About Creative Minds Publications, LLC

A global literacy educational company that exemplifies quality reading instruction for all children.  We motivate children, support parents, and inspire fellow educators to love teaching reading.


Creative Minds Publications has worked with organizations such as The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, 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 specialist, 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 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 when provided with great instruction.  Kathryn works with fellow educators, organizations, and corporations to promote reading through books, projects, events, and creative initiatives.

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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 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