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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STEM picture books

Today I’m reading four STEM picture books published in 2017. They vary widely, but I enjoyed all of them. The Hidden Life of a Toad is a straightforward account of the...

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2017 Nonfiction Picture Books I’m Just Now Reading

I’m still scrambling to catch up with 2017 books (though maybe that will give my library time to get a few 2018 titles in…). Here are three 2017 nonfiction picture...

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Happy Book Birthday!

  Yesterday was Girl Running‘s book birthday! I couldn’t be a prouder mama. Girl Running by Annette Bay Pimentel, illustrated by Micha Archer (Nancy Paulsen Books: 2018).      ...

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Robins: How They Grow Up

Did you know that baby robins’ feathers are covered by a sheath when they first emerge and that the birds have to remove the sheath? Or that robin parents remove...

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One Proud Penny

First person nonfiction picture books are hard to find. There was I, Fly. And now there’s One Proud Penny. This charming book, with the narration in the voice of a 1973 penny,...

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Book trailers for Girl Running

Less than three weeks until my next book hits the bookshelves! I’ve made a series of book trailers for Girl Running and I wanted to share them with you. Since...

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Books about Birds of Prey

In my library stack this week were two picture books about birds of prey. Both books were written by the women who helped rescue them, and use the story of...

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Chef Roy Choi

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix is another title about contemporary food producers by the Seattle publishing house Readers to Eaters. They’ve published nonfiction picture books about urban...

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Creature books

I love Jess Keating’s series “The World of Weird Animals.” I’m not the only one. Recently I checked out Pink is for Blobfish to use in a presentation; many of the...

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Things that Go

My three year old grandson loves “things that go.” Here are three books perfect for him and other fans of cars, trucks, trains, and buses. All the Way to Havana...