Follow Flora and her family as she takes us through her day with maps — from breakfast, to school, and even through a dog agility course!

Kids love maps! Learning to read and draw maps is a fun and natural way to develop spatial thinking skills — how we think about and understand the world around us and use concepts of space for problem solving.

Includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals with more information about spatial thinking and awareness, as well as games and activities designed to encourage map-building skills and to enhance math and science learning.

About the Author

Julie Dillemuth, PhD, was mystified by maps until she figured out how to read them and make them, and it was a particularly difficult map that inspired her to become a spatial cognition geographer. She writes children's books in Santa Barbara, California, where the west coast faces south. Contact her on her website.

About the Illustrator

Laura Wood is an independent illustrator currently living in the wonderful city of Bristol, UK. Her work can be found in picture books, educational publications, and digital apps as well as editorial publications. By day, she spends her time in her studio bringing stories to life. By night, she likes to put on her dancing shoes and swing dance under the stars. She is proudly represented by the lovely people at Good Illustration Agency.

Reviews & Awards

This book makes these things so much easier to learn by bringing these ideas to a level that kids can understand—their own lives…. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
—Randomly Reading

Mapping My Day is an original and very highly recommended addition to family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.
Midwest Book Review

With simple text and cheerful pictures, plus all the activities, this book is all you need for a science activity, lesson, or program on mapping.
—Jean Little Library

It's a great invitation to start mapping out our world—something that may be seen by some as a dying art in this age of GPS, but is a critically important skill to have.
Mom Read It

A tool every educator of young children should have in their toolbox.
Wrapped in Foil

I loved Flora and her multi-cultural family and think this book is an excellent way to introduce kids to the dying art of map reading.
Bermuda Onion

This book helps kids learn is by talking about something that kids use and love every day: maps! What kid doesn't love drawing a treasure map like a pirate? Without even knowing it, kids will realize that they already know how to read and draw maps.
Unconventional Librarian

This book is a great way to introduce your child to maps and to share all the different types of maps with them in a simple format.
Sincerely Stacie

This is a book that will be appreciated by teachers and readers alike!
Unleashing Readers

I would recommend Mapping My Day for grades 1–3.
The Late Bloomer's Book Blog

The playful cartoon artwork is simple enough to allow young readers to absorb the mindfulness and geographic reasoning lessons that are demonstrated on each page…An excellent addition to geography collections.
School Library Journal