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 Long-Armed Ludy shows a female athlete throwing a shot put

Strong Women and Men

I’ve been having fun gearing up for the release in February of my book about a remarkable female athlete, so it was fun this week to find other books about...

Cover of Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos shows Frida Kahlo as a child, painting, surrounded by animals

Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos

Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos gives young readers an introduction to the artist’s life and work through the lens of her pets. This is an especially great choice since Kahlo’s animals...

Cover of Grand Canyon shows child gazing across canyon from a red rock.

Grand Canyon

(I’m jumping with joy that my Feb 2018 book, Girl Running, got a Kirkus star! Details here.) One of our great American resources is our national parks: Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon…Of...

Cover of The Quest for Z shows the silhouette of a man running in a jungle past a giant letter "Z"

The Quest for Z

When I’m on the hunt for a nonfiction picture book topic, I’m drawn to the transcendent, to the tranformative…to the hero. I think most picture book writers are! But Greg...

Cover of Martí's Song for Freedom shows Jose Marti in front of the Cuban flag

Martí’s Song for Freedom

José Martí was an activist for Cuban independence in the late nineteenth century, but because of his political activities in Cuba, he was exiled. He ended up spending many years...

Cover of Margaret and the Moon shows Margaret Hamilton contemplating the full moon as an astronaut and lunar module drift past

Margaret and the Moon

Lot of recent books about female scientists! An eighteenth century astronomer. a marine biologist, a computer programmer. And today, a female member of the moon launch team is profiled in Margaret...

Cover of Grace Hopper Queen of Computer Code shows a woman fiddling with an early computer

Grace Hopper Queen of Computer Code

Grace Hopper Queen of Computer Code celebrates the life of one of the pioneers of computer programming. The book is structured like a pearl necklace–it’s made up of a series...

Cover of Shark Lady shows a woman in scuba gear underwater with a shark

Shark Lady

It’s sometimes tough for kids–and adults!–to look at successful adults and figure out what their success has to do with the day-to-day life they had as children. In Shark Lady...

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...