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Amy Hodgepodge

Amy Hodgepodge Books

From comedic entertainer Kim Wayans and her writer husband, Kevin Knotts, comes a dynamic chapter book series that gives a face and a voice to multiracial children. Children of all races will identify with Amy Hodgepodge because it deals with universal themes such as feeling "different," being teased, and making new friends. Celebrate what makes you unique with the one and only Amy Hodgepodge!

Join Amy and her friends on their very own website,, for:

Games and activities
A peek into Amy’s scrapbook
Jokes from Amy’s friend Rusty
News about the latest books
...and more!

Meet the Authors

Kim Wayans

Kim Wayans was born and raised in New York City, in the borough of Manhattan. After graduating from Wesleyan University with honors, she headed out west to Hollywood to make her show biz dreams come true. After a brief stint as an office temp, she starting hitting the local clubs to do stand-up comedy. It was through this that led Kim to start booking acting gigs in television and film. In the 1990's, she starred in the ground-breaking sketch-comedy show, "In Living Color," along with her four brothers: Keenen, Damon, Shawn and Marlon Wayans. When the show ended its last season, Kim went on to co-star in the sitcom "In the House" with L.L. Cool J, and was featured in the film, "Juwanna Mann."

It wasn't until a few years ago that Kim went back to her childhood passion for creating and writing, when she left acting to become a writer/producer/director for the ABC hit family comedy, "My Wife and Kids." Kim has been a writer since the time she was a child in the fifth grade, and was asked to read her collection of children stories she had written to the first and second grade classes. Now she has come full circle with her new children's book series, Amy Hodgepodge. Kim has a great love for children and recently pitched in to help her brothers Shawn, Marlon and Keenen Ivory out by lending her voice to their new children's animated show, "The Boo Crew" where she plays the lead character, D-Roc's mother. Kim is currently starring in a one-woman play she wrote and produced called, "A Handsome Woman Retreats," which she plans on touring nationally. One of the personal and professional highlights of her life has been appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2004.

In her spare time, Kim is an avid reader, yoga practitioner and devoted auntie to many, many, nieces and nephews, some of whom helped to inspire the book series. Kim has been honored to speak at high schools across the country about the importance of education. She was invited to be the keynote speaker at "Girl's Rock," a symposium for underprivileged girls in New Mexico. There she spoke about what it means to be an empowered woman. In addition, she's also been a continual guest speaker at Camp Harmony. A summer camp for inner-city kids in Los Angeles, where she encourages children to strive to make their dreams come true.

Kevin Knotts

Kevin Knotts was born and raised in Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and later went on to receive his M.B.A. at Central Oklahoma University. After a brief stint working in the oil and gas business, he moved to Newport Beach, California to sell commercial real estate. After a while, his creative yearnings took over, and Kevin moved to Los Angeles to answer its call. He became a devoted student of acting and writing and soon began securing work in television and film. In addition to guest starring on such popular shows as "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" and "My Wife and Kids," Kevin also became a writer on the ABC hit family comedy "My Wife and Kids." He continues to write and penned three screenplays, one with his wife and writing partner, Kim Wayans.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, keeping tabs on the Oklahoma Sooners, and of course, being an uncle to all his many, many nieces and nephews. Kevin lists "Children's International" as one of his favorite charities.