Welcome to the official Virginia Hamilton Website

Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays, and Conversations

We are proud to announce:

Speeches, Essays, and Conversations


America’s most distinguished author of children’s books also gave the world an impressive collection of speeches, essays, interviews, and conversations. This beautiful collection will illuminate the thinking behind her work as well as speak to a new generation of readers, introducing them to Ms. Hamilton’s provocative vision and her stunning body of literature.

Explore the collection: Look inside to find a complete table of contents, excerpts, and more. Look inside »

Virginia Hamilton changed children’s literature for generations of readers, bringing a Faulknerian style of sophisticated and cutting-edge writing to the world of books for young readers. Hamilton was awarded the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honors, the National Book Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, and many more. Readers will be enlightened by Hamilton’s engaging, powerful, and witty perspective on African American literature as well as her own experiences as a writer and an American.

Order Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays, and Conversations

upcoming events

    [events_list limit=3]

A Letter to Virginia Hamilton

At the culmination of the acceptance speech for the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for Multicultural Literature at Kent State University, Pam Muñoz Ryan, read “A Letter to Virginia Hamilton.” Read the letter »