Monday, November 18, 2019

November #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story

Today I'm shining the spotlight on 
Kevin Noble Maillard & Juana Martinez-Neal,
author & illustrator of #cbadspotlight pick 
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story 
an NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book
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 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.

One of the most important parts of this book, to me, is the extensive back matter in Kevin's author's note that provides context and around Native history in this country. It is a valuable material for educators who do any teaching around Indigenous peoples, Nations, and U.S. history.

Kevin and Juana participated in several interviews around the publication of this book. I have compiled links to them for you to use to inform your use of the book and to share bits of with students where appropriate. 

"Food Brings Families Together in Fry Bread" NPR

Fry Bread: A Tribute to Family and Tradition | An Interview with Kevin Noble Maillard School Library Journal

Meet-the-Author Recording with Kevin Noble Maillard

Q & A with Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal Publishers Weekly

Fry Bread as More Than Food Wisconsin Public Radio

Q&A with Kevin and Juana Bartography

Native Voices: Kevin Noble Maillard on Writing Fry Bread Cynsations

Cover Reveal Interview Mr. Schu's Watch. Connect. Read.

Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal The Children's Book Podcast

Fry Bread: A Group Review Indigo's Bookshelf: Voices of Native Youth

Native Children Will Be Seen in Fry Bread Indian Country Today

Publishers' Preview: Debut Authors: Five Questions for Kevin Noble Maillard Horn Book

Be sure to check out all of the #cbadspotlight choices for this school year!
Visit for more information on #classroombookaday,
a goal to read aloud a picture book every day of the school year, at any grade,
inspired by Donalyn Miller's #bookaday.

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