Kathryn the Grape Grows with You
Kathryn the Grape® is the only mom-created, produced and published independent heart-centered mindful media series of its kind. The interwoven messages shared in books, music and videos — based on a real person, with real people as named characters — grow with children as they grow through life.
Kathryn the Grape is a preschool-aged character in Kathryn the Grape Let’s Read Together Series and then ages up to be an elementary school-aged character in Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series. Each book series aligns with Kathryn the Grape’s original songs and videos.
The purpose of Kathryn the Grape Let’s Read Together Series is to engage the joy of reading within the hearts and minds of young children through simple stories with vibrant illustrations. The purpose of Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series is to provide self-help tools for children to better understand and express their feelings — supporting social learning and emotional intelligence self-development.
Stage 1: Kathryn the Grape Let’s Read Together Series
Engaging the Joy of Reading within Young Children
Kathryn the Grape Let’s Read Together Series of books helps engage the joy of reading within the hearts and minds of young children through simple stories with vibrant illustrations.
When creator Kathryn Cloward was a young girl, her favorite part of the day was bedtime, when she cuddled close to her mom as they read stories together. Page by page, Mary K. Cloward brought books to life for her daughter. Often reading with an enthusiastic and animated voice, Mary instilled the joy of storytelling in Kathryn. Now, decades later, Kathryn’s childhood nickname of “Kathryn the Grape” is helping people of all ages experience that same joy through books and songs.
Introduced in age-appropriate stages of development, Kathryn the Grape grows with children as they grow. Kathryn the Grape is a preschool-aged character in Kathryn the Grape Let’s Read Together Series and then ages up to be an elementary school-aged character in Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series.
Stage 2: Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series
Self-Help for Kids Supporting Social Emotional Learning
The multi-award-winning Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series provides self-help tools for youths. Through books and music, it supports social learning and emotional intelligence self-development by helping children understand and express their feelings.
The seven-book series provides a treasure box filled with tools of love to help a multigenerational audience feel and be more loving, understanding, empowered, compassionate, and unified. Each book includes important life lessons shared in simplified concepts through topic-driven stories centered on everyday circumstances.
Readers are engaged by Kathryn the Grape’s character-enriching stories and vibrant illustrations. Through her example of learning about being magical, colorful, loving, kind, unique, grateful, and joyful, they receive a rainbow of positive affirmations about themselves while gaining awareness that what “I am” everyone else is, too.
The series is also available in a single Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series Seven-Book Special Edition, and each book is published in a black and white version with illustrations outlined for coloring. The concepts shared in each book are incorporated in Kathryn the Grape’s award-winning music album, “We’re All in This Together.”
Series creator Kathryn Cloward has a heart-centered desire to help people of all ages feel good about themselves on the inside so they’re able to ripple love naturally to others on the outside, creating their own positive ripple effect, one mindful choice at a time.
Kathryn the Grape Book Awards
2017 — Best Children’s Fiction Book Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti (San Diego Book Awards)
2017 — Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Magical Wand
2017 — Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Journey
2017 — Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Piece of Love
2017 — Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti
2017 — Mom’s Choice Award (silver) for Kathryn the Grape’s Magical Wand
2017 — Mom’s Choice Award (silver) for Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Journey
2017 — Mom’s Choice Award (silver) for Kathryn the Grape’s Piece of Love
2017 — Mom’s Choice Award (silver) for Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti
Kathryn the Grape Music Awards
2017 — Indie Music Channel Awards Best Children’s Song of the Year “I Am Happy Being Me”
2017 — Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s We’re All In This Together (Music CD)
2017 — Mom’s Choice Award (silver) for Kathryn the Grape’s We’re All In This Together (Music CD)
Kathryn the Grape’s “Why” for Creating Heart-Centerd Mindful Media
The Story Behind Kathryn the Grape
As shared in the back of each Affirmation Series book…
The idea for Kathryn the Grape to be an illustrated book character originally came from Kathryn Cloward’s mother, Mary. She shared with her daughter a desire to write a book centered on a character named Kathryn the Grape — the grade-school nickname Kathryn affectionately acquired from her softball coach, the late Nello “Mr. P” Pierozzi. At age 11, Kathryn welcomed the fitting moniker, a fun adaptation of Catherine the Great, because she loved the color purple and wore it every day. Although mother and daughter had discussions about bringing the stories of Kathryn the Grape to life, the momentum wasn’t there initially; it simply wasn’t the right time.
It wasn’t until 10 years later, when Kathryn experienced significant life changes, that the messages of and purpose for Kathryn the Grape became clear. It was during this time that Kathryn started to really accept and love all of the things that made her unique. After being awakened at 3 a.m. a few days in a row with the message “get up and start writing Kathryn the Grape” flowing through her mind, Kathryn decided to do just that — get up and start writing. The more she wrote, the more she was inspired with purpose to be a messenger of love through stories and songs to help her son and people of all ages love and accept what makes them unique.
Every story Kathryn creates and writes includes experiences from her own life. She is intentional about simplifying life lessons she has learned into written and visual experiences all ages can easily understand and enjoy. Then, Kathryn takes the lessons taught through her book series and she writes songs to accompany them. Each Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series book includes a special “tool” of self-awareness and self-love for readers to use throughout their lives. After reading all seven books, readers will have seven tools of love in their treasure boxes for life.
Heart-Centered Mindful Messenger of Love
Kathryn Cloward is a purposeful messenger of love who’s earned national praise for her award-winning Kathryn the Grape® Affirmation Series of books and music. Through her illustrated likeness of Kathryn the Grape, Kathryn provides multigenerational self-empowerment tools of love through storytelling. An award-winning author, songwriter and entrepreneur, Kathryn is passionate about creating and sharing heart-centered mindful media with positive and empowering messages for people of all ages to enjoy. She is on a mission to ripple love, compassion, and unity throughout the world.
As a little girl, Kathryn loved writing songs and singing them to her dolls. She always dreamed of one day growing up and sharing her original songs with others. Now that is exactly what she does through Kathryn the Grape and her Kathryn Cloward music (www.KathrynCloward.com) — a purposeful path Kathryn paved for herself through decades of professional resilience and courageous personal transformation. With over 20 years of being an altruistic serial entrepreneur, it was a natural choice for Kathryn to streamline the production and publication of all of her books, music, and media independently through her company, Kandon Unlimited, Inc.
Raised by her parents to always give back, Kathryn has consistently channeled her energy into graciously helping others by donating her time and resources to a variety of non-profit organizations and enrichment programs for youth. She joyfully helps raise awareness and money for local and national charitable causes by writing and producing impact songs. “We Are Champions” supports children braving cancer and their families, and was debuted at Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary’s 2017 Celebration of Champions. “My Name is Divine” supports refugee youth and their families and debuted at Exiled Voices Refugee Art Experience in 2017, a collaborative partnership between Intrepid Theatre Company and SAY San Diego. “Heroes” supports children and adults with MPS, ML, and related diseases, and debuted at the National MPS Society’s International MPS Symposium in 2018.
Kathryn has been recognized throughout her career for inspirational and purposeful endeavors including being honored in 2010 with San Diego Metro’s Top 40 Under 40 Award and Speak for Success’ Women Changing the World Inspirational Woman Award, and in 2018 she received the Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Leadership Award.
When she is not writing, performing, or speaking at events, Kathryn enjoys going for long walks, spending time with her family and friends, and exploring with her son, Landon.
To find out more about Kathryn and her heart for helping others, read her professional bio here.