Author Angela Johnson of Kent will be presented the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award in April during Kent State University's annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth.
Johnson has written more than 40 picture books, novels, short-story collections and books of poetry. Among other honors, she has been named a MacArthur Fellow, received the American Library Association's Coretta Scott King Award for several of her books, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Kent State University in 2007.
Johnson's newest book is "Lottie Paris and the Best Place," to be published in March.
The Virginia Hamilton Award is presented to an author or illustrator in recognition of artistic excellence that contributes to the field of multicultural literature for children or adolescents.
The award honors Ohio author Virginia Hamilton, an African-American author of children's books. She wrote 41 books, including "M. C. Higgins, the Great," for which she won the U.S. National Book Award and the Newbery Medal in 1975.