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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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...

The cover of The Hawk in the Castle shows a whawk wheeling in the air above a castle.

The Hawk of the Castle

Kings…princesses…castles. The Hawk of the Castle appeals to all of those fairy tale elements, but it’s full of nonfiction content. It uses a fictional narrator (“This is me. This is my...

Carter G. Woodson Award seal features a picture of Carter G. Woodson and the dates of his life 1875-1950.

Carter G. Woodson Award

            I’m doing somersaults of joy that my book Mountain Chef, has been named the Carter G. Woodson Award winner at the elementary school level by the...

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John Deere, That’s Who!

Until recently I’ve always lived in big cities or their suburbs. A few years ago, though, our family moved to the country. We don’t live on a farm, but I...

Pedal Power cover shows people of many ages riding bicycles across an Amsterdam canal bridge

Pedal Power

I’m on the wonderful Kirby Larson’s blog talking about nonfiction back matter. Please visit! Our family lived in the Netherlands for several years. We owned a car but seldom used...

The cover of Keith Haring The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing shows Haring next to his iconic crawling man image

Keith Haring The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing is a picture book biography of the contemporary artist by an author with unmatched access to information about his childhood. It’s written by...

Rhino strides across the savannah. White-haired woman is in the background standing next to her home.

Rhino in the House

Rhino in the House tells the story of an environmentalist I’d never before heard of. Anna Merz found her retirement to Kenya took an unexpected turn when she began to worry...

Cover of "I Like, I Don't Like" shows two children writing the title.

I Like, I Don’t Like

I Like, I Don’t Like,  an imported nonfiction picture book from Italy,  is a brief (85 words), elegantly designed book inspired by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Every...

Cover of Martina & Chrissie shows Navratilova and Evert playing tennis

Martina & Chrissie

“History” means something different to an 8 year old than to a 58 year old. What is “memory” for me is definitely “history” to him. Martina & Chrissie: The Greatest Rivalry...

African American woman stands proudly in front of fancy party gowns.

Fancy Party Gowns

In Fancy Party Gowns I loved learning about one of those fascinating people from the corner of history–someone who changed a little bit of the world but who isn’t widely known....