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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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...

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Presidents Day books

  Happy President’s Day! This is a holiday that commemorates Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays, but it’s also a great time to reflect on the vigor of the US Constitution and...

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To the Stars!

Most picture book biographies, unsurprisingly, have a linear structure. Someone did something and then did something else and then did something else. To the Stars! The First American Woman to Walk...

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People You’ve Probably Never Heard of Who Changed the World #nf10for10

Famous people change the world. But often people who are forgotten by history also have a hand in changing the world. Here’s a list of ten books about people you’ve...

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Real Cowboys

My grandfather was a real cowboy. I feel sad that I never got to share Real Cowboys with him. He would have appreciated this book and nodded his head at it,...

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Giant Squid

In Giant Squid, Candace Fleming explores how understanding parts of the whole can lead to understanding the whole. In her beautifully-written and elegantly-constructed book, she  shows us parts of the mysterious...

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Nonfiction and Big KidLit Literary Awards

In the last few years, the American Library Association Youth Media Awards have increasingly recognized nonfiction. By my count, between 1942 and 1983 no Caldecott medals went to nonfiction books....

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Sibert Guesses

This Monday the Siberts will be announced. I would love to see Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis honored–the art is stunning and the voice is...

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Like a Bird

As a general rule, books happen text-first, especially when the author and illustrator are different people. An author writes a story, and then an illustrator illustrates it, often shaping it...

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Metalmouth

My eighth grader got braces today. I got braces in eighth grade, too. I remember spending a long time with the orthodontist with his hands in my mouth, tugging and...