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 2016


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 six books with Heinemann, including: The Reading Workshop, Reading Aloud and Beyond, Lessons in Comprehension, Around the Reading Workshop in 180 Days and Classroom Reading Assessments. In addition, Frank published Interactive Comprehension Strategies: Fostering Meaningful Talk About Texts with Scholastic, and Reading the Visual: An Introduction to Teaching Multimodal Literacies with Teachers College Press. Frank’s new book with Heinemann entitled: Reading Workshop 2.0: Teaching Reading in the Digital Age is available Spring 2015.

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 2003, he received the Distinguished New Faculty Award, and in 2007 the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 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

© Frank Serafini 2013