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OISE alumna Ruowen Wang wins again, says CCTV


September 12, 2011

by Eileen Thomas


Ruowen Wang featured on CCTV NewsRecently, accomplished author and OISE alumna Ruowen Wang (B.Ed., 1988) was featured on Chinese Central Television News (CCTV) about her life and her award winning books.

Ruowen Wang published her very first book, Are you thinking what I’m thinking? in 2006 to critical acclaim. After teaching English as a Second Language for ten years in the Toronto District School Board, she had decided to follow her passion for children’s literature and plunged full-time into writing stories that reflected her commitment to cultural diversity, multiculturalism and gender equity.

When she turned to writing, she realized she wanted to focus on humour. “Since I had my own children,” she recalls, "I had read many books to them. There were so many books, but few of high quality, so I decided to try writing a book myself.” Since publishing her first book, twelve more followed in quick succession and she has never looked back.

Today, Ruowen has her own section in the Toronto Public Library. Two of her books, Zigzoo, and, The Hidden Treasure, won 2008 Best Books for Kids and Teens honours from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, a top authority on children’s literature in Canada. A year later in 2009, To Share One Moon, was selected, and this year Grandpa Joe, a sensitive portrayal of inter-generational friendship between a young Chinese boy and an elderly Italian widower, was selected.