Chudney Ross (C'97)

Books and Cookies

Writer, Teacher, Entrepreneur 

Chudney Ross is a Writer, Teacher, Entrepreneur and most importantly, a Mom. After graduating Georgetown University, she became a teacher with AmeriCorps's Teach for America program. After years of teaching elementary school, Chudney's love of children's literature and her advocacy for children's causes motivated her to open Books and Cookies, a children's bookstore, enrichment center and event space in Santa Monica. Her hope was, and is, to create a positive and fun-filled learning environment that is not only kid-friendly, but adult-friendly; to be a welcoming space for families by offering enriching activities and snacks, and to be an active and positive part of the community while promoting the joy of literacy! Her love of books also led her to write a middle grade children’s book called Lone Bean, which was published by HarperCollins in 2012. Her daughter Callaway is 5 years old and loves books… and cookies, too!