- NAME: Virginia Hamilton
- OCCUPATION: Author
- BIRTH DATE: March 12, 1934
- DEATH DATE: February 19, 2002
- EDUCATION: Antioch College, Ohio State University, New School for Social Research
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Yellow Springs, Ohio
- PLACE OF DEATH: Dayton, Ohio
- Full Name: Virginia Esther Hamilton
- AKA: Virginia Hamilton
- AKA: Virginia Hamilton Adoff
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Virginia Hamilton was a multiple award-winning children's author whose work celebrated diversity and the African-American experience.
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More accolades were to come, as in 1989 Hamilton was named distinguished writing professor at the Graduate School of Education at Ohio State. In 1990 she received the Catholic Library Association’s Regina Medal, given annually “for continued,
distinguished contribution to children’s literature.”
Hamilton went on to win the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing (the highest international recognition bestowed on an author or illustrator of children’s literature), a MacArthur Fellowship, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the University of Southern Mississippi de Grummond Medal.
Virginia Hamilton continued to write until she died of breast cancer on February 19, 2002. Three of her books were published posthumously: Time Pieces, Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl, and Wee Winnie Witch’s Skinny.
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