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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Pedal Power

I’m on the wonderful Kirby Larson’s blog talking about nonfiction back matter. Please visit! Our family lived in the Netherlands for several years. We owned a car but seldom used...

The cover of Keith Haring The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing shows Haring next to his iconic crawling man image

Keith Haring The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing is a picture book biography of the contemporary artist by an author with unmatched access to information about his childhood. It’s written by...

Rhino strides across the savannah. White-haired woman is in the background standing next to her home.

Rhino in the House

Rhino in the House tells the story of an environmentalist I’d never before heard of. Anna Merz found her retirement to Kenya took an unexpected turn when she began to worry...

Cover of "I Like, I Don't Like" shows two children writing the title.

I Like, I Don’t Like

I Like, I Don’t Like,  an imported nonfiction picture book from Italy,  is a brief (85 words), elegantly designed book inspired by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Every...

Cover of Martina & Chrissie shows Navratilova and Evert playing tennis

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...

African American woman stands proudly in front of fancy party gowns.

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...

A woman in old-fashioned dress flying in a basket under a balloon.

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...

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...