The Moomins are the loveable central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish by Schildts in Finland.

The adventurous Moomin family live in their house in Moominvalley and have many adventures with their various friends. They are a family of round fairy tale characters with large snouts that make them resemble the hippopotamus. 

One of our favourite characters in the Moomins is Moomintroll. Have you met him yet?

He’s an agreeable fellow who’s interested in everything he sees. The world is full of exciting things to investigate, but Moomintroll particularly loves collecting rocks and shells. He also loves the sea, as does the whole Moomin family.

Moomintroll is a dreamer and a thinker, and the maverick vagabond Snufkin is his best friend.

Moomintroll loves Moominmamma and his family above all else. There’s no problem that Moominmamma can’t solve. And when Moominpappa invents a good excuse for an adventure, Moomintroll is always eager to tag along. 

We meet Moomintroll right away in the first Moomin book, The Moomins and the Great Flood. Moomintroll doesn’t reach adulthood during the Moomin stories, but he does grow up a lot in the book Moominland Midwinter.

Tove Jansson’s original Moomin picture books are a must-read when it comes to children’s books, but there are also lots of lovely Moomin book adaptations for babies and toddlers. Scroll further to find the perfect Moomin book for your tiny bookworm or your big bookworm!

Here are some of our favourite Moomin adventures here. We hope you LOVE them as much as we do here at LoveReading4Kids.