Saturday, March 12, 2016

Happy Birthday, Virginia

On this day in 1934 a little girl was born who would become a prolific writer of wonderful stories. 

Virginia Hamilton was the granddaughter of Levi Perry, who was brought as a baby by means of the Underground Railroad to Ohio, where Virginia grew up.  Her childhood was filled with wonderful stories told by him and by her parents to Virginia and her four older siblings.  This ignited a desire in her to become a writer and lead to a major in literature and creative writing at the Ohio State University.   

Her dream came true with the 1967 publication of her first book, Zeely.  This was followed by 40 more books in a variety of genre over the years.  Her outstanding writing garnered many, many prestigious awards throughout her career, including the Newbery and three Newbery Honor Awards, Coretta Scott King Award, as well as the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her body of work.

Sadly, Virginia was only 65 when she passed away on February 1, 2002.  Her many books are a tribute to her storytelling gift.  If you haven't yet experienced the magic of a story by Virginia Hamilton, it's high time you did. 


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