About Kathryn the Grape®



 

About "Kathryn the Grape" Kathryn Cloward

Kathryn Cloward is a purposeful storyteller 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, she provides a treasure box filled with positive and affirming tools of love for children and adults to use together. 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 21 years of being a risk-taking and altruistic serial entrepreneur, it was a natural choice for Kathryn to streamline the production and publication of all of her media independently through her company, Kandon Unlimited, Inc. Since its inception in 2010, Kandon Unlimited has grown to now help other writers and artists achieve their goals.

Raised by her parents to always give back, Kathryn has consistently channeled her energy into graciously helping others by dedicating her time and resources to a variety of non-profit organizations and enrichment programs for youth. She joyfully helps raise awareness and support 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 rare 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.

"Kathryn the Grape" in her favorite outfit.

 

Kathryn with her mom, Mary K. Cloward

 

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.

In 2019, she created the all new Kathryn the Grape Let's Read Together Series with a younger character aimed to help ignite the love of reading in the hearts of our youngest children. The lessons taught in her Affirmation Series are shared in a single simplified book, My Treasure Box with Tools of Love.