All posts by Whitney Stewart

About Whitney Stewart

Whitney Stewart puts her heart, mind, and feet into her work. She's trekked in a Himalayan snowstorm with Sir Edmund Hillary and climbed to remote Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. She's interviewed the Dalai Lama in India and Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. She is the author of fiction and nonfiction for children. She also teaches mindfulness and meditation.

Books That Celebrate Cultural Traditions

Recommendations from local book experts and librarians.


Some need to look no farther than the family next door to see they’re surrounded by diverse cultures; others need to travel a bit more. Regardless of where you look, cultural traditions and holidays can seem as foreign as an unknown language if they aren’t ones celebrated by your family. Check out these books to help foster understanding for your neighbors’ traditions and beliefs near and far, in a world full of differences. – Colorado Parent

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Why we chose this book:
Who doesn’t love festivals and celebrations? And you know we love learning about other cultures! A review copy was provided by Sterling Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Mom’s Review
With 14 holidays from five continents (Australia doesn’t appear), What Do You Celebrate? showcases diverse characters celebrating some holidays you may know and some you may not. The opening two-page spread is an introduction to what a holiday is, accompanied by a timeline of the year with each of the featured holidays listed alongside a child you’ll find on that holiday’s page.

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Check out my radio interview about teaching meditation to kids.

Minute 15:45 of interview

Whitney Stewart’s latest work, ‘A Catfish Tale,’ is an homage to both the Brothers Grimm fable, ‘The Fisherman and His Wife,’ as well as the work of the late Cajun storyteller, Coleen Salley. Continue reading

Fellow Hen&ink Literary mate and young adult novelist Hannah Goodman (bio below) tagged me for a writer’s blog tour that asks writers four questions about the writing process. I’ll blab about what I’ve been doing for the past two years and then tap two talented colleagues who’ll carry the blog forward: Cyndi Briggs and Tori McCagg. Don’t forget to read below to learn about my three talented colleagues. Continue reading

Travel is easy—okay, maybe not easy, but exciting—and writing is tough. I’m home now and stuck at my desk, but my mind escapes into the images of memory. Today I tap into a mental forest while my pal Lukasz scans the physical one. Who will return with the goods?

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