Literary Birthday – 12 March – Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton was born 12 March 1936 and died 19 February 2002.


  1. The books from which [children] learn must reflect movement and change and all of the infinite possibilities of minds at liberty.
  2. For the writer, there is nothing quite like having someone say that he or she understands, that you have reached them and affected them with what you have written.
  3. Libraries never let us forget who we are, for their worth stands by the knowledge they keep and save for us.
  4. I can’t explain how it is I keep having new ideas. But one book inevitably follows another. It is my way of exploring the known, the remembered, and the imagined, the literary triad of which all stories are made.
  5. I call myself a wordkeeper, or a keeper of words. I enjoy words and looking at them on all sides… Words are magnificent… They form rhythms of living in meaningful prose… It is the force of my desire, my wish to make myself understood, that powers these words.

Virginia Hamilton was an African-American children’s books author. She wrote 41 books, including M.C. Higgins, the Great for which she won the U.S. National Book Award and the Newbery Medal.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 12th March 2018