Whitney Stewart

Children’s Book Author, Mindfulness Expert, Professional Speaker

Traveling the world for books!

Whitney loves to do research and is energized by finding clues to unravel a mystery. She has sat for weeks in archival libraries, walked the length of New York’s Fifth Avenue, trekked to remote Himalayan villages, and searched former World War Two battlefields to understand a story. Whitney will tell your young readers about her adventures and will inspire them to take their own.

What Whitney hopes readers gain through her work:

Whitney wants to inspire kids to take adventures, research history, explore the arts and sciences, talk to
experts, and to understand their own heart and mind.

Whitney’s background:

She graduated from Brown University with a degree in children’s literature and linguistics. Since then, Whitney has traveled throughout the world and lived overseas — in France, Germany, India, and Japan — where she studied new languages, explored life and culture, and relished the culinary variety. She has a passion for talking to kids about the world, and for teaching them how to handle stress and difficult emotions through mindfulness and meditation.

School Presentations & Skype Sessions

Types of Venues: Schools, Libraries, Learning Centers, Special Events
Ages: Preschool, Grades K-3, Grades 4-6, Middle School, High School, Teachers & Librarians

Presentation Options

  • Mindfulness and Meditation: Exploring your wisdom mind
  • Mindful Kids: Simple exercises for difficult times
  • The Writing Life: Turning research adventures into books
  • Exploring the World of Food: A culinary journey through the world. Yum!
  • Exploring Holidays: Learn how kids around the world celebrate holidays, and add a craft activity
  • Digging for History: Searching for Reiner (A World War Two story)
  • Digging for History II: Researching family history through artifacts
  • Storytelling: A Catfish Tale, a Bayou Retelling of the Fisherman and His Wife


  • $200.00 – Skype visit (up to 45 minutes)
  • $500.00 – In person for (1) presentation (up to 60 minutes)
  • $600.00 – Half Day in person for (2) presentations in one location (plus travel & accommodations for out of town events)
  • $1,200.00 – Full Day in person for up to (4) presentations & can be split between two neighboring schools/sites (plus travel & accommodations for out of town events)

Our staff was extremely satisfied and enjoyed your talk with us about mindfulness. A couple have said that they already practiced mindfulness and they were going to incorporate some of your exercises into their daily activities. Your cards are also a hit!

Debbie Rzepczynski, Library Skills Trainer, Lake County Public Library

Mindfulness Sessions, Workshops & Conferences

Types of Venues: Yoga Studios, Crossfit/Fitness Centers, Women’s Events, Mindfulness Conferences
Ages Ranges: Children, Tween/Teen, College, Adult

Presentation Options

  • Mindfulness for Whole Body Fitness: Remember the mind muscle
  • Introduction to Mindfulness: Facing stress with wisdom, focus and calm
  • Mindfulness for Teens: Handling life with a calm and focused mind
  • Mindful Kids: Simple exercises for difficult times


  • Vary depending on location & type of event

Mindfulness Teaching Fees

  • $150.00 – per one hour mindfulness session
  • $100.00 – per month per student for 4 mindfulness classes per month

Travels from

  • New Orleans, Louisiana

Book Genres

  • Picture Book
  • Children's Non-Fiction
  • Tween/YA Non-Fiction
  • Baby Book
  • Educational
  • Adult Non-Fiction

Presentation Topics

  • Character Education, Cooking, Creativity, Health & Fitness Nutrition, Healthcare, History, Holidays, Literature, Self-Esteem, Self-Help/Self-Improvement, Writing, Youth Issues


Partial List of Past Speaking Events

  • Barefoot Books in the Big Easy Seminar
  • Louisiana Children’s Museum
  • Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
  • The Gathering at Keystone College
  • University of Southern Mississippi Children’s Book Festival
  • New Orleans Book Festival
  • Louisiana Book Festival
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Conference
  • Crossfit Algiers, LA
  • Tibetan House New Orleans
  • Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) spouse affiliate groups, New Orleans

Selected Library Presentations

  • American Library (Paris)
  • Deutsches Haus New Orleans
  • Jefferson Parish Library
  • Latter Library, New Orleans
  • Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, New Orleans
  • Manchester, Vermont Public Library
  • Brooklyn, NY Public Library

Selected School Presentations:

  • P.S. 29 John M. Harrigan School, Brooklyn, NY
  • Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans
  • Trinity Episcopal School, New Orleans
  • Christian Brothers School, New Orleans
  • Metairie Park Country Day, Metairie, LA
  • Lycée Français de la Nouvell-Orléans
  • Filmore School for the Arts, Washington, DC
  • Freie Waldorfschule, Göttingen, Germany
  • International School of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, Japan
  • US Department of Defense Schools, Japan

Radio Interviews

  • Whole Body Mental Health Radio
  • WWNO’s The Reading Life with Susan Larson
  • WAMU’s Diane Rehm Show

Online Summits

  • Mindfulness in Education Summit
  • Preschool Mindfulness Summit
  • Picture Book Summit


Women’s National Book Association | SCBWI | The Authors Guild | PEN America
Boston Author’s Club | AuthorBookings.com