“It is always such a treat attending a conference in which Cyndi Giorgis shares her passion for literacy.” —Megan Sloan, Literacy Support Specialist

CYNDI GIORGIS is a professor of children’s and young adult literature at Arizona State University. She has been recognized for numerous university distinguished teaching awards and is the recipient of the International Literacy Association’s Arbuthnot Award for Outstanding Professor of Children’s and Young Adult Literature. She has chaired or served on award committees such as the Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, and the Orbis Picture Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for children.

Cyndi revised and updated the classic, million-copy bestselling Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook for a new generation of readers.


About the Visit

Cyndi is available for presentations at conferences, schools and libraries, professional development events, and PTA/family literacy nights. Below is a sample of her program offerings:

The Impact of Reading Aloud to ALL Ages: What are the benefits of reading aloud to children of all ages in today’s technology-driven society? How does reading aloud enrich vocabularies, offer students vicarious experiences, and cultivate wonder? What are the educational and personal benefits of reading aloud and how does it increase independent reading, stretch attention spans, stimulate imagination, foster critical thinking skills, improve reading comprehension, and establish a reading-writing connection?

​Literate Identities:  Boys as Readers: Parents, teachers, and librarians often lament the challenges of getting boys to read. Boys tend not to identify themselves as readers or believe reading for pleasure is masculine. Also, the reading material they prefer like comics, horror, magazines, graphic novels, and dystopian fiction are often not offered at home or in classroom and libraries. What are winning strategies for supporting boys as readers?


“Cyndi’s commitment to the importance of reading aloud is truly evident with every word she speaks. She shares how this practice enriches the lives of children, bringing joy and cultivating curiosity and wonder. Cyndi’s enthusiasm radiates across the room as she speaks. When she reads aloud all members of the audience are drawn in, savoring each line, mesmerized by the moment.”—Megan Sloan, Literacy Support Specialist, Cathcart Elementary School, Snohomish School District, WA

“With infectious energy and limitless expertise, Cyndi Giorgis leads lively and engaging sessions. Participants be they parents, teachers, or librarians will leave with greater insight and practical tips on how to support their young readers. Do yourself a favor and book her now to inspire your community!”—Scott Riley, Middle School Instructional Coach, Singapore American School

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