About Frank Serafini


Dr. Frank Serafini is currently a Professor of Literacy Education and Children's Literature at Arizona State University. 

He is also the CEO of Southwest Educational Consultants, Inc.

Curriculum Vitae 2017


Dr. Frank Serafini is an award winning children’s author and illustrator, a landscape photographer, a devoted guitar player, and a Professor of Literacy Education and Children’s Literature at Arizona State University. Frank has recently been awarded the Arbuthnot Award from the International Reading Association as the 2014 Distinguished Professor of Children's Literature.

Frank has published seven books with Heinemann, including: The Reading Workshop, Reading Aloud and Beyond, Lessons in Comprehension, Around the Reading Workshop in 180 Days, Classroom Reading Assessments, and Reading Workshop 2.0: Teaching Reading in the Digital Age (2015). In addition, Frank has published Reading the Visual: An Introduction to Teaching Multimodal Literacies (2014) and Remixing Multiliteracies (2017) with Teachers College Press.

In 2008, Frank began writing and illustrating a series of non-fiction picturebooks focusing on nature with Kids Can Press. The Looking Closely series contains books about the desert, garden, pond, rainforest, shore and forest. In 2009, Looking Closely Along the Shore won an International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choice Award, and Honorable Mention from the Society of School Librarians International.

Frank was an elementary school teacher and literacy specialist for twelve years in Phoenix, AZ. He received his Masters degree in Elementary Education and his Ph.D in Reading Education at Arizona State University. In 2007 Frank received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and in 2009, Frank received a Foundation Award at ASU for his Excellence in Teaching.

Distinctions & Awards

An article from the ASU Insight Newsletter

Frank’s Band: Frankie & the Tornados

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