Dr. Frank Serafini is currently an Associate Professor of Literacy Education and Children's Literature at Arizona State University. He is also the CEO of Southwest Educational Consultants, Inc.
Frank 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. Frank spends a great deal of time providing staff development workshops and conducting research focusing on reading instruction and the role of children”s literature in elementary schools.
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 has published Interactive Comprehension Strategies: Fostering Meaningful Talk About Texts with Scholastic. Frank's newest book is Reading the Visual: Strategies for Interpreting Multimodal Texts.
In 2008, Frank began writing and illustrating a series of non-fiction picture books 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.