Tove Jansson

Author and Illustrator Tove Jansson

Profession: Author and Illustrator


Biography: Tove Jansson is the author and illustrator of the Moomin children's books.

Jansson wrote her first Moomin book about the family of trolls in 1945 and went on to publish a number of other books about the Moomin family, often basing the characters on her own family. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1966.

In addition to her children's books Jansson wrote adult novels and short stories and worked as an illustrator and graphic designer.

Born: August 9, 1914
Birthplace: Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Leo

Died: June 27, 2001 (aged 86)

Historical Events

  • 1990-04-12 Anime TV series "Moomin", based on Moomin children's books by Tove Jansson 1st appears on Tokyo TV