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. 

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Close-up of Mickey Mantle's face as he watches for a pitch.

Mickey Mantle, The Commerce Comet

Last week I looked at a deeply serious book by Jonah Winter. Today I look at another of his books, Mickey Mantle, the Commerce Comet, which has a completely different tone....

Three nature books, Coyote America, Hawk, and Journey, atop lawn

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

I’m thrilled that my book, Mountain Chef, was chosen as a Notable Book in the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. I’m especially flattered to be in such august company. Here...

cover of book--black with words "The Secret Project"

The Secret Project

I was excited to get my hands on The Secret Project. Who could resist that mysterious cover? And I love nonfiction picture books that interpret tough moments in history for kids....

Stuffed hamster holds a tiny copy of Mountain Chef.

Library Hamster

  Our local library offered to send their mascot, Library Hamster, with me on my school visits this week and next. They dressed him ready for the road and gave...

cover of book shows Trudy swimming from an underwater point of view

Trudy’s Big Swim

Sue Macy writes big, bold picture book biographies of female athletes. Trudy’s Big Swim: How Gertrude Ederle Swam the English Channel and Took the World by Storm is a gorgeous book...

Cover of book shows Dorothea Lange sitting on top of a jeep with her camera.

Dorothea Lange

Recently I talked with a writer friend about a new project, her first attempt at a picture book biography. She started telling me all sorts of fascinating details about her...

Portraits of seven Hispanics.

Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics

One of my favorite questions to ask teachers and librarians is what books they wished they had to put in kids’ hands. A school librarian who works near San Diego...

Photo of an animal, the olinguito, in a treetop.

The Search for Olinguito

The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species is aptly named. Sure, it’s about a big-eyed, cuddly mammal. And the book is full of photos that will make you fall...

Drawing of Dr. Seuss with a sketchpad.

The Great Doodler

Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss? His pictures and his rhymes are funny, inventive, and memorable. I usually write about traditional nonfiction picture books, but today I’m joining Michele Knott and...

A girl pressed against an aquarium tank watches sharks swim

2016 Round-up Post

It’s nearly March and my stack of 2016 books seems not to be dwindling. So here’s a round-up of books from last year that I liked but still haven’t gotten...