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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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...

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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....

Illustration of Billie Holiday singing Strange Fruit, backed by a jazz combo.

Strange Fruit

This is one of those books I wish I’d written. It’s the powerful account of a song, “Strange Fruit,” how it came to be written, how it came to be...

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Lighter than Air

Balloons! Fancy hats! Napoleon! All this plus female empowerment. Lighter than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot is a biography of an eighteenth century woman balloonist. As Matthew Clark...

A boy sits under a tree conversing with a dragon. The dragon appears to be part of the tree.

John Ronald’s Dragons

John Ronald’s Dragons is a biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, focusing on the parts of his life that inspired his fantasy writing. The book invites you to see Gandalf in a headmaster...

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Martin’s Dream Day

[My publisher is giving away my book, Mountain Chef along with John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall over at Page Through the Parks on Facebook. There will be five winners–so go comment on...

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Sensory-rich Writing with Kids

Kids’ writing takes on depth and power when they learn to use words that evoke the real world. I loved doing a workshop on sensory-rich writing with kids in a...

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Charlesbridge Giveaway!

Charlesbridge Publishing has issued an educator’s guide for Mountain Chef. It’s available in a beautifully-formatted form on their website or in a bare-bones format here on mine. And they’re also offering a...

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The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk

There are plenty of dinosaur books that explore the natural history of extinct creatures. But The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk explores, in greater detail and with much greater authority...

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This House, Once

Deborah Freedman’s book This House, Once speaks to that human desire to know how stuff is made. In spirit, it’s a lot like the wonderful book Where Did My Clothes Come From? by...