Whitney Stewart

Children’s Book Author, Mindfulness Expert, Professional Speaker

Traveling the world for books!

Whitney will travel far for a story. She’s been lucky enough to trek with Sir Edmund Hillary in Nepal and interview the Dalai Lama in India. Whitney has uncovered forgotten letters that illuminate history and has searched for research clues in former WWII battlefields in rural Poland. She is the author of multiple non-fiction books for children, including her most recent publications: Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, Focus, and Calm (Barefoot Books, 2017); What’s on Your Plate? Exploring the World of Food (Sterling, 2018); and Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids (Albert Whitman, 2018). When not writing or traveling, Whitney teaches mindfulness and meditation to children and adults.

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


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



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