Virginia Hamilton Conference
Virginia Hamilton Conference


Virginia Hamilton Conference, Scholastic, Lee & Low Publishers,

April 28, 2023

Kent State University 



Registration Rate: $100.00

As part of registration, you will have access to all speakers; ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-EAT breakfast and lunch, and an afternoon snack in the Design Innovation Hub; access to special exhibits; and the opportunity to participate in important discussions. Parking is included.

*SPACE IS LIMITED* Due to space restrictions and the popularity of this year’s speakers, please reserve your seat early. There will be no early bird price. However, discounted group pricing is offered. The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 19, 2023; however, we will accept later registrations on a space-available basis.  We will send you a confirmation letter, map, parking information and other details about two weeks prior to the conference.

*ATTENTION STUDENTS* The Virginia Hamilton Conference will offer a limited number of student scholarships equal to the general registration (includes breakfast, lunch, and snack, plus full access to conference programs and activities). Thank you to our scholarship sponsors, the School of Information, the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) (via the Reinberger Children’s Library Center holiday book sale) and Scholastic, Inc., for this opportunity. Priority will be given to the School of Information students, but all students are eligible to apply. Please contact Chair, Mary Anne Nichols, for more information.


If you're interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Chair, Mary Anne Nichols, for more information.



The Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth is the longest-running event in the United States to focus exclusively on multicultural literature for children and young adults.  With a strong following of librarians, educators, authors, illustrators, scholars, faculty, staff, students and fans, conference attendees gather to honor award-winning author Virginia Hamilton.

The conference mission is to promote cultural awareness and affirmation of lived experiences, such as finding one’s place in the world.

The conference is held at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. 

The 35th Anniversary of The Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth will be held on April 28, 2023 at the Kent State University Design Innovation Hub.

Over the years, the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth has elevated creators (authors, illustrators, publishers, storytellers) who craft stories for youth that celebrate culture and lived experiences. It has provided tools and resources to those who work with youth such as librarians and educators, so they can identify culturally authentic stories that promote appreciation and acceptance.  And, it has created advocates who will help youth to identify themselves in stories and to understand and appreciate cultural differences which develop healthy communities and positive relationships. 

The Conference is sponsored by the College of Communication and Information and the School of Information


  • ​Growing up on a small farm near Yellow Springs, Ohio, in the 1940s, Virginia Hamilton was lovingly embraced by the sights, sounds and smells of rural America, and by a big extended family of cousins, uncles, and aunts. All these things would come into play in the children’s stories Hamilton would spin as an adult.  read more

  • With the 2020 Conference postponed, the Arnold Adoff Poetry Committee has decided to announce the 2020 awards and honor the poets virtually. Please join us in congratulating the recipients as we continue to celebrate diverse poets and poetry.

  • April 28, 2023

    Kent State University