Cyndi Giorgis is a professor of children's and young adult literature and Director of Teacher Preparation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College 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 numerous committees for awards such as the Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, and the Orbis Picture Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for children. Cyndi is a frequent presenter at conferences.
I learned the benefits of being read aloud to as a child in Rock Springs, WY. I probably was one of the few of my generation where my father, an avid reader, would spend evenings reading aloud the newspaper and getting me involved in the story, trying to understand what was going on and what would happen next.
It might surprise some to know he was a mechanic, not an educator or a white-collar worker. His level of intelligence and ability to converse with others was extraordinary. I believe so much of that came from his love to read.