Bobby book cover

A story of Robert F. Kennedy

Grandfather said:
It will take many hands reaching out… just like yours.
It will take tough, fierce, mighty hearts… just like yours.
So ask questions.
Get ready to change the world.

You can listen on Spotify to Robert Kennedy’s words, in his voice, to accompany the story in this book.

You can learn more at my Pinterest board about RFK’s life and about the funeral train that ends this book.

“Americans claimed Robert Kennedy as one of their own. They called him Bobby.”

Published by: Scholastic Press
Pages: 48
ISBN-10: 0545171237
ISBN-13: 978-0545171236
Buy the Book: Indiebound,, Amazon


Lyrical and evocative text by Deborah Wiles brings the story of Robert F. Kennedy to life, with breathtaking illustrations by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh.

Bobby is set in 1968, with a grandfather telling his grandchild about Kennedy’s life. Bobby was the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy. He became an accomplished public servant and activist in his own right. Though his run for presidency was tragically cut short on June 5, 1968, Bobby proved the value of empathy and grit. The story concludes as his funeral train makes its solemn journey from New York to Washington, DC.

Kennedy was perceived by many to be a rare unifying force in American politics. He was beloved by Americans of all races for his integrity and devotion to the civil rights cause. His life continues to inspire efforts for social change.

Deborah Wiles’s Bobby will illuminate the importance of Robert Kennedy’s life for children, parents, teachers, and librarians. Informative back matter is included.

Praise for Bobby