PB: Fry Bread: a Native American Family Story - Ages 3+
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PB: Fry Bread: a Native American Family Story - Ages 3+

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Winner of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
A 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Winner

"A wonderful and sweet book . . . Lovely stuff." The New York Times Book Review

Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal.

Fry bread is food
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.

Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.

Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.

Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.


  • A 2020 Charlotte Huck Recommended Book 
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Picture Book of 2019 
  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019 
  • A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019 
  • A Booklist 2019 Editor's Choice
  • A Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book of 2019
  • A Goodreads Choice Award 2019 Semifinalist 
  • A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book of 2019 
  • A National Public Radio (NPR) Best Book of 2019 
  • An NCTE Notable Poetry Book 
  • A 2020 NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 
  • A 2020 ALA Notable Children's Book 
  • A 2020 ILA Notable Book for a Global Society 
  • 2020 Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year List 
  • One of NPR's 100 Favorite Books for Young Readers 
  • Nominee, Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award 2022-2022 
  • Nominee, Illinois Monarch Award 2022 

Kevin Maillard is Professor of Law at Syracuse University and a contributor to the New York Times . He has written for The Atlantic and has provided on-air commentary to ABC News and MSNBC. He is the author of Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, a picture book illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, which won the Sibert Medal and the American Indian Youth Literature Honor. An enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, he is based in Manhattan, NY.

Juana Martinez-Neal is the Peruvian-born daughter and granddaughter of painters. Her debut as an author-illustrator, Alma and How She Got Her Name, was awarded a Caldecott Honor, and Zonia's Rain Forest was named an ALA Top 10 Sustainability-themed Children's Book. She illustrated New York Times bestselling picture book Tomatoes for Neela by Padma Lakshmi; Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, which won a Robert F. Sibert Medal; and La Princesa and the Pea by Susan M. Elya, for which she won a Pura Belpre Illustrator Award. She also co-illustrated with Molly Idle I Don't Care by Julie Fogliano. Juana Martinez-Neal lives in Connecticut with her family.

Author: Kevin Noble Maillard
Illustrator: Juana Martinez-Neal
Format: Hardcover
Product dimensions: 48 pages, 10.15 x 10.35
Published: Oct 22, 2019
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Recommended for ages 3-6.

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