Whitney Stewart



Whitney Stewart is an award-winning author of children's books and a contributing author of two books for adults. She has taught writing and mindfulness at Tulane University and Loyola University. Stewart has interviewed the Nobel laureate Tenzin Gyatso (the Dalai Lama) in India, trekked with Sir Edmund Hillary in Nepal, interviewed Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma, and traveled to China to research the lives of Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong.

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9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Cooking Demonstration Tent
What’s on Your Plate?: Exploring the World of Food

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Children’s Authors Tent 1
Book Talk
Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids

12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Library, Fifth Floor Capitol View Room
Book Talk
Running on the Roof of the World

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

The Cooking Demonstration Tent is sponsored in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Funding has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.


What's on Your Plate?: Exploring the World of Food

A delectable way to highlight diversity.” —Booklist
“Inspire young foodies with this title. “ —School Library Journal
“Engel’s presentation is lively and welcoming…”—Publishers Weekly

It's a big, tasty world out there—and this book takes kids on a tour through the cuisines of 14 countries, complete with a recipe for each one.

What’s on your plate? Chances are it’s not quite the same as what’s on other children’s plates around the world. Come on a journey to see how people in different countries prepare, eat, and think about their food. Beautiful photographs and illustrations capture the food culture of 14 countries, from Brazil and Spain to Morocco, India, and China. Each spread includes an overview of the country and its native foods, photographs of the various dishes with pronunciations and descriptions, an easy recipe for kids to try, and an illustrated crop map of the country. With so many fun elements to intrigue them, young foodies will be excited to learn about how people eat across the globe!


Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids

Sometimes kids’ lives can get busy and out of control, and worries can take over. When that happens, knowing how to pause and regain composure with mindfulness can help! This easily digestible guide introduces kids to mindfulness as a way to find clarity, manage stress, handle difficult emotions, and navigate personal challenges. With step-by-step instructions to over thirty breathing, relaxation, and guided meditation exercises, readers will have an entire toolkit at their disposal and writing prompts will help them process their discoveries. Clearly written and incredibly relatable, this invaluable resource provides a positive introduction to the world of self-care and mindfulness.


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