Meet the Team
Katie Doyle was born and raised in a small suburb in North East Ohio where she was surrounded by a menagerie of animals.Through her wandering spirit she found herself settling in and making Miami, FL her adult home. The hot tropical weather and vibrant culture that the city is so famous for have served as a constant source of inspiration. She attended Florida International University where she received a bachelors degree in Liberal Studies.
Katie has always had a passion and talent for writing and has merged her love of animals into her children’s books. She wrote “Miu Over Miami” after being inspired by her quirky plump housecat Miu Miu (aka Miumerton). Miu was rescued off the streets of Miami and has proven to be quite a character inspiring many stories that are perfect for Children!
Author & Creator
Clayton Young was born and raised in New Port Richey, Florida. As a child Clayton was always drawing and developed a passion for comics, film and animation. In 1995, after watching a documentary of animation and special effects in film, Clayton saw other artists using their imagination to create amazing artwork and that was their job. From that moment he wanted nothing more than to be an artist. After high school, Clayton got an Associates Degree in Animation and Design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
Clayton is now a graphic artist and in his free time creates his own comics and Concept art. Still to this day he'll never forget that moment in '95 when he decided to let his imagination take over and led him to the creative lifestyle he has made for himself.
Read to Learn Books for Free is a grant-funded program in partnership with The Children’s Trust. Nearly half of Miami-Dade County 3rd graders fail to read at even basic grade level, and are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school. Studies have shown that access to reading materials is the first real step toward improving children’s literacy, but only 1 out of every 300 urban children has a book in their home.
The second step is getting parents involved in reading with their children. Read to Learn encourages children and parents to read together by placing 40 bookshelves full of free books (ages 0-16) throughout under-served areas of Miami-Dade County, in such locations as WIC offices, community action centers, juvenile justice centers, battered-women-and-children shelters, and more. Children are encouraged to take one book per visit. The books that fill the bookshelves are donated from individuals, schools, businesses, and organizations within Miami-Dade County. We currently deliver 3,500 gently used or new books each week for children 0-16 in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Creole.