Bob McKinnon

Children's Author

Bob is a writer, designer, podcast host, children’s author, and teacher. What unites all of his work is the desire to help others move up in life – just as others have helped him.

Bob is the author of the NY Times Bestselling children’s book, THREE LITTLE ENGINES, (a modern retelling of the beloved "The Little Engine That Could"). He also writes the Moving Up Mondays newsletter and edited the book Actions Speak Loudest: Keeping Our Promise for A Better World. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, The Boston Globe, PBS, NPR, Fast Company  and the Huffington Post. 

Bob directs the Moving Up Media Lab, a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire Americans to reflect on who and what has contributed to where they end up in life. Their latest project is the PBS distributed podcast, Attribution with Bob McKinnon.  

He is an adjunct professor at both the Parsons School of Design and the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership where he teaches courses on social mobility and the American Dream.

Bob lives in a small village north of New York City, near a train station with his wife, dog, and three engines...err daughters. 

Learn more about his work and his own journey out of poverty at