Cao Wenxuan

Cao Wenxuan

 

China

 

Cao Wenxuan grew up in rural China; he nonetheless was able to study at Peking University and is now a professor of Chinese literature and children’s literature. His childhood though materially poor was emotionally and aesthetically rich and these attributes he brought to his first very successful book, Cao Fang Zi (The straw house, 1997). This book, one of the first coming of age, novels in China won several prizes, including the National Children’s Literature Award, the top award for children’s literature in China. His fluid, poetic prose depicts honest, sometimes raw and often melancholy moments of life. Qing Tong Kui Hua (Bronze and Sunflower, 2005) tells the story of a young city girl trying to find her place in the countryside. The Dingding Dangdang (2012) series follows the life of two brothers with Downs Syndrome living in a small rural Chinese village. This series was selected as one of IBBY’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2015. Cao Wenxuan has also written a series of fantasy novels, Da Wang Shu (The king book, 2007). He has also received significant recognition for his academic research and teaching in the field of children’s literature.