About Creative Minds Publications, LLC

An award-winning educational publishing and literacy consulting company that helps schools achieve reading success.  We motivate children, support parents, and inspire fellow educators to love teaching reading.


Creative Minds Publications has worked with organizations such as NFL, NFL Alumni, Chicken Soup for the Soul, University of Chicago, VCU AmeriCorps, and PBS Kids to foster a love of reading at the elementary school level.  This literacy based educational company is a leader in providing urban educators with the tools and techniques to ensure academic reading success for their students.

Kathryn Starke, an urban elementary school literacy consultant, started the company in 2005 in Richmond, Virginia, initially to promote her first book entitled Amy's Travels.  She has expanded her company to work with elementary school teachers and educational leaders nationwide to understand how to implement best practices in literacy.  With Kathryn's teaching experience in urban school systems, she sees first hand that all children can learn to read when provided with quality literacy instruction.  Kathryn works with fellow educators, organizations, and corporations to promote reading through books, projects, events, and creative initiatives.

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A Touchdown in Reading: An Educator’s Guide to Literacy Instruction

by Kathryn Starke

A Touchdown in Reading is a resource that provides educators with the step by step guidance to teach reading and writing through small group and whole group instruction. This book provides lesson plans, activities, and graphic organizers to meet every single child on his or her own reading journey. The innovative and instructional approaches in this educational resource can be easily implemented into your classroom. It is a recommended resource in elementary school districts and in colleges and universities around the country.


by Kathryn Starke

Tackle Reading is a resource that motivates children, supports parents, and inspires teachers and fellow educators to love literacy. This book contains stories written by NFL players, celebrities, and authors who are passionate about reading education. It also includes pieces, lesson plans, activities, and guidance provided by literacy leaders, educators, and organizations dedicated to improve literacy instruction for all children.

  • Thousands of copies donated to inner-city elementary schools nationwide thanks to charitable giving and sponsorship
  • Professional development available
  • Great book study for classroom teachers, reading teachers, parents, and educational leaders
  • Available in paperback & e-book version
  • Partnered with NFL, Michelle Staubach Grimes, and Beyond the Laces to kick off annual Tackle Reading Across America Day (March 2nd)
  • Featured in NFL youth football camps & NFL community events

Find out how to Join the NFL on Tackle Reading Day


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


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


by Donna Dalton

A mouse has never visited the top of the Eiffel Tower, let alone two mice. Join Azura and Afrodille as they take a special tour of Paris, France. Azura and Afrodille create a plan to see the entire city from the top of the famous landmark, but will it actually work? Enjoy an adventure that incorporates communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills.


by Donna Dalton

Enjoy an adventure that takes the two mice from Paris to London to visit the famous sights of Big Ben, The London Eye, and Buckingham Palace.  The two mice are reunited with Madame Bella and have a secret plan to meet the Queen. How will the mice get beyond the guards who protect the Queen’s palace to finally meet her?


by Donna Dalton

The star to the New York Rockefeller Christmas Tree is missing. Visitors come from all over the world to see the tree, and without the star, it will not be the same. Join two French mice, Azura and Afrodille, as they map out a plan in New York City to search for the missing star.


by Donna Dalton

The two mice combine adventure and curiosity as they collaborate with Africa’s BIG FIVE animals to save the great Baobab tree. This book celebrates the beauty of nature and the importance of conservation.

For information on the Two Mice travel series please visit https://www.2-mice.com

"I recently wrote my first children's book, Two Mice at the Eiffel Tower, but did not have a clue where to start.  I knew Kathryn Starke as a nationally recognized children's author and educator. The best decision I ever made was to sign on with Kathryn and publish through her company Creative Minds Publications. Kathryn is knowledgeable, has outstanding connections, gives sound advice through the editing process, and is always by your side.  I would highly recommend that you consider using Kathryn as your publisher. She will guide you through the process seamlessly.  I am honored to be a part of her team now and have already signed on for her services with my second book.  Kathryn Starke is a star in the world of literacy and publishing." -Donna Dalton, Author