On August 20, 2016, the 35th International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) was held in Auckland, New Zealand. At 19:00 local time, the model ceremony of the Hans Christian Andersen Award started. Patricia Aldana, president of the award jury, officially awarded Mr. Cao Wenxuan the gold medal and certificate of merit of the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
At the medal ceremony, Mr. Cao Wenxuan made an excellent speech which was titled "Literature: Another Form of Housebuilding" and got lasting applause made by hundreds of attendees.
Mr. Cao Wenxuan won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2016. He was the first Chinese writer who won the highest honor in the children's literature field in the world. It was the first time for a Chinese writer to win this award.
At the medal ceremony, representatives of Tomorrow Publishing House and other publishing houses cooperating closely with Mr. Cao Wenxuan jointly witnessed this historic moment. In recent years, Tomorrow Publishing House elaborately planned and published over 20 books such as Works of Cao Wenxuan Fenglin Ferry, Cao Wenxuan’s Storytelling and Cao Wenxuan’s Pure and Beautiful Picture Books which have achieved good social benefits and economic benefits. At the medal ceremony, Mr. Cao Wenxuan inscribed "The children's books published by Tomorrow are the tomorrow of children's books" to Tomorrow Publishing House and extended his profound wish and expectation to Tomorrow Publishing House.
In the future, Tomorrow Publishing House will further strengthen its cooperation with Mr. Cao Wenxuan and other outstanding writers children's literature, constantly promote the foreign exchange, translation and dissemination of Chinese children's literature, improve the artistic quality and confidence of Chinese children's literature in a practical way and help more Chinese works of children's literature become world-class classics.