Hello and Welcome to Kathryn the Grape.

My name is Kathryn Cloward. When I was 11 years old, my softball coach nicknamed me "Kathryn the Grape" because I wore purple all of the time. Decades later, I was inspired to create this series to provide people of all ages with tools of self-love and self-care.

My purpose is simple. I desire to help people feel good about themselves and others. I know from personal experience, that's an inside job. We ripple love from the inside out. My books and songs help people love themselves and others, naturally and unconditionally.

My son is my greatest inspiration. Being Landon's mom has helped me reconnect with the joyfully imaginative little girl I once was, and always have been. I just needed to remember who I am. Positive affirmations helped me uncover my natural vibrancy to shine my colorful light of love and that's why I am purposeful about sharing positive affirmations in my books, songs and videos. My desire is to help everyone shine, children and adults alike.

Purple Powered

Creating this independent series of integrated books, songs and videos for children has been my focus for the past 12 years. Kathryn the Grape® now includes 30 published books, 42 released songs on three albums and over 70 videos on YouTube.

I’m proud of what’s been created thus far and excited about what’s ahead. It hasn’t been a swift process, as I had to restart this series three times and overcome extreme challenges. But the journey has been worth it because children are feeling empowered by Kathryn the Grape — and that’s what it’s all about.

Kathryn the Grape helps build a foundation of self-love within children through relatable storytelling from a child’s vantage point. As an illustrated character, children meet Kathryn the Grape in the Let’s Read Together Series and they grow together into the Affirmation Series. Children also get to experience the real Kathryn the Grape (me) on YouTube, at concerts, and school assemblies.

About Kathryn Cloward 

Kathryn Cloward is an award-winning author, multi-genre singer/songwriter, and media producer who has garnered national recognition for her purposeful books and songs for youth and adult audiences. A prolific storyteller, she crafts big topics into compelling stories and music for people of all ages to easily grasp and appreciate together. To date, Kathryn’s earned over 60 awards for her inspirational and mindful work, has written and published 30 books, and has released over 100 songs. She is a regular contributor of motivational content for a national magazine and relishes her role a mentor for women in business — drawing from over two decades as an entrepreneurial trailblazer.

In 2010, Kathryn founded Kandon Unlimited, Inc., a heart-centered mindful media publishing company focused on energizing high-integrity projects with positive and empowering messages for people of all ages. Originally established to maintain artistic integrity and secure creative assets for her Kathryn the Grape® series, her company has expanded to publishing works for other artists.

From the time she was a child, Kathryn has been passionate about writing songs. In addition to those she writes for her Kathryn the Grape and Kathryn Cloward platforms, she writes for and with other artists, some of whom she produces. She has also written impact songs that support children braving cancer, rare disease awareness, and refugee youth programs. An engaging and energetic performer and inspiring and motivational speaker, Kathryn's family-friendly Kathryn the Grape concerts and school events have been attended by thousands of children and adults. She is a voting member of the Recording Academy GRAMMYs® and actively advocates music creators’ rights. 

Recognition & Awards

Kathryn the Grape Music Awards

— NAPPA Award for "All Together" (Album)
— Family Choice Award for "All Together" (Album)
— Family Choice Award for "Let's Since Together" (Album)
— IMC Awards Best Children’s Song of the Year “I Am Happy Being Me” (Song)
— Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s We’re All In This Together (Album)
— Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s We’re All In This Together (Album)

Kathryn the Grape Book Award

— NAPPA Award for Choosing Kindness 
— NAPPA Award for I Am Happy Being Me
— NAPPA Award for It's Okay to Cry
— NAPPA Award for My Treasure Box with Tools of Love
— NAPPA Award for Alphabet Train
— NAPPA Award for Five Little Monkeys
— NAPPA Award for Itsy Bitsy Spider
— NAPPA Award for Old MacDonald
— NAPPA Award for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
— NAPPA Award for Wheels on the Bus
— NAPPA Award for Three Little Monkeys
— NAPPA Award for You Are My Sunshine
— NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series Seven-Book Special Edition
— NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Joyful Adventure
— NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Grateful Garden
— NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Unique Compass
— NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti
— NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Piece of Love
— NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Journey
— NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Magical Wand
— Best Children’s Fiction Book Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti (San Diego Book Awards)
— Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Joyful Adventure
— Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Grateful Garden
— Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Unique Compass
— Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti 
— Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Piece of Love 
— Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Journey 
— Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Magical Wand 
— Mom’s Choice Award for My Treasure Box with Tools of Love
— Mom’s Choice Award for I Am Happy Being Me
— Mom’s Choice Award for Alphabet Train
— Mom’s Choice Award for Five Little Monkeys
— Mom’s Choice Award for Itsy Bitsy Spider
— Mom’s Choice Award for Old MacDonald
— Mom’s Choice Award for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
— Mom's Choice Award for Wheels on the Bus
Mom's Choice Award for Three Little Kittens
— Mom's Choice Award for You Are My Sunshine
— Family Choice Award for Choosing Kindness 
— Family Choice Award for I Am Happy Being Me
— Family Choice Award for It's Okay to Cry
— Family Choice Award for My Treasure Box with Tools of Love
— Family Choice Award for Alphabet Train
— Family Choice Award for Five Little Monkeys
— Family Choice Award for Itsy Bitsy Spider
— Family Choice Award for Old MacDonald
— Family Choice Award for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
— Family Choice Award for Wheels on the Bus
— Family Choice Award for Three Little Monkeys
— Family Choice Award for You Are My Sunshine
— Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Magical Wand
— Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Journey
— Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Piece of Love
— Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti
Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Unique Compass
— Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Grateful Garden
— Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Joyful Adventure
— Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series Seven-Book Special Edition

Kathryn Cloward's Inspirational Recognition

— San Diego Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Leadership Award
— San Diego Magazine’s Women Who Move the City Award
— Speak for Success Women Changing the World Inspirational Woman Award
— San Diego Metro’s 40 Under 40 Award