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About Kim

Much of my childhood was spent in Oklahoma exploring the woods near our house. I also spent a lot of time in my room reading books and pretending to teach school to my stuffed animals. And I spent time writing. That was the most fun of all.

​​In college, I earned a B.A. in journalism and public relations from the University of Central Oklahoma. I've worked in public relations and as a freelance writer.

​I grew up in a military family. Six of my family members have been stationed or worked at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma. My Wichita great-grandfather served in the Navy during World War II. My grandfather on my mom's side served in the Air Force also during World War II. My Wichita dad was drafted into the Marine Corps where he served in Vietnam. 

​I married an Air Force officer who has taken me all over the world. I’ve even flown on an AWACS jet and got to sit in the jump seat behind the pilot! We’ve lived in Germany and South Korea and visited many countries. Our eldest son was born overseas.

​I’m an enrolled member of Wichita and Affiliated Tribes. When I was growing up, I never saw a kid like me in books. The ones I read that featured Native characters were stereotypical and talked about us in the past tense. We are still here! I write about contemporary Natives, unsung heroes, and untold history. I want to see ALL of us reflected in books. I hope you’ll join me in one of my stories.​

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Long Bio

Kim Rogers is the author of Just Like Grandma,  winner of the 2024 Charlotte Zolotow Award, 2024 Ezra Jack Keats Award Honor for Writer, illustrated by Julie Flett; A Letter for Bob, winner of the 2024 American Indian Youth Award (AIYA), 2024 Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title, illustrated by Jonathan Nelson; and I Am Osage: How Clarence Tinker became the First Native American Major General, illustrated by Bobby Von Martin, all with HarperCollins/Heartdrum. She is a contributor to Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids (Heartdrum 2021). The cover, illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt, was inspired by Jessie, the protagonist in her short story, “Flying Together.” Her poem, “What is a Powwow” is also included. Kim is an enrolled member of Wichita and Affiliated Tribes and is a member of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. Much of her current writing highlights her Wichita heritage. She lives with her family on her tribe’s ancestral homelands in Oklahoma. 

Short Bio

Kim Rogers is the author of Just Like Grandma, winner of the 2024 Charlotte Zolotow Award, Ezra Jack Keats Award Honor for Writer, illustrated by Julie Flett; A Letter for Bob, winner of the 2024 American Indian Youth Award (AIYA), 2024 Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title, illustrated by Jonathan Nelson; and I Am Osage: How Clarence Tinker became the First Native American Major General, illustrated by Bobby Von Martin, all with Heartdrum. She is a contributor to Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids (Heartdrum, 2021). Kim is an enrolled member of Wichita and Affiliated Tribes and a member of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. She lives with her family on her tribe's ancestral homelands in Oklahoma.

Mini Bio

Kim Rogers writes books, short stories, and poems for young readers. Her debut picture book, Just Like Grandma, was published by Heartdrum and won of the 2024 Charlotte Zolotow Award and a 2024 Ezra Keats Award Honor for Writer. 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.

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