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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Cover of book shows Vincent Van Gogh striding past a child

Nonfiction content in fictional picture books

Nonfiction is nonfiction and fiction is fiction. But sometimes picture books use a fictional framework to present nonfiction content. Sometimes that’s called historical fiction, but sometimes it’s something else entirely....

Cover of book shows African American inventor

Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson and Super-soakers

[Quick note before today’s book: There is a giveaway of my book, Mountain Chef, today at “From the Mixed-Up Files.” Come on over and enter!] In Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-soaking Stream of Inventions,...

A coyote in the moonlight.

Coyote Moon

Wild predators thrill kids. Have you ever checked out the library shelves about lions, tigers, and alligators? Usually there are scant pickings. But how often do we think about the...

African American boy looks at a steamboat in the river.

Steamboat School, Inspired by a True Story

Kids deserve to know about amazing, courageous people from the past. But sometimes the historical record is too sketchy to tell a strictly nonfiction story about a real event. That’s...

Cover of book, showing many, many bugs in grass.

Some Bugs for Preschoolers

Nonfiction for very, very young readers is tricky. But Angela DiTerlizzi cracks the code in the delightful book Some Bugs. In fewer than 100 words, she gives us a wonderful glimpse...

Cover of book showing prairie dogs peeking out of their burrows

Prairie Dog Song

Elementary school children learn about living webs–that plants and animals interact with each other within an environment. There are some great books depicting ecosystem webs–High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs looks...

Portrait of Rich Lo, artist

Rich Lo and the art of Mountain Chef

Last week my nonfiction picture book, Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook up the National Park Service, was published. Some of the process...

Park ranger Yenyen Chan and author Annette Bay Pimentel signing Mountain Chef at Yosemite.

Mountain Chef

The National Park Service is 100 years old this month. Who created it? Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir may be its spiritual fathers, but Muir had  already died and Roosevelt...

Cover of the book, showing a sea captain inside a giant doughnut.

The Hole Story of the Doughnut

The origins of some everyday objects are lost. But in The Hole Story of the Doughnut, Pat Miller goes back to a 1916 newspaper article to unearth the story of the...

Cover of book showing a young girl with gardening equipment in front of the White House, with FDR's dog Fala.

Diana’s White House Garden

This charming book tells the true story of how a little girl helped with Eleanor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s White House Victory garden during World War II. Diana Hopkins lived...