remember being fascinated as a child reading the book with all of the special die-cuts and unique layering. Her technique of innovative die-cuts must have been very unusual for the time, because it is still very unique, nearly 60 years later.

The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My
The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My

First published in 1952 this book is a delightful, curious game of what comes next, Moomintroll travels through the woods to get home with milk for Moominmamma.

The reading level is listed ages 9-12, but it can be read aloud as a "What Happens Next" book to younger children.

 

My Mother's Review on Amazon

My Mom reviewed The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My (Hardcover) for Amazon.

  • This Moomin Book and I go back a long way. I have been a Tove Jansson fan since the early 1950's when I was first introduced to her books. This picture book is colorful and pleasing to eye, the art work clear and concise and imaginative. The storyline progresses through holes on each page. I have read the text in its original Swedish as well as the first English translation.
  • This new edition retains the artwork and the individualized lettering which describes each character. We follow the adventures of Moomintroll, Mymble and Little My as they meet other Moominland creatures.
  • In this new 2001 translation by Sophie Hannah the language flows nicely without the occasional awkwardness of the old edition while still maintaining the whimsy so characteristic to Tove Jansson.
  • As a teacher I have introduced Jansson books to countless American children and of course my children and grandchildren all have their own copies! I am delighted this book and others now are available at Amazon.

2. Finn Family Moomintroll

Finn Family Moomintroll (Moomins)
Finn Family Moomintroll (Moomins)

The second of Tove Jansson's books, Finn Family Moomintroll was published in 1948. This book follows the adventures of the Moomins in Moomin Valley once they find the Hobgoblin's top hat.

Recommended for ages 7-10. My youngest got spooked when we read about the Hobgoblin's hat when she was 6.

 

3. Comet in Moominland

Comet in Moominland (Moomins)
Comet in Moominland (Moomins)

Comet in Moominland is the first available book published in 1946. In this book where we meet the Moomins, Moomintroll learns that a comet is heading toward Moominvalley and chronicles his adventures along the way.

 

4. Moominland Midwinter

Moominland Midwinter (Moomins)
Moominland Midwinter (Moomins)

Moominland Midwinter published in 1957 is the fifth Moomin book. In this book we follow Moomintroll's discovery of the wonder of winter. Moomintroll, instead of sleeping through the winter, wakes up in January where he meets newcomer named Too-ticky who introduces him to this most mysterious of all seasons.

 

5. Tales from Moominvalley

Tales from Moominvalley (Moomins)
Tales from Moominvalley (Moomins)

One of the later Moomin books published in 1962 (not generally part of the series), Tales of Moominvalley is actually a collection of stories about the citizens of Moominvalley.

 

6. Moomin Book Five

Moomin Book Five: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip
Moomin Book Five: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip

Moomin Book Five: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip features comic strips that ran in the London Evening News. This book includes the final strips drawn by Tove Jansson and written by her brother Lars, before Lars took over both the art and the writing.

 

7. Moominvalley in November

Moominvalley in November (Moomins)
Moominvalley in November (Moomins)

The last of the Moomin Books series, Moominvalley in November was published in 1970. The book follows the friends of the Moomin family—Fillyjonk, the Hemulen, and Toft—are waiting in Moominvalley for the Moomins to return from sea.

 

8. Who Will Comfort Toffle?

Who Will Comfort Toffle?: A Tale of Moomin Valley
Who Will Comfort Toffle?: A Tale of Moomin Valley

Who Will Comfort Toffle? is a separate book published in 1960. In this book we meet Toffle, a shy wallflower who watches the Moomins of Moomin Valley from afar. Toffle eventually finds the courage to overcome his fears by reaching out to another frightened introvert, Miffle.

It is a very helpful book that speaks to readers of all ages, especially for those who have ever needed a friend to pull them out of their shell.

 

9. Moominsummer Madness

Moominsummer Madness
Moominsummer Madness

Moominsummer Madness is the fourth Moomin book published in 1954. In this book readers follow the adventures of Moomintroll and his family as they take refuge in Moominvalley after a flood.

 

10. Moominpapa at Sea

Moominpappa at Sea (Moomins)
Moominpappa at Sea (Moomins)

Next to the last of the Moomin Books Moominpapa at Sea was published in 1965. In this book, readers follow the Moomin Family when they go of to live in a lighthouse on a tiny island for a change of scenery.

 

Go into the Woods with the Moomins

The image for the Moomin website splash page is taken from

The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My.

Tove Jansson Books for Parents

More about Tove Jansson from Amazon

  • Tove Jansson, writer and artist (1914-2001) first published her Moomin stories for children in England sixty years ago. They have remained in print in the UK ever since. From 1968, however, she turned her attention to writing for adults. Her bestselling novel, 'The Summer Book', is a modern Scandinavian classic. 'Travelling Light' was published fifteen years later.
  • Tove Jansson, whose Moomintroll comic strip and books brought her international acclaim, lived for much of her life on an island like the one described in The Summer Book, and the work can be enjoyed as her closely observed journal of the sounds, sights, and feel of a summer spent in intimate contact with the natural world.
Some of her books for adults are only available for sale outside of Amazon.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Several books about Moomins are translated in Slovene too and I love them. I also recommended them on my blog but I am afraid they are in the shadow of more aggressively propagated stuff. Long live Moomins:)

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      I love the Moomins! I have a hardback of Finn Family Moomintroll and will be getting all of these for Freya when she is older! Beautiful lens (oh and thank you for including my 80's Kids TV lens too!)

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      heidishome 6 years ago

      Wow! I love the artwork in these books!

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 6 years ago

      We're huge Moomin fans in our house - you've selected loads of our favourites in your list!

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      Here in Sweden we love the MUMIN family. I am smiliing when I see the translations of their names into English =)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      How charming. On Christmas day Nico will be 4 1/2 but he is heavy into trucks; no obsessed with trucks. Catalina will be 3 months and 1 day. A little young for this, but I am keeping them in mind

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      the word moomin is new to me. now i understand and knew about moomins. thanks

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      piedromolinero 6 years ago

      I've never heard of Moomin Books before.