About Kathryn Starke
Kathryn Starke is an urban elementary school reading specialist, literacy consultant, keynote speaker, and author. 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 a decade in inner city/Title I schools in Richmond, Virginia. Kathryn travels to schools and organizations throughout the nation presenting workshops in urban literacy education for children, parents, teachers, and administrators.
Kathryn serves as the founder/CEO of Creative Minds publications, which exemplifies quality literacy instruction for all children. CMP publishes engaging and educational children's literature. As the author of Amy's Travels, she travels worldwide to bring this multicultural title to life. Kathryn presents at reading and writing conferences throughout the nation and is a keynote speaker for many nonprofit organizations and events. She is a freelance educational writer for a variety of magazines including Education Digest. Kathryn was named one of the 50 Great Writers you Should Be Reading in 2012. She is excited to write for a different audience with the debut of her first novel, Because of You, November 2013.
Visit http://kathrynstarke.wordpress.com/ to see all of Kathryn's books, calendar, and appearances.
($50.00 + travel fees)
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.
($150.00 + travel fees)
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.
Kathryn is available for private reading/writing tutoring for children around the Richmond area. Fees range from $40 per hour depending on travel time.
School Presentations for Students
Skype an Author
(2 thirty minute programs, $195.00 + travel fees)
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
Kathryn Starke will spend the day at your school sharing a variety of activities inluding any or all of the following:
- Amy's Travels assembly
- Book signings
- Classroom visits with writing workshops
- Literacy workshops
- Meetings with teachers and administrators