1993. Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. New York: Knopf. Distributed by Random House. This nonfiction story collection about the Plantation Era in America presents factual slave escape stories and portraits of real people in their historical context.
1993. Plain City. New York: Blue Sky Press. In the stillness of winter, Buhlaire Sims is ready to get some answers about her family in this coming-of-age novel about people of various colors and classes.
1995. Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. New York: Blue Sky Press. Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. This all-female collection spans the generations, from girl child to elder woman, in stories ranging from Cinderella fantasy to long-ago folktales and true narratives of real women.
1995. Jaguarundi. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. New York: Blue Sky Press. Endangered animals must make their way to freedom in this original picture-book story.
1996. When Birds Could Talk & Bats Could Sing: The Adventures of Bruh Sparrow, Sis Wren, and Their Friends. Illustrated by Barry Moser. New York: Blue Sky Press. Here is a wonderfully humorous collection of bird tales collected from Plantation Era slaves, retold in colloquial speech.
1997. A Ring of Tricksters: Animal Tales from America, the West Indies, and Africa. Illustrated by Barry Moser. New York: Blue Sky Press. Eleven of the best animal trickster tales ever, gathered from the storytelling ring of the slave trade during the American plantation era.
1998. Second Cousins. New York: Blue Sky Press. In this sequel to Cousins, a family reunion brings two sophisticated second cousins from New York City — setting Cammy’s world off balance.
1999. Bluish: A Novel. New York: Blue Sky Press. A new girl arrives at school in a wheelchair, and some of the children call her “Bluish.” Her leukemia makes her seem different, but Dreenie’s overwhelming curiosity leads her and another student, Tuli, to reach beyond their fear.
2000. The Girl Who Spun Gold. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. New York: Blue Sky Press. This stunning picture-book folktale runs parallel to the classic “Rumpelstiltskin,” where a girl must spin gold for a king or die. In this West Indian–based telling, Quashiba must guess the name of her magical helper, Lit’mahn Bittyun.
2001 Time Pieces: The Book of Times. New York: Blue Sky Press. In Hamilton’s semi-autobiographical novel she weaves together the present time and slave times. Published posthumously.
2003. Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl. Illustrated by James Ransome. New York: Blue Sky Press. Hamilton adds her magic to a popular African American story and tells it in authentic colloquial speech. Published posthumously.
2004. Wee Winnie Witch’s Skinny: An Original African American Scare Tale. Illustrated by Barry Moser. New York: Blue Sky Press. A wild night ride of bewitchment and fright based on an 1800s African American scare tale about a woman who outwits a witch and steals her skin. Published posthumously.
2010. Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays, and Conversations. Edited by Arnold Adoff and Kacy Cook. New York: Blue Sky Press/Scholastic Inc.