Irit Amit was born in Kvutzat Kinneret, Israel, in 1950. She studied geography and literature and has a PhD in geography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Amit has taught at high schools in Israel and the United States as well as at the Open University. She now teaches geography and Israel Studies at Bar-Ilan University, and Tel Aviv University. In addition to books for children, Amit has published historical novels, biographies, and scholarly works on geography and the teaching of Hebrew.