A Letter for Bob

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Author Kim Rogers (Wichita) and illustrator Jonathan Nelson (Diné) bring to life a letter written by a Wichita girl who says goodbye to her beloved family car named Bob, thanking him for all the memories of powwows, vacations, and time spent with family.

With humor and heart, and brought to life by Jonathan Nelson’s warm, distinctive artwork, Kim Rogers’s A Letter for Bob celebrates the treasured cars that carry us through our most meaningful childhood moments.

Ever since the day Mom and Dad brought Bob home from the car dealership, Bob has been a part of Katie’s family.

Bob has taken them all over, from powwows to vacations to time spent with faraway family. Bob has been there in sad and scary times and for some of the family’s most treasured memories.

But after many miles, it’s time for the family to say goodbye to Bob…

This humorous and tender story about a family car will appeal to every kid whose family has owned a special car.

This book is published by Heartdrum, an imprint devoted to publishing fine books by Indigenous authors.


Kim Rogers is the author of Just Like Grandma, illustrated by Julie Flett. She is an enrolled member of Wichita and Affiliated Tribes and is a member of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. Kim lives with her family on her tribe’s ancestral homelands in Oklahoma.

Jonathan Nelson is a visual artist. He is Diné (Navajo) and born into his mother’s clan, the Towering House Clan (Kiiyaa’áanii), and born for his father’s clan, the Mexican Clan (Naakai Dine’é). Jonathan holds a master’s degree in visual communication from the University of Arizona and work as an illustrator, fine artist, and creative consultant.


"I adore this book with a completeness I didn't anticipate. I'll be sharing it at every workshop I do, with librarians, educators, teacher-educators... everyone." -Dr. Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature "What starts as a simple ode to a well-cherished sedan quickly becomes a more nuanced love letter to Native families, accompanied by emotion-driven, comic art from Nelson (Diné). For its tender vignettes of modern Indigenous life, this tale will make a glowing addition to any personal, school, or public library." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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