About Kathryn Starke


Kathryn Starke is an urban literacy consultant, reading specialist, author, keynote speaker, adjunct professor, and the founder of Creative Minds Publications. She has been featured on multiple media platforms including Success magazine, Inspire Me Today, Virginia This Morning, and Thrive Global. Kathryn has served as a literacy trainer for the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute and VCU AmeriCorps program. She is the creator of Tackle Reading, an annual literacy educational initiative supported by the NFL.

A native of Richmond Virginia, Kathryn graduated from Longwood University with a bachelor’s 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 reading specialist and district literacy coach 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. Her books, Tackle Reading and A Touchdown in Reading are part of a national educational initiative supported by the NFL.

She is a freelance educational writer for a variety of magazines including Education Digest, Edutopia, Teach Hub, 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 and one of the top 20 educators you should be following in 2020. She has provided in depth literacy consulting in over 150 schools in some of the largest school districts in the country including New York City and Los Angeles Unified. Starke began her educational career in her home state of Virginia, which ranks in the top 10% in US public education.

Visit The Starke School, a supplemental K-3 program to support the foundational skills in reading and math. The Starke School can be completed anywhere, anytime at your own pace and convenience both online and offline. Imagine inviting a teacher into your home for just $60.00 a month to help your child achieve academic success.

Visit https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kathryn-Starke to download FREE 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


(Call for pricing)

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.

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.

Author For a Day

(Call for pricing)

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