Next Letter for Kids: Sayantani DasGupta


We’re sending our next Letter for Kids from Sayantani DasGupta! Sayantani writes to us about superheroes, Bengali folktales passed down from her grandmother, and why it’s important to share your stories!

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Sayantani DasGupta is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed, Bengali folktale and string theory-inspired Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond books, the first of which—The Serpent’s Secret—was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Best Middle Grade Novel of the 21st Century, and an EB White Read Aloud Honor Book. Sayantani is a pediatrician by training, but now teaches at Columbia University. When she’s not writing or reading, Sayantani spends time watching cooking shows with her trilingual children and protecting her black Labrador retriever Khushi from the many things that scare him, including plastic bags. She is a team member of We Need Diverse Books and recently gave a TEDx talk on radical imagination and why children’s literature can change the world.


Photograph of Sayantani DasGupta by Chris X. Carroll.