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A forum for multicultural themes and issues in literature for children and young adults.

Awards

The Virginia Hamilton Literary Award

Established in 1998 by the Advisory Board of Kent State University’s Virginia Hamilton Conference, this award recognizes an American author or illustrator whose books demonstrate artistic excellence and make a significant contribution to the field of multicultural literature for children and adolescents. The award is conferred annually at the conference.

The Virginia Hamilton Literary Award is sponsored by the Cleveland Public Library, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Hamilton Arts Inc., NEO Regional Library System,and the Cleveland Public Library.

For further information, contact conference co-director Meghan Harper, Ph.D.

The Virginia Hamilton Essay Award

Established in 1991, the Virginia Hamilton Essay Award recognizes a journal article published in a given year which makes a significant contribution to professional literature concerning multicultural literary experiences for youth. Members of the Virginia Hamilton Conference Advisory Board select the winning essay from among those which were nominated.

For further information or nominations, contact conference co-director Meghan Harper, Ph.D.

The Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grants for Teachers and Librarians

Applications are now being accepted for the Annual Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grants for Teachers and Librarians. Two grants up to $1,000 each will be given. One grant will be given to a teacher and another to a librarian for proposals to develop new classroom or library programs that raise awareness of multicultural literature among young people; particularly but not exclusively through the works of Virginia Hamilton. The application deadline is Feb. 28 for that year's award. Complete instructions and proposal guidelines are available on the Grant Application:

Please complete and submit the application along with your proposal to Meghan Harper, Ph.D., or by mail to Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grant, c/o Meghan Harper, Ph.D., School of Library and Information Science, P.O. Box 5190, 314 Library, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44242. Grant recipients will be announced on Friday at the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth. For further information, contact conference co-director Meghan Harper, Ph.D.