Cao Wenxuan 曹文轩

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One of China's most popular authors of children's fiction, Cao Wenxuan's works are typically set in the China of the 1950s and 60s, and feature children and animals as their main characters. Titles such as The Straw House and Bronze and Sunflower have collectively sold millions of copies in China, and Cao has won most of the domestic prizes available to children's authors. His reputation abroad is on the rise, as seen on 4 April 2016 when he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Feature by Bertrand Mialaret

Press release for The Amber Tiles

Cao Wenxuan is the featured author in READ PAPER REPUBLIC, week 15, 24 September 2015.


Read Now: On Paper Republic

Crows tr. Helen Wang September 24, 2015

Read Now: Around the Web

Huiwa's Stand tr. Helen Wang Pathlight: New Chinese Writing
A Very Special Pigeon tr. Helen Wang Writing Chinese

Book Publications

Flying High cover

Flying High

| Jake Hope and Simone-Davina Monnelly

February 01, 2024

Dragonfly Eyes cover

Dragonfly Eyes

| Helen Wang

January 02, 2021

Feather cover


| Chloe Garcia Roberts

October 18, 2017

Smoke cover


| Duncan Poupard

December 31, 2016

Bronze and Sunflower cover

Bronze and Sunflower

| Helen Wang

April 01, 2015

Original Works

Short story (2)

Novel (1)

Essay (1)

Children's book (7)

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