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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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...

Trail-blazing Female Artists

Today I’m reading picture book biographies of two trail-blazing female artists: Zaha Hadid, an architect; and Amalia Hernandez, a dancer The World Is Not a Rectangle introduced me to Zaha Hadid....

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Immigrants, Refugees, and Kids’ Books

My all-time favorite Thanksgiving book is How Many Days to America? by Eve Bunting. It tells the story of refugees who come ashore in the US on Thanksgiving day. It’s a...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...