The cover of diverse book Kaya's Heart Song shows a Malaysian girl practicing mindfulness
In a scene from Kaya's Heart Song a Malaysian girl watches her mother practice yoga
In a scene from Kaya's Heart Song a Malaysian girl carefully removes the vines from around an elephant on a carousel
In a scene from Kaya's Heart Song a Malaysian girl uses her connection with nature to practice mindfulness
In Kaya's Heart Song two Asian girls form a heart-shaped yoga pose and on the opposite page is a description of mindfulness
Kaya's Heart Song
Kaya's Heart Song

Kaya's Heart Song

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Written by DIWA THARAN SANDERS | Illustrated by NERINA CANZI


Kaya is looking for her heart song – the song that happy hearts sing. Her search takes her on a journey deep into the jungle where a broken down carousel waits for a very special song to make it turn again…

Grounded in the principles of mindfulness, this joyful story set in the vibrant jungles of Malaysia will truly make your heart sing.


*BookTrust's Books We Love

'A sanctuary for the soul' – Dr. Rohini Vijaygopal, Mindfulness Foundation UK 

'If you want sheer delight in a story, here it is' – Book Monsters

Book Details

Reading Age: 4-6 years
Extent: 32 pages
Book size: 24 x 24 cm
Pub Date: 8th March 2018 (hardcover) | 21st March 2019 (softcover)
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-911373-22-3
ISBN (softcover): 978-1-911373-07-0

Why people love this book

'This delightful and gentle story offers up a sublime slice of mindfulness, particularly needed by children who increasingly have so much to deal with in their young lives' – Read It Daddy

'A mystical, magical, musical story that tugs heartstrings, sings to ears, and encourages the reader to listen for her own heart song, knowing that with a heart song, anything can happen' – Manhattan Book Review

'A gentle, subtle picture book with a lovely message that will help to encourage and show children the importance of valuing their dreams, believe in their own imagination as well as to observe the world around them and, most importantly of all, to give them time to just be' – Outside In World

'The story and images blend together in perfect sync to make this an eye-catching keepsake. A terrific choice for mindfulness classes' – School Library Journal

'Ivy and I find ourselves singing Kaya’s heart song long after we have finished reading the book' – Ivy's Library

'This is a truly unique picture book, grounded in the values of mindfulness, and one that will leave young readers wide-eyed with surprise and wonder' – Books for Topics

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Kaya's Heart Song

Finding one's true self is a message for young ones to learn. The narrative made me imagine Kaya's own beat is a sullen staccato that builds to a lively chant that is moving. Kids will be delighted with the colorful illustrations too.

A Beautiful Introduction to Mindfulness

I love the way this book introduces meditation and mindfulness in a way that is easy for kids (and adults!) to understand! Its whimsical illustrations—especially those of the carousel—are a delight as well.