Kaya’s Heart Song
Written by Diwa Tharan Sanders and illustrated by Nerina Canzi
Hardback edition! Published in Spring 2018
Diwa Tharan Sanders
Diwa Tharan Sanders is a Malaysian author of Indian-Filipino heritage. At a young age, she discovered that writing; whether it was poetry, short stories or journaling gave her the freedom to be as bold, funny or as clever as she dared. As an adult, she finds newfound freedom in using heart and spirit to capture the minds and imaginations of young readers everywhere.
Nerina Canzi is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and artist. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1958. She graduated in 1980 as a teacher of drawing and painting at the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredón. She lived in Italy and Spain for seventeen years, painting murals and everything related to the decorative arts. In 2014 she began working in illustration and a year later received the NATIONAL AND LATIN AMERICAN PRIZE for Children’s and Youth Literature for her book La Hormiguita viajera. She is currently living in Argentina.
“Every story leads me to a different territory. The words suggest colours, images, unexpected atmospheres…”
You can find out more about Nerina and her stunning artwork on her website.
What inspired me to write Kaya’s Heart Song?
My character Kaya is based on a lot of what I love too, such as being in nature, allowing my imagination to colour my day, relishing that spirit of adventure and in the case of ‘Kaya’s Heart Song’, even magic and carousels!
The idea to write about a heart song came to me during my breathwork practitioner’s training course, after musing about how we all carry personal desires for our hearts; desires that make them sing with joy and fulfillment. The ones that make us feel that anything is possible and we have the gifts to make them so. I wanted to tell a children’s story about a heart song using themes that children could relate to, to show them the importance of valuing our heart’s desires as well as believing in their own magic and imagination.
Nature also inspires me because it holds so much beauty and mystery and that is why I like setting my stories in natural environments because there’s always a sense of adventure and the unexpected. I also often seek the guidance of my inner child when I plan a story. In many ways, you could say that my inner child has come alive through Kaya. When in doubt, I often ask myself, what would Kaya do?
Author: Diwa Tharan Sanders
Illustrator: Nerina Canzi
Release date: 8th March 2018
Page number: 32
Age range: 4-8
ISBN (hardback): 978-1-911373-22-3
Product dimensions: 24cm x 24cm