About Kathryn Starke
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Kathryn Starke is an urban elementary school reading specialist, literacy consultant, children's author, publisher, public speaker and freelance writer. A graduate of Longwood University, she earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education and her master's degree in literacy and culture. She currently serves as the CEO of Creative Minds Publications. Kathryn spends every day motivating children to read, think, and learn. As a former first, second and third grade teacher in an inner city school system, Kathryn believes that motivation and a print rich environment are the two factors needed to promote literacy. Kathryn travels to schools, libraries, museums, and bookstores to share Amy's Travels with children, parents, and teachers. She presents literacy workshops for parents and teachers and is available for public speaking engagements. Kathryn continues to write and share her passion for literacy with fellow educators.
Visit www.author-illustr-source.com/KathrynStarke.htm to view Kathryn Starke's calendar and booking information.
($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 and at school. 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
Kathryn is available for private reading/writing tutoring for children around the Richmond area. Fees range from $30-$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