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Kathryn Starke 
Creative Minds Publications focuses on promoting literacy, as well as creative and educational materials for children that motivate children to read, think and learn.  CMP supports fellow educators and promotes quality reading instruction in schools.  Kathryn Starke, an urban elementary school literacy coach, started the company in 2005 in Richmond, Virginia, to promote her first book entitled Amy's Travels.  She works with elementary school teachers nationwide to understand how to implement best practices in reading, writing, and word study.

With Kathryn's teaching experience in urban school systems, she sees first hand that all children can learn to read and, in turn, read to learn when provided with quality literature that is enriched with child friendly text and illustrations.  Kathryn continues to work with fellow educators to promote their own creative materials for today's youth.  She always welcomes new ideas, projects, and partnerships that foster a love of reading.

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AMY'S TRAVELS, 2nd edition  

by Kathryn Starke

Amy's Travels is a multicultural children's book that teaches the culture, diversity, and geography of our world. Based on a true story, Amy's Travels is the first children's picture book to teach the seven continents.

View sample pages from Amy's Travels (pdf, 1.5MB)

Download Amy's Travels Book Guide (pdf, 60KB)

  • Amy's Travels can be found in schools, libraries, and homes on six continents!
  • Bulk Rate Available: perfect for class sets or small group instruction
  • Named as the 2013-2014 musical performance by the Latin Ballet of Virginia

Amy's Travels Project

To order, print and mail the order form or contact us: info@creativemindspublications.com, 804.740.6010

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Amy's Travels


by Dr. Sharon Gaston and Richard Halttunen

Ted the Turtle searches for the perfect home after his habitat has been polluted. He explores where ants, squirrels, and other animals live in nature. This children's book exposes children to environmental issues, such as turtle conservation, ecosystems, and litter prevention.

  • Recognized as a Nature Appreciation title by Skipping Stones Magazine
  • Named an environmental read by Virginia Naturally

For ordering information on Turtle Without a Home, please visit their website at www.turtlewithoutahome.com

Turtle Without a Home


by Linda Schubert Published by Brandylane Publishers

Anita was born in Berlin, Germany in 1926.  This book tells her emotional story alongside historical facts of the country's history.  Written by an educator, the story teaches kindness, fairness, and compassion to independent readers of all ages.  An enrichment guide that correlates with each chapter of the book is available for $9.95 or free when a bulk order of twelve or more books are purchased.   Author Linda Schubert uses Danger on My Doorstep as a basis for her educational program to teach tolerance and anti-bullying, important subjects for our students today.  This forty-five minute session is recommended for 4th-9th graders.  Email info@creativemindspublications.com for information regarding programming or purchasing the enrichment guide.

For ordering information on Danger on My Doorstep, please visit their website at http://www.brandylanepublishers.com

Danger on My Doorstep