Portrait of Annette Bay Pimentel
I write nonfiction picture books. Here you can read about my books, about my school visits, and about great nonfiction picture books by other people. 

Recent Posts

Cover of Margaret and the Moon shows Margaret Hamilton contemplating the full moon as an astronaut and lunar module drift past

Margaret and the Moon

Lot of recent books about female scientists! An eighteenth century astronomer. a marine biologist, a computer programmer. And today, a female member of the moon launch team is profiled in Margaret...

Cover of Grace Hopper Queen of Computer Code shows a woman fiddling with an early computer

Grace Hopper Queen of Computer Code

Grace Hopper Queen of Computer Code celebrates the life of one of the pioneers of computer programming. The book is structured like a pearl necklace–it’s made up of a series...

Cover of Shark Lady shows a woman in scuba gear underwater with a shark

Shark Lady

It’s sometimes tough for kids–and adults!–to look at successful adults and figure out what their success has to do with the day-to-day life they had as children. In Shark Lady...

Cover of The Skydiving Beavers shows a beaver on the ground watching boxes attached to parachutes float toward the groud

The Skydiving Beavers

The Skydiving Beavers is a great title–especially when you know it’s also a nonfiction story. (The only thing that I, as an Idahoan, think might have made it better would have...

Cover of Noah Webster's Fighting Words shows Noah Webster holding an enormous quill pen

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words

There has been a lot of Noah Webster love in kid lit lately. In 2015 there were two Noah Webster picture book biographies, Noah Webster and His Words and W is for...

Cover of Becoming Bach shows a young Bach holding a baton

Becoming Bach

Nonfiction can’t be in first person unless it’s an autobiography. But historical fiction can use a first person speaker. In Becoming Bach Tom Leonard uses a first person speaker–Bach himself!–to explore...

Cover of Caroline's Comets shows a woman looking through a telescope

Caroline’s Comets: A True Story

Our family traveled to see the complete solar eclipse. An adventure story for another day! But that has had me thinking about the heavens and the people who explore them....

Cover of Wiating for Pumpsie shows young black boy watching a baseball diamond.

Waiting for Pumpsie

I thrill to books about triumphal firsts in human rights–stories about the Emancipation Proclamation, stories about universal suffrage, stories about breaking the color barrier in sports, stories about making inter-racial marriages...

Hikers at trailhead.

Kids, Nature, and Public Parks: An Interview with Jack Shu

When I was researching my book Mountain Chef I met a remarkable and charismatic outdoorsman, Jack Shu. Jack is the founder of the annual Sing Peak Pilgrimage. I’ve loved talking to...

collage art from Daniel Finds a Poem shows boy lying on a riverbank dangling his hand in the water

Cover reveal for Girl Running

I’m thrilled that the cover reveal for my new book, Girl Running, is happening today on the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge. Hop on over to Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook to see it! Girl...