Ma Yu currently resides in Beijing after graduating from the Department of Chinese Painting at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts. She enjoys making picture books, product designs, and anything to do with painting. Wukong, Be A Good Boy! was one of her works that won the International Original Picture Book Award and was published in Japan by Hakuyosha. The Adventure on Mars, the third title in the “Wukong, Be A Good Boy!” series, won the 4th “Young China” Children’s Cultural Works Picture Book Group Finalist Award and the “Zhang Leping Picture Book Award” Finalist Award in 2016. The “Wukong, Be A Good Boy!” series also represented China at the 2017 Bratislava International Illustration Biennale.
Zhu Chengliang is an award-winning Chinese illustrator. Born in Shanghai and raised in Suzhou, he studied at the Department of Fine Art at Nanjing University and has worked as an author, illustrator, editor, and designer. He was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2016. His books have been named to the IBBY Honour List, received first prize in the Feng Zikai Children’s Book Award contest, been named one of the Ten Best Illustrated Books by the New York Times, and been named Runner Up in the UNESCO Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustrations.
Da Wu is a picture book author and illustrator from China. Many of his works and essays are published in periodicals such as “Du You” and “Youth Digest” in China. He used to illustrate for authors including Keigo Higashino, Li Juan, and Liu Liangcheng. His picture book The King of Trees was selected by the UK dPICTUS in 2019 as one of the “World’s 100 Outstanding Picture Books” and was exhibited at the Frankfurt Book Fair that year. In 2019, his picture book Bird and Statue was awarded the New Talent Prize at the BIBF Ananas International Illustration Exhibition.
Li Xingming was born in Guangdong and attended the Central Academy of Fine Arts Picture Book Creation Studio. He received the first award in the China Central Academy of Fine Arts Graduation Design Award, as well as the Gold Award in the Tianhe Award International Innovation Design Competition. He is currently a lecturer at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He is as well as the illustrator of the picture book, Sudan’s Rhino Horn.
Cao Wenxuan grew up in rural China and is now a professor of Chinese literature and children’s literature. He is the author of several celebrated books for young readers, including the novel Bronze and Sunflower, which received three starred reviews. His fluid, poetic prose depicts honest, sometimes raw, and often melancholy moments of life. He has also received significant recognition for his academic research and teaching in the field of children’s literature, and he was the first Chinese author to win the Hans Christian Andersen Author Award.
XI YUKE (LIU HANGYU)
Xi Yuke is a writer and freelance painter who was born in the north of China in 1993 and now lives in the south. He primarily writes novels and children’s books. His novel has been published in magazines such as Juvenile Literature, October Juvenile Literature, Reader, Children’s Literature, and others. He has received several awards, including the Bingxin Children’s Literature New Work Award, the 2nd Bronze Sunflower Children’s Novel Award, and the Jieli Cup Jinbo Early Childhood Literature Award.
Dai Yun is a children’s book author. She received a BA from the School of Foreign Languages, Nanjing University, and MA from the University of New South Wales, Australia. Sudan’s Rhino Horn, Where Do We Go?, The Wandering Chicken, and Kiri Tree are among her most notable pieces. Her works have won a number of prestigious national awards in China, including being named one of the Recommended Books by the National Library of China’s Wenjing Book Award, as well as the first prize in the 7th Feng Zikai Children’s Picture Book Award, which is considered the highest Chinese picture book honor.
Han Han, whose real name is Han Xian, is a native of Hunan and was born in 1983. In 2004, she graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, majoring in printmaking, and in 2007, graduated from the Department of Printmaking, Central Academy of Fine Arts, majoring in contemporary illustration and media, under the supervision of Professor You Jindong, mainly researching various art forms related to illustration, such as handmade books, original picture books, book illustrations, etc.
After retiring from the China Children’s Press and Publishing House, Zhou Xu began to focus on writing. He enjoys painting, photography, collecting stamps, fishing, and traveling. He began creating picture books again when he was 50 years old. His works include Playing Snowball, Heavy Snow Can’t Cover the Way Home, Pull The Turnip, The House Full of Holes, Little Rabbit Who Likes to Wear an Apron, and others.