I am a children’s writer and geographer with expertise in spatial cognition. Spatial cognition involves understanding how people think about space and navigate the world around them.
I write picture books and contribute stories and poems to children’s magazines. Member of SCBWI.
My published stories and poems for children:
- Mapping My Day, picture book, Magination Press (March 2017)
- Lucy in the City, my debut picture book, from Magination Press (August 2015)
- "One For You" poem, Highlights for Children, March 2016
- "Bear and Max" won the 2012 Highlights for Children Fiction Contest, and appeared in the August 2013 issue of Highlights.
- "Spatial Survival Guide: Tips and Tricks for Finding Your Way" nonfiction article in Odyssey, Nov/Dec 2012
Articles by me, about me or quoting me:
- The Children's Book Review Blog guest post, "How Storytelling With Maps Can Play a Surprisingly Important Role in STEM Education", March 2017
- Interview by Geo Librarian Heidi Grange, March 2017
- MindShift blog post, "Steps to Help Foster A Preschooler's Spatial Reasoning Skills", Dec 2015
- Mindshift blog post, "15 Picture Books That Support Children's Spatial Skills Development", Dec 2015
- UCSB Geography Department News: "Alumna Julie Dillemuth Publishes Her First Picture Book".
- National Council for Geographic Education Member Spotlight (you'll need to scroll down to find me)
Spatial thinking is a major theme of my picture book manuscripts. Spatial thinking is how we think about and understand the world around us, and use concepts of space for problem solving. Thinking analytically about spatial relationships is something we do all the time (navigating somewhere, grocery shopping, playing sports) and is central to many professions. Put simply, "location matters."
In 2008 I earned my PhD in Geography with an Emphasis in Cognitive Science from UC Santa Barbara (UCSB). For my dissertation I studied how people use maps on small screens (like cell phones) to make navigation decisions, follow routes, and acquire spatial knowledge about their environment. For a list of my academic papers, please visit my LinkedIn profile.
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Read about how I got started writing for kids.