Tackle Reading




7th annual Tackle Reading Day: March 2, 2023 (Virtual and In-Person)

How do you participate this year? Click here to see how to register today! 

Tackle Reading: A Book & Movement to promote a love of literacy with a passion for football-an educational initiative supported by the NFL,  NFL Legends, NFLA, and WNFC  ! Check out the 4th annual Tackle Reading event video

 Anyone Can Tackle Reading March 2, 2023 :

#TackleReading is officially online during these unprecedented times. Download your free Tackle Reading activity book here and check out our football themed books and activities here.

Follow @KathrynStarke #TackleReading for our daily reading coaching tips, reading and writing activities with NFL athletes, contests, and giveaways!

Kathryn Starke, national urban literacy consultant and author, wrote Tackle Reading and A Touchdown in Reading: An Educator’s Guide to Literacy Instruction, popular reading resources published by Creative Minds Publications. The books are used in teacher book clubs and PD across the country and selected for the book list of Books Every Teacher Should Read and 2021 Best Books to Teach Reading.  Request a sample of A Touchdown in Reading today and get the entire e-book version of Tackle Reading today in the Teachers Pay Teachers store.  

To bring the book to life for children, Starke, a former inner-city elementary school teacher, partnered with fellow literacy leader and author Michelle Staubach Grimes to kick off the annual Tackle Reading day, held each March to celebrate Read Across America and national reading month. NFL athletes, alumni, and Hall of Fame members from both the NFL and WNFC, coast to coast, spend the day reading to their local elementary schools. Thanks to corporate sponsorship and charitable giving, we are able to donate children’s books to classrooms across the country on this special day.

Find Out in Thrive Global: How I Engaged the NFL to Tackle Reading   

Read about Hall of Fame member Willie Lanier Helping to Tackle Reading in Richmond, Virginia

SoulVision Magazine Introduces Tackle Reading as their Community Engagement Piece

Check Out Our story in Read it Forward and Publisher’s Weekly NFL Players Inspire Kids to Read Coast to Coast

Learn How DisruptED TV  explains how Your School Can Tackle Reading on our Team 

Read how it all started in the Richmond Magazine article Game Plan

See how the Seattle Seahawks helped us Tackle Reading 

Tackle Reading “180”-a reading model to help schools achieve literacy success any time of the school year

How Anyone can Participate in our annual Tackle Reading day: 

1-Any school across the country can participate on #TackleReading day (next date: March 2, 2023) by implementing any of the following ideas (football themed books, making an edible stadium, etc.)  from this educational link.

2-Any NFL athlete can join our team to serve as a guest reader by contacting the Community Relations department of your NFL team, NFL Alumni,  or emailing Kathryn Starke, founder of Tackle Reading, at info@creativemindspublications.com

3-Any individual, business, or organization can sponsor a #TackleReading event in a local school of your choice and help give the gift of reading and books to children and classrooms.

4-Note: Tackle Reading assemblies, teacher PD, book club discounts, and family or community literacy events are available all year long at a discounted cost when using the code word: #TackleReading.

Email info@creativemindspublications.com to inquire and book for your school.

*Previous NFL Participation from the following teams: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Washington Football Club

*Previous WNFC Participation from the following teams: Texas Elite Spartans, Oregon Ravens, Denver Bandits, Nebraska Nite Hawks, Washington Prodigy


Tackle Reading has been featured multiple media outlets including the following. We would love to share your story with your media outlet. Contact us info@creativemindspublications.com today or deitra@reddcarpetgroup.com 

Tackle Reading is represented by Redd Carpet Group for philanthropic outreach, media and publicity.  


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