~ Official Press Release ~
Kathryn the Grape® Music Earns 2015 Family Choice Award
Music CD Honored for Excellence in Family-Friendly Media
SAN DIEGO, May 24, 2015—Kandon Unlimited Inc., the parent company of the Kathryn the Grape children’s series and Kandon Publishing, announced today that the Believe— Kathryn the Grape Songs for Kids of All Ages music CD has earned the 2015 Family Choice Award. This significant honor, handed out annually since 1995, recognizes the best in children’s and parenting products.
Kathryn Cloward, creator of Kathryn the Grape, is excited to receive this unexpected award from one of the most prestigious family-friendly consumer awards programs in the nation. The award committee deemed the Kathryn the Grape CD to be among the very best of the best in children’s products.
“Kathryn the Grape as an entire series earned the 2014 Family Choice Award, so receiving this additional award was a complete surprise. I am incredibly grateful,” Cloward said. “Creating a children’s brand from scratch takes a lot of hard work and perseverance. Kathryn the Grape is competing in a marketplace dominated by Disney. Knowing that parents and children are enjoying the intentional messages being shared in my series is fuel to keep going.”
Believe— Kathryn the Grape Songs for Kids of All Ages, a seven-song music CD written by Cloward and Astra Kelly, has also earned the gold Mom’s Choice Award. Each song on the CD lyrically links to the positive messages Cloward shares in her award-winning book series.
Cloward is currently writing the final books in the seven-book Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series (illustrated by Molly Alice Hoy and four books co-written with Samantha Prince). She will be going back into the recording studio this summer to record the second Kathryn the Grape music CD, an 11-song collection of positive and affirming songs co-written with Lori Wilson that also share lyrical messages that link to the book series. Cloward and Wilson are becoming popular with San Diego families, as they are sharing their vocal and musical talents at events all around the county through the Kathryn the Grape Music Show. Cloward will be debuting two music albums in June 2015, Free to Fly and A Soft Place to Fall, with 22 new songs about her personal journey of transformation and unconditional love.
To learn more about Kathryn the Grape, visit kathrynthegrape.com. To learn more about and creator Kathryn Cloward, visit kathryncloward.com.
About Kathryn the Grape®
Kathryn the Grape is a messenger of love. Through this purposeful award-winning children's series of books and music, creator Kathryn Cloward is intentional about creating a ripple effect of loving kindness throughout the world. Kathryn the Grape is a unique children's series based on a real person and includes real children as characters. The series has earned five Family Choice Awards and four Mom's Choice Awards. Kandon Unlimited, Inc., a company dedicated to sharing heart-centered media and products with the world, owns all rights and property of Kathryn the Grape.
We are having a great time sharing Kathryn the Grape music with everyone. If you haven't had the chance to take a look, we welcome you to head over to the Kathryn the Grape Music Show webpage to find out more about how we are sharing messages of love through our live music shows.
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Angie Swartz for the Life Purpose Advisor podcast. In this interview I share a lot about my journey of transformation, and the tools I've incorporated into my life to help me align with my life purpose and live joyfully. I also share about my journey of why I started "Kathryn the Grape" to help kids of all ages!
If you are seeking inspiration for walking a path that is TRUE for you, perhaps this show will be helpful for you.
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I hop you are having a joyful and peaceful day!
12/12 is an anniversary date for me as it was four years ago today that I officially launched Kathryn the Grape. While there are many things I'd love to say about the incredible journey I have traveled to share the stories and lessons of my life through illustrated me (and tease some of the cool things we are creating for 2015), I realize that the only thing to share that really matters to me today is a note honoring Mr. and Mrs. Pierozzi.
When I was a a young girl, "Mr. P" was my Navajo softball coach. He always made me feel special. In my own skin as an elementary school girl, I felt awkward and dim. But Mr. P always had a way of making each and every one of us girls feel like we were the brightest star in the universe. He was always encouraging and loving!
At the age of 11, he nicknamed me "Kathryn the Grape" because I wore purple all of the time. Even as I grew into my adulthood, whenever I'd see him riding around the lake on his beach cruiser, he'd stop and joyfully inquire, "How are you doing, Kathryn the Grape?" He also always asked about my mom, which I thought was sweet. Mr. P passed in January 2007, and there were so many of us Navajo girls at his memorial. His positive impact rippled through countless lives, and multiple generations.
Five years ago, as I was working through the layers of creating stories and building a brand from scratch, I felt a strong urge to re-connect with “Mrs. P” (Marcia) and tell her about what I was doing in honor of her husband's imprint on my life. One morning, my angels were extremely persistent in giving me the message to GO SEE MARCIA. It was a work day and I had plenty of things going on, but the message was strong and it wouldn't go away. Having grown accustomed to trusting the energy flow of being guided, I got in my car and drove to the Pierozzi house. I was trying to figure out what I'd say to her if she was home, particularly since I was showing up unannounced and completely out of the blue. In a moment of doubt I thought about not stopping at all.
But as I drove up to the house, in that exact moment, Mrs. P was standing in the driveway with her purse and coat in hand!!! Had I delayed any longer that morning, she would not have been home. She waved and smiled at me as I pulled up. When I got out of my car she said, "Oh, I'm sorry. I thought you were the person I was waiting for." I laughed, "Well, I may not be the person you were expecting. But I have something important to share with you."
From that moment on, we connected quite regularly for the next few years. She was a special guest at the 12/12/2010 Gratitude & Grapes launch party I hosted to thank those nearest and dearest to me who helped bring KTG to life. This photo of us is from that event.
Yet over the past two years, I slowly lost contact with Mrs. P. This morning she lingered in my mind for quite a while. Then when I picked up my mail, I had a photo Christmas card from her and her daughter. Recognizing synchronicity and the energy around her in my life today, and the apparent changes that the last few years have had on Marcia, I knew I couldn’t delay any longer and I needed to reach out. And that is exactly what I did this afternoon.
I share this story because I want to encourage you to recognize those moments in your own life when energy flows through you to reach out to someone who matters to you. When you feel the desire to connect with someone, do it. If there is someone who has had a positive impact in your life, tell them. If you need to ask for forgiveness from someone you weren’t your best self with, ask them.
Don’t second guess! Don’t delay! There is always, always, always a gift in connection.
You never know who could be standing in their driveway waiting for a message of love from you.
I am thrilled to share that I am now offering FREE Kathryn the Grape hardcover books to schools, libraries, hospitals, and non-profit organizations. At a retail price of $16.99 + tax each, this is a value of over $50 for you!
I love sharing the messages of Kathryn the Grape with children and families! While I frequently visit schools for assemblies and participate in special events in my local community, there are many places that I am not able to reach in person at this time. Yet my heart's desire is to make the messages of Kathryn the Grape accessible to as many children as possible. That is why I have set up a way for your school, library, hospital, or nonprofit organization to receive three Kathryn the Grape award-winning hardcover books for free while allocated supplies last. You simply need to cover the cost of priority USA shipping and handling (only $8.25). Since all three books have earned the Family Choice Award and Mom's Choice Award for excellence in family-friendly media, you can be assured that these stories are appropriate for the children you love and nurture.
If you know of a teacher, school, children's hospital, or group that would benefit from this special offering, please pass along this blog link to them.
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This photo is so great! This is my friend Annie on the first day of school with her children, Kai and Keshi. You may recognize their names as Kai and Keshi are characters in Kathryn the Grape's Piece of Love. Annie was my boss when I worked at Club Med in 1997, and she left a HUGE footprint of love on my life. Honoring her by including her children in my series has been really important to me.
It makes my heart smile knowing that Kathryn the Grape is the only children's series focused on empowering children with tools of love, compassion, and acceptance that includes real children as characters. Kai and Keshi are two of those children!
May we all help others shine, and be thankful for those who help us shine!
Here are some more pictures of Kai and Keshi, and their pieces from "Piece of Love."
Keshi and Kai off to school, September 2014
Keshi and Kai receiving their advanced copies of Kathryn the Grape's Piece of Love in December 2014
Keshi's piece of love, as shared on page 20
Kai's piece of love, as shared on page 21
They are featured on Kathryn the Grape's signature logo. Can you find them?
This is such a special event packed with fabulous speakers, top-notch and relevant vendors, and fun entertainment. I am thrilled to be on their stage again, and this year I will be performing some Kathryn the Grape songs and other family favorites. Join us!
Earlier this year, I asked him if he would consider endorsing Kathryn the Grape and he joyfully agreed. This is what he shared about my work:
"Giving the gift to a child of inspiring them to be the best they can possibly be is the greatest gift anyone can give another. Kathryn's book does just this."
~ Howard Leonhardt
Howard's endorsement is printed on the back of the newly released paperback version of Kathryn the Grape Just Like Magic, which is available at Amazon.com, and on the testimonial page of this website. It's pretty awesome to have a grape entrepreneur support my grape messages!
The Leonhardt Zinfandel is now on the shelves at Trader Joes. If you enjoy wine, I encourage you to try this selection.