The Hans Christian Andersen Award

1992 - Virginia Hamilton

Born: 12 March 1934, Yellow Springs, Ohio, United States

Died: 19 February 2002

Author's quote: "The books from which [children] learn must reflect movement and change all of the infinite possibilities of minds at liberty. "

Field: Children's Literature

Prize share: 1/1

Books Written By Virginia Hamilton

About Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Esther Hamilton was an African-American author of children's books. She wrote 41 books, including M. C. Higgins, the Great, for which she won the U.S. National Book Award in category Children's Books and the Newbery Medal in 1975.

Named for her grandfather's home state, Virginia Hamilton grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio among a sprawling extended family, many of whom owned neighbouring farms where the young Virginia was welcome. Her family encouraged her to read and write widely.

She attended Antioch College and then transferred to Ohio State University.

She met the poet Arnold Adoff while living in New York, and married him in 1960. The two would later return with their children to live on the farm where Hamilton was raised, which her family had owned since the 1850s.

Hamilton's first book as a child was "The Novel". In 1967, she published Zeely.

Hamilton died of breast cancer on February 19, 2002, in Dayton, Ohio although she was a resident of Yellow Springs.[8] Three books have been published posthumously: Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl (2003), Wee Winnie Witch's Skinny (2004), and Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays, and Conversations, edited by Arnold Adoff and Kacy Cook (2010).


The People Could Fly: The Picture Book - Virginia Hamilton

By Rosaline Arthur

I loved this book since I was a little girl and decided to order this book for my little one to read as well. I love anything by Virginia Hamilton, fantastic author!


The People Could Fly: The Picture Book - Virginia Hamilton

By Veronica

I have been trying to find out how to introduce my son to black history. I saw this book at the library and decided to check it out. Just curious. I don't care much for most African American books because...I don't know. Most seem boring? It doesnt grasp my sons attention. This book was so well written. My son was so absorbed. A little dismayed due to their plight, but he wanted me to keep reading. I am ordering it to add it to my collections. Job well done Virgina.