Frank Serafini

FACULTY/ADMIN BLDG
PHOENIX
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1811

Biography

Frank Serafini is a professor of literacy education and children's literature in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. He is an award-winning children's picturebook author and illustrator and recently received the Mayhill Arbuthnot Award from the International Literacy Association as the 2014 Distinguished Professor of Children's Literature.

Professor Serafini has published seven 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. He published Interactive Comprehension Strategies: Fostering Meaningful Talk About Texts with Scholastic, Reading the Visual: An Introduction to Teaching Multimodal Literacies and Re-Imagining Multiliteracies with Teachers College Press. Professor Serafini's new book with Heinemann is entitled Reading Workshop 2.0: Teaching Reading in the Digital Age.

He has been conducting research on visual and multimodal literacy working with contemporary picturebooks to support young readers' comprehension. He is also developing a visual literacy curriculum and has been investigating digital and mobile applications in literacy education.

Education

  • Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction: Reading Education, Arizona State University 2001
  • M.Ed. Elementary Education,  Arizona State University 1992
  • B.A. Business Administration, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO, 1984

Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • What is the role of picturebooks in the elementary reading curriculum?
  • How do young readers make sense of the visual and design elements of picturebooks?
  • What strategies do young readers need to make sense of visual images and multimodal texts?

Current Research Projects:

  • Dr. Serafini has been conducting research on visual and multimodal literacy, in particular working with contemporary picturebooks to support young readers comprehension. He is developing a visual literacy curriculum and has been investigating digital and mobile applications in literacy education.

Publications

  • Kachorsky, Dani, Moses, Lindsey, & Serafini, Frank. (2017). Meaning Making with

    Picturebooks: Young Children’s Use of Semiotic Resources. Literacy

    Research and Instruction, 56(3), 231-249.

  • Serafini, Frank. (2017). Visual Literacy. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Education.

  • Moses, Lindsey, Serafini, Frank, & Lloyd, Stacy. (2016). Looking Closely at Informational

    Texts: Considering the Role(s) of Mentor Texts for kindergarten Children. Journal of

    Research in Childhood Education. 30(4), 529-539.

  • Kachorsky, Dani, Aguilera, Earl, Gee, Elisabeth, & Frank Serafini (2016) Expanding analytical

    perspectives on children’s picturebook apps. Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and

    Practice. Literacy Research Association Annual Yearbook, 1-15.

  • Serafini, Frank, Kachorsky, Dani, & Goff, Maria. (2015). Representing Reading: An Analysis of Professional Development Book Covers. Journal of Language and Literacy Education. 11(2), 94-112.

  • Serafini, Frank. (2015). The Appropriation of Fine Art in Contemporary Narrative  Picturebooks. Children’s Literature in Education. 46(4), 438-453.

  • Serafini, Frank, Kachorsky, Dani, & Aguillera, Earl. (2015). Picturebooks 2.0: Transmedial  Features Across Narrative Platforms. Journal of Children’s Literature. 41(2), 16-24.
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  • Serafini, Frank. (2015). Multimodal Literacy: From Theories to Practices. Language Arts. 92(6),  412-423.

Courses

Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
RDG 291 Children's Literature
RDG 590 Reading and Conference
EPA 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 791 Seminar
DCI 792 Research
DCI 799 Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
RDG 291 Children's Literature
DCI 691 Seminar
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 792 Research
DCI 799 Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
RDG 291 Children's Literature
RDG 590 Reading and Conference
EPA 691 Seminar
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
EPA 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 792 Research
DCI 799 Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
RDG 291 Children's Literature
RDG 563 Children's Literature
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 792 Research
DCI 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
RDG 590 Reading and Conference
EPA 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
RDG 563 Children's Literature
DCI 691 Seminar
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 792 Research
DCI 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
RDG 512 Theory Founds-Lang/Literacy
RDG 590 Reading and Conference
DCI 691 Seminar
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
EPA 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 791 Seminar
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
RDG 563 Children's Literature
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
DCI 791 Seminar
DCI 792 Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
RDG 291 Children's Literature
RDG 512 Theory Founds-Lang/Literacy
RDG 590 Reading and Conference
DCI 790 Reading and Conference
EPA 790 Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
RDG 563 Children's Literature
DCI 598 Special Topics
DCI 691 Seminar
DCI 790 Reading and Conference

Honors/Awards

Recipient: IRA Arbuthnot Award for Distinguished Professor of Childrens Literature (2014)

Recipient: Arizona State University Faculty Teaching Achievement Award (2009)

Professional Associations

NAEP Reading Advisory Council
Literacy Research Association