About Kathryn Starke


Kathryn Starke is an urban elementary school literacy expert, reading consultant, author, and the founder of Creative Minds Publications, LLC, a global literacy based educational company.  She has been featured on multiple media platforms including Fox Small Business News, Inspire Me Today, Virginia This Morning, and Conversations Live.  Kathryn serves as a literacy trainer for the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute and VCU AmeriCorps program.  Kathryn was on the executive board for the Richmond Area Reading Council and governing board for the Virginia State Reading Association.  She currently serves on the board of Reach Out and Read Virginia and the Chris Baker 92 Foundation.  Kathryn is the children’s author for the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation reading program.  She served as a panelist on educational forums for University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University and was the keynote speaker for the PBS Kids Writing Contest Awards Ceremony.  In addition, she leads an annual children’s writing workshop sponsored by the Library of Virginia Foundation.

A native of Richmond Virginia, Kathryn graduated from Longwood University with a BS degree in elementary education and a Master's degree in Literacy and Culture.  She has taught first, second, and third grade and served as a literacy specialist for over a decade in inner city/Title I schools in Richmond Public Schools and Chesterfield County Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia.  She is the author of Amy’s Travels, a multicultural children’s book used in schools on over twenty countries on six continents.  The book was recently turned into a musical by the Latin Ballet of Virginia.  She is a freelance educational writer for a variety of magazines including Education Digest, Parent and Child, and Literacy Daily, the publication of International Literacy Association.  Kathryn was named one of the 50 Great Writers You Should be Reading by The Author’s Show.  She has provided in depth literacy consulting in over 40 schools, spanning 5 states (Virginia, California, New York, Massachusetts, and South Carolina) and has presented at both state and national reading conferences.

Visit https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kathryn-Starke to download reading resources for your children or elementary school classroom.

Visit http://kathrynstarke.wordpress.com/ to see all of Kathryn's books, calendar, and appearances.

Contact Kathryn
Creative Minds Publications
2325 Crowncrest Drive
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 740-6010

Author Visits/Appearances


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Children's author, Kathryn Starke, will introduce the story of Amy's Travels and/or read Amy's Travels. She is available to sell and sign personalized copies of Amy's Travels at every event.

Speaking Engagements

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Kathryn is available for speaking engagements that promote literacy at home, school, and in your community. She speaks on a variety of topics related to her role in education as well as a children's author. Some specific topics are listed below.

  • literacy (early childhood, elementary, secondary level)
  • urban education
  • elementary education
  • global awareness
  • multicultural literature
  • reading instruction at school and at home
  • writing for children
  • parent and family literacy programs

From colleges to corporations and everything in between, Kathryn addresses the importance of providing every child with the motivation, inspiration, and instruction to be a successful reader.  She uses her expertise in education to match the mission of any company, foundation, or organization to address the importance of creating a community that promotes and supports literacy.

Private Tutoring/Parent Coaching

Kathryn is available for private reading/writing tutoring for elementary school children.  Kathryn will evaluate your child to determine his or her instructional level and provide lessons that will greatly increase your child's reading level.  In addition to the tutoring, Kathryn believes in coaching parents to give them the best strategies to support their child's reading growth and development.  Call for pricing.

School Presentations for Students


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Amy's Travels
(2 thirty minute programs, Call for pricing)

Author Kathryn Starke shares Amy's Travels with students using the descriptive text and colorful illustrations of this multicultural children's book.  Amy's Travels teaches the geography, culture and diversity of our world through the eyes of a young girl.  Since this book is based on the true story of Kathryn's friend Amy, she uses the presentation to explain how true stories make the best books and how our favorite book characters represent real people.  Since the book teaches the seven continents, Kathryn uses an interactive approach by having students mark Amy's travels on a map of our world.  A book guide is available for teachers.  Presales and personalized copies of Amy's Travels are available for students and teachers.

Kathryn Starke visited Millwood School and presented her first book, Amy's Travels, to two groups of students: kindergarten through second grade, and third grade through fifth grade.  She was able to peak the student’s interest by crossing the curriculum with hands-on reading and geography.  Millwood School’s teachers and students appreciate her abilities, enthusiasm, and time with us.  Each of us was enriched by this experience.
- Diane Murrell, Language Arts Head, Millwood School, Midlothian, Virginia

Kathryn Starke is a fabulous storyteller.  It was so easy to listen to her and feel her excitement about the character and the places she went.  She packed the house with over 60 visitors.  Kathryn has been one of my favorite visiting authors, and I would gladly invite her to the museum again and again.
- Wendy Murphy, Resources Center Coordinator, Stepping Stones Museum for Children

The presentation was perfect.  The teachers could tell Kathryn was in education because she interacted so well with the students, tied everything in with the curriculum, and it was the perfect length.  It was "just right."
- Tammy Byram, Librarian, Margaret Brent Elementary School, Stafford, Virginia

Author For a Day

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Kathryn Starke will spend the day at your school sharing a variety of activities including any or all of the following:

  • Amy's Travels assembly
  • Book signings
  • Classroom writing workshops