Annette Bay Pimentel


1. In a valiant attempt to educate me and my six siblings, my mother’s rule was that we had to read one nonfiction book for every fiction book. As long as I could find a book in the Childhood of Famous Americans series, I obeyed her rule (that is, if you count those books as nonfiction–they’d be considered historical fiction today!). Otherwise, I blithely ignored the rule and devoured novel after novel. I thought I didn’t like nonfiction.


2. I love libraries. Many historical documents have been digitized, so I can do a surprising amount of research on my computer at home. But I love the times when my search takes me to libraries. I often spend time in special collections or newspaper archives.I spent almost a week at the Bancroft Library in Berkeley, California paging through photo albums and reading old magazines and newspapers when I was researching my upcoming book from Charlesbridge. The nonfiction picture books I love are deeply-informed by primary source materials.

3. I love getting people to tell me their stories. I often shove recording devices in front of people’s faces so I can capture their voices and their stories. I know an interview session is going well when someone starts using the present tense to tell me about something that happened a long time ago. The best nonfiction picture books are people’s stories, well-told.

4. The longest I have ever lived anywhere is 5 years. I recently spent several years living in Europe and Africa, so I can grocery shop in many languages. I don’t speak any language except English well enough to tell stories, though.

5. I am the fifth child of a fifth child of a fifth child. I married a fifth child. I have 5 + 1 children. And that’s a true story.

Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service Cover Image
By Annette Bay Pimentel, Rich Lo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580897112
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - August 2nd, 2016

The true story of a Chinese American mountain man who fed thirty people for ten days in the wilderness--and helped inspire the creation of the National Park Service.

Girl Running Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101996683
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 6th, 2018

* "A bright salutation of a story, with one determined woman at its center."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The inspiring story of the first female to run the Boston Marathon comes to life in stunningly vivid collage illustrations.