Winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
A American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Winner
A Publishers Weekly Best Picture Book
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book
A School Library Journal Best Picture Book
A Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book
A Booklist Editor's Choice
A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
A National Public Radio (NPR) Best Book
A NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
A ALA Notable Children's Book
A ILA Notable Book for a Global Society
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.
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.
“A wonderful and sweet book [that] takes a staple food of many tribes across the country and uses it to think about family, history, memory and community . . . Lovely stuff.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Through the story and the book's beautiful pictures, Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal capture the complexity of native identity.”—Graham Lee Brewer, NPR
“An affecting picture book that features family and friends gathering, creating and enjoying fry bread together. Glorious . . . [Back matter] augments the simple, sincere verses with illuminating edification for older readers . . . Remarkable in balancing the shared delights of extended family with onerous ancestral legacy, Maillard both celebrates and bears witness to his no-single-recipe-fits-all community.”—Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“Rich with smells and sounds, Fry Bread radiates with Native American pride, the sharing of traditions and the love of family.”—Book Page (starred review)
“With buoyant, heartfelt illustrations that show the diversity in Native America, the book tells the story of a post-colonial food, a shared tradition across the North American continent . . . Through this topic that includes the diversity of so many Native peoples in a single story, Maillard (Mekusukey Seminole) promotes unity and familiarity among nations. Fry bread is much more than food, as this book amply demonstrates.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Fry Bread celebrates the thing itself and much, much more . . . Maillard and Martinez-Neal bring depth, detail, and whimsy to this Native American food story, with text and illustrations depicting the diversity of indigenous peoples, the role of continuity between generations, and the adaptation over time of people, place, and tradition.”—Booklist (starred review)
“This warm and charming book shows and affirms Native lives. The informational text and expressive drawings give it broad appeal.”—School Library Journal (starred review)
“A powerful meditation.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)