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Una Belle Townsend is the award-winning author of the Pelican titles Racecar Driver's Night Before Christmas and Grady's in the Silo, winner of the 2004 Oklahoma Book Award and a 2004 IRA/CBC Children's Choice selection. Townsend has won a variety of writing and teaching awards, among them the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom teacher of the year and Oklahoma Celebration of Reading best teacher's essay. She has three times been named Teacher of the Year at Riverside Elementary in El Reno, Oklahoma, where she works as the library media specialist/Title I reading teacher.
Emile Henriquez is a graduate of John McCrady Art School, the premier New Orleans art academy in its heyday. He was a faculty member at the New Orleans Art Institute, and teaches varied art courses at New Orleans Metropolitan College, Delgado Community College, and two elementary schools in the parochial school system in New Orleans. He also teaches specialized courses in Slidell, Louisiana, where he resides. Henriquez's other Pelican titles include The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer's Story and the popular D.J. Series.