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Juana Martinez-Neal

#GRA20 – Week 2

Hello again! A post and video to get the Global Read Aloud 2020 Week 2 started. This week is all about Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story written by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by me and published by Roaring Brook Press.

 Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story was awarded the 2020 Sibert Medal2020 AIYLA Picture Book Honor, among many other awards and recognitions. I hope you enjoy diving into this title, especially this week since tomorrow we celebrate Indigenous People’s Day. Make sure to visit the book’s page for interviews, videos, podcasts and more.

As last week, please post your questions below as comments by Wednesday. I’ll gather the questions and see you on Thursday with the answer to your questions.

Thank you for participating in the #GRA20! Thank you for reading my books!

See you on Thursday!


Children's book author and illustrator, mami of three, wife, sun aficionado, amateur singer and Margarita lover born in Lima, Peru and living in sunny AZ.


  • October 13, 2020


    Hello Ms. Juana!

    We loved your pictures in “Fry Bread”. They are beautiful! Our class is from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We are Grade 2 Students who LOVE to read!

    We have some questions for you:
    How did you learn to draw?
    How long did it take you to illustrate the book?
    How long does it usually take to illustrate a book?
    How did you come up with the ideas for each page?
    Why did you decide to become an illustrator?
    What did you use to create the pictures?

    We can’t wait for your next book!

    From Your Grade 2 Readers and Writers in Edmonton

  • October 13, 2020

    Kari Allen

    Dear Juana, Thank you for your books! We are a Second Grade class in New Hampshire. Here are our questions: Why do you make your books different from each other? Why did you decide to make some of the pictures different from the words? Did you have a special food when you were growing up? Why did you start making books? Have you ever made a funny book? How many books have you written? Where do you think up your characters? Thank you!

  • October 14, 2020

    Ms. Neumann's First Grade

    Who were all the people in the story? Where they friends or family members?

  • October 14, 2020

    Ms. Neumann's First Grade

    Are your neighbors in the story?

  • October 14, 2020

    Ms. Neumann's First Grade

    How do you make the fry bread bigger?

  • October 17, 2020


    When was the fried bread book made

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