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Books for kids: The story of fry bread — plus a recipe!

Also, Paul Newman biography is extensively researched and profoundly personal

Book picks for kids (and adults):

Looking for some reading inspiration? Here’s a peek at what KCLS staff and the young readers in their lives are digging into this month!

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AdultsThe Extraordinary Life of An Ordinary Man, by Paul Newman

In his 60s, Paul Newman embarked on a project to chronicle his own life. He enlisted his friend, screenwriter Stewart Stern, to interview him on tape. Stern also recorded insights from Newman’s friends and family in order to add depth and perspective to the actor’s narrative. After several years, Newman abandoned the project, but surviving family members revived the transcripts from hundreds of hours of Stern’s recordings and created this newly released tell-all. Newman describes, in deeply reflective and brutally honest ways, his troubled childhood, his film career, his growth as a husband and father, and his overall struggle to understand himself. Much more than a chronicle of life events, this memoir offers a profoundly personal view into one of the greatest American film stars of all time.

KidsFry Bread: A Native American Family Story, by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

“Fry bread is time … Fry bread is art … Fry bread is history.” This warmhearted picture book’s simple poetry is rich with information and diverse representations of Indigenous communities. As kids help Nana make fry bread, readers learn about the many different ways it is prepared and eaten across North America. The pencil and acrylic artwork brings ingredients and characters to life in various settings, and there is a fry bread recipe for readers to enjoy. “Fry Bread” references the historical displacement of Indigenous peoples in ways that are understandable to young children, and it includes a powerful author’s note that goes into greater detail about the diverse foodways of Native American tribes.


More book picks for kids (and other book news):

After racist run-in, mom embraces her heritage in kids’ book

“I’ll Take Care of You,” a beautiful, comforting tale for kids

Meet Nina Laden, children’s author/illustrator from Lummi Island

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About the Author

Rekha Kuver

Librarian Rekha Kuver is the youth and family services manager for the King County Library System. As a reader, she likes characters with rich internal lives and settings with a vivid sense of time and place. When she’s not reading or listening to audiobooks, she’s making art or spending time outdoors.