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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Cover of book shows an African American slave floating above cotton field

Like a Bird

As a general rule, books happen text-first, especially when the author and illustrator are different people. An author writes a story, and then an illustrator illustrates it, often shaping it...

Boy smiles with braces

Metalmouth

My eighth grader got braces today. I got braces in eighth grade, too. I remember spending a long time with the orthodontist with his hands in my mouth, tugging and...

Black man holds an old-time lantern.

Lift Your Light a Little Higher

One of my New Year resolutions: to find people whose stories haven’t been told. Whose stories do we get to hear? Usually, it’s the stories of the people in power....

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Ebelskiver Portal

My grandmother was a great cook. Of course, she spent most of her life cooking. She woke up early, often before the sun was up, stoked her coal stove (yes!...

Esquivel surrounded by onomatopoeia.

Esquivel! Space Age Sound Artist

“Rinty-Tin-Tin!” “Whiz! “clink!” “Whoosh!” This joyous picture book biography of quirky composer Esquivel rejoices in the weird sounds he incorporated into his music. It tells the story of his childhood...

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Are You an Echo?

A sixty-four page picture book? By a tiny regional press? I never would have predicted that a book fitting that description would end up on my Christmas list, but that...

Children around a globe

Mock Sibert

Alyson Beecher of Kid Lit Frenzy and Michele Knott of Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook are hosting a Mock Sibert. I’m thrilled to join, remembering my favorite nonfiction picture books from...

Boy stands outside in the dark, with monstrous shapes around him, but he stares at full moon above him.

The Darkest Dark

Today is Pearl Harbor Day. We commemorate that frightening moment when the United States was plunged into dark terror. Adults fear metaphorical darkness, but kids often have to face head-on...

Cover of Seeing Things features a large eye looking at reader.

Seeing Things

Photographs were an important resource for me in writing my book Mountain Chef, about a 1915 camping trip. Recently I spent three days sharing some of those photos with a fourth...

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The Marvelous Thing that Came from a Spring

(My review of a nonfiction middle grade title, Super Gear, was on Nerdy Book Club earlier this week. You can see it here.) Chance. Serendipity. Accident. The Marvelous Thing that Came from...