Photo courtesy of Margaret Rotan Photography

Photo courtesy of Margaret Rotan Photography


Kate Carmain is the founder of Rosebud Reads, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, and lives in Houston, TX. 

Kate has spent her childhood summers volunteering on the Rosebud Reservation. During her time on the Reservation she saw that Native children lack access to high-quality, age-appropriate books and became aware of low literacy rates among Native children. This realization, and Kate’s lifelong love of reading sparked her passion for promoting children’s literacy. She aspired to improve educational opportunities for Native children. She researched ways to enhance literacy, developed handouts to provide this information to parents and, in 2015, Kate founded Rosebud Reads. She makes annual trips to South Dakota to deliver books to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe children and has donated over 7,000 books to date.

In addition to serving the children of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Kate holds summer Book Clubs for the local Boys and Girls Club in Rosebud, SD and volunteers at the Tree of Life Ministry in Mission, SD. 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Kate donated over 1,000 books to child-evacuees living in Houston shelters. 

Kate partners with schools in Houston to host book fairs to promote a culture of reading. 

Kate is a student at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas.