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Frank Serafini

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: 

Serafini, Frank. (in preparation). Beyond the visual: An Introduction to Researching 

            Multimodal Phenomena. Teachers College Press. 

Serafini, Frank & Gee, Elisabeth (2017). Remixing Multiliteracies: From New London to New 

            Times. Teachers College Press.

Serafini, Frank & Rylak, Danielle (in press).  Representations of Museums and Museum 

Visits in Narrative Picturebooks. Libri et Liberi.

Moses, L., Rylak, D., Kachorsky, D., & Serafini, F. (2020), Investigating young 

readers’ use of visual, textual, and design resources in contemporary picturebooks. JOLLE: Journal of Language and Literacy Education. 16(2), p. 1-23.

Serafini, Frank, Moses, Lindsey, Kachorsky, Dani, and Rylak, Danielle. (2020). Incorporating 

multimodal literacies into classroom-based reading assessments. The Reading Teacher. 

74 (3), p. 285-296.

Hruby, G., Heibert, E., McGill-Franzen, A., Draper, R., Serafini, F., Chandler-Olcott, K., McVerry, G., and O’Byrne, I. (2019) Defining Instructional Text: Eight Literacy Scholars Discuss Framing and Trade-offs. Ubiquity: The Journal of Literature, Literacy, and the Arts, Research Strand, 6(1), 1-38.

Serafini, Frank & Reid, Stephanie (2019). Multimodal Content Analysis: Expanding 

Analytical Approaches to Content Analysis. Visual Communication, 19(1) 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1177/1470357219864133

Serafini, Frank & Reid, Stephanie (2019). Crossing Boundaries: Exploring 

Metaleptic Transgressions in Contemporary Picturebooks, Children’s Literature in 

Education. 51, 261-284.

Reid, Stephanie F. & Serafini, Frank (2018). More than words: An investigation of the middle-

grade novel. Journal of Children’s Literature, 44(2), 32-44.

Serafini, Frank, Kachorsky, Dani, & Reid, Stephanie F. (2018). Revisiting the Multimodal 

Nature of Children’s Literature. Language Arts, 95(5), 311-321.

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.

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.

Serafini, Frank. (2015). Paths to Interpretation: Developing Students’ Interpretive Repertoires.

Language and Literacy. 15(3), 118-133. 

Serafini, Frank. (2015). Multimodal Literacy: From Theories to Practices. Language Arts.

92(6), 412-423.

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
RDG 510Literacies, Dig Tech, Lrning
DCI 706Academic Writing
DCI 790Reading and Conference
EPA 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
RDG 512Theory Founds-Lang/Literacy
DCI 691Seminar
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
RDG 510Literacies, Dig Tech, Lrning
RDG 512Theory Founds-Lang/Literacy
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
RDG 510Literacies, Dig Tech, Lrning
DCI 790Reading and Conference
EPA 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
RDG 512Theory Founds-Lang/Literacy
EPA 691Seminar
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
RDG 291Children's Literature
RDG 590Reading and Conference
EPA 790Reading and Conference
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 791Seminar
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
RDG 291Children's Literature
DCI 691Seminar
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
RDG 291Children's Literature
RDG 590Reading and Conference
EPA 691Seminar
DCI 790Reading and Conference
EPA 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
RDG 291Children's Literature
RDG 563Children's Literature
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
RDG 590Reading and Conference
EPA 790Reading and Conference
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
RDG 563Children's Literature
DCI 691Seminar
DCI 790Reading and Conference
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Honors / Awards: 

Recipient: IRA Arbuthnot Award for Distinguished Professor of Children’s Literature (2014)

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

Professional Associations: 

NAEP Reading Advisory Council
Literacy Research Association