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Amitha Jagannath Knight

Author Website & Blog


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Dr. Amitha Jagannath Knight is a writer and poet for all ages and a graduate of MIT and Tufts University School of Medicine. She is also a former social media manager for We Need Diverse Books. Her debut picture book, Usha and the Big Digger, won a 2023 Mathical Book Prize Honor Award.

While her parents were originally from South India, she and her siblings (including her identical twin!) were born in the United States

Dr. Knight has lived in Texas and Arkansas, and now lives in Massachusetts with her husband, kids, and cats.

Photo credit: Carter Hasegawa



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Amitha has two poems published in this anthology from the Writers' Loft Press.


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Winner of the 2023 Mathical Book Prize Honor Award.

“The book bursts with charming images of endearing kids, and the story’s presentation of the girls’ varying, equally valid perspectives is a valuable tool for promoting empathy.” — Kirkus


“[An] endearing portrait of one Indian American family learning to embrace differing perspectives.” — Publisher’s Weekly


Dr. Knight loves visiting schools! She has availabilities for school visits and storytime events, both virtual and in-person. Contact her for more information.

Looking for her BosKidLit Calendar? She has transitioned this to the BosKidLit Collective for BIPOC kidlit creators. Click here for more information about this project.



Literary agent: Kari Sutherland

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Email address: amitha.knight[at]

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