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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Photo of Martin Luther King at the National Mall in Washington DC

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...

Hallway of an elementary school where kids' writing hangs

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...

Cover of book shows dramatic waterfall.

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...

Cover of book shows a Great Auk on a rocky shore.

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...

Close-up of Mickey Mantle's face as he watches for a pitch.

Mickey Mantle, The Commerce Comet

Last week I looked at a deeply serious book by Jonah Winter. Today I look at another of his books, Mickey Mantle, the Commerce Comet, which has a completely different tone....

Three nature books, Coyote America, Hawk, and Journey, atop lawn

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

I’m thrilled that my book, Mountain Chef, was chosen as a Notable Book in the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. I’m especially flattered to be in such august company. Here...

cover of book--black with words "The Secret Project"

The Secret Project

I was excited to get my hands on The Secret Project. Who could resist that mysterious cover? And I love nonfiction picture books that interpret tough moments in history for kids....

Stuffed hamster holds a tiny copy of Mountain Chef.

Library Hamster

  Our local library offered to send their mascot, Library Hamster, with me on my school visits this week and next. They dressed him ready for the road and gave...

cover of book shows Trudy swimming from an underwater point of view

Trudy’s Big Swim

Sue Macy writes big, bold picture book biographies of female athletes. Trudy’s Big Swim: How Gertrude Ederle Swam the English Channel and Took the World by Storm is a gorgeous book...