Virginia Hamilton

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Birthday
12, 1934
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Feb 19, 2002 (67)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
12, 1934
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Feb 19, 2002 (67)

About

Most well known for her Newbery Medal and U.S. Book Award-winning children's book M. C. Higgins, the Great, she is also famous for her children's mystery The House of Dies Drear, as well as for works such as Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl; The Planet of Junior Brown; and The Girl Who Spun Gold.

Before Fame

Some years after attending Antioch College and Ohio State University, she published her debut literary work, Zeely. The novel received the Nancy Bloch Award and an American Library Association Notable Book designation.

Trivia

Her prestigious literary honors include the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Family Life

One of five children born to Kenneth and Etta Hamilton, she spent her childhood in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Her marriage to children's poet Arnold Adoff produced two children.

Associated With

In 2010, the American Library Association introduced a literary honor known as the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award that recognizes exceptional work by African American children's writers.