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 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...

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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...

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...