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Francenia Emery, author of THAT'S ME! THAT'S YOU! THAT'S US! is founder and Executive Director of The Multicultural Resource Center (TMRC) in Philadelphia. She is also a former teacher, Dean of Instruction and principal who has supervised the development and implementation of curricula for school districts as well as national organizations, such as Foundations, Inc. and Pearl S. Buck International Foundations, Inc.

She is currently serving a third 4-year term on the 12 -member Governor's Advisory Council for the Development of Libraries in Pennsylvania. She was recently appointed by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, to serve on his 10-member Working Group on the revision of Pennsylvania Standards for Educational Leadership.

Francenia Emery serves on several boards, including the advisory board of the "Multicultural Review" and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the awards for outstanding community service from the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission and the Northwest Interfaith Movement. She is one of ten Philadelphians selected for the exhibit entitled, "Philadelphia All-Stars," which was on display at the Free library of Philadelphia. She is also an inductee into the "Hall of Fame" of the Germantown Historical Society in Philadelphia.

In recognition of her contributions to the education of children and youth, Francenia has received awards from many organizations, including: the Philadelphia Chapter of the International Reading Association, the Pennsylvania Association of School Librarians, and the Philadelphia Schoolmen's Club.

An associate faculty member of the Multicultural Training and Research Institute at Temple University and former instructor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Emery frequently lectures and conducts professional development in cultural proficiency at {for} universities, school districts, and library systems.

Fran, a devoted mother and grandparent, continues to encourage talented young people to pursue careers in the writing, illustration and design of children's books