Yukon author offers possible Christmas shopping options

Una Belle Townsend features books at Saturday’s fall craft festival

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Yukon children’s author Una Bell Townsend will feature some of her 11 published books this Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Pumpkin Harvest Craft Festival in Yukon. Her books teach tolerance, patience and teamwork to readers ages 5-12 years. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

An award-winning Yukon author will have her published works on display this Saturday in Yukon – just in time for some holiday shopping.

Una Belle Townsend, who has written 11 books, will be featured at the Pumpkin Harvest Craft from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Jackie Cooper Gym, 1024 E Main.

Her children’s books make ideal Christmas gifts, teaching young readers tolerance, patience and teamwork.

And early holiday shoppers can rest assured – she doesn’t have any supply chain issues!

“Parents and grandparents want good books for their children to read,” Townsend said. “These are all ‘comfortable’ books to read.

“Children ages 5-12 years would enjoy any of these books. They really like them. I don’t use ‘big’ words.”

Townsend’s best seller is her first book, “Grady’s in the Silo,” published in 2003.

It’s based on a true story that’s an important part of Yukon folklore – when a 1,200-pound Hereford cow got stuck in a silo on the Mach farm back in 1949.

“Grady’s in the Silo” is a unique tale overflowing with Midwest charm and a rural sensibility.

“People love it around here and ‘Ag in the Classroom’ uses it as part of their curriculum,” Townsend related. “It’s sold about 8,500 copies.”

Townsend’s second-best seller is “Toby and the Secret Code,” which has sold some 6,500 copies.

Her latest published work, “Blazers Taxi,” has already sold around 900 copies since coming out in 2020.

She’s now featuring her 2019 book, “Ben and the Missing Pony,” along with “Toby and the Secret Code” during Native American Month in November.

Townsend’s other books are “Scanner”, “Racecar Driver’s Night Before Christmas,” “Oklahoma Land Run,” “The Great Elephant Escape,” “Sunset and Haiku,” “Clancy,” and “Scanner and the Icky Sticky Gum”.

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OKLAHOMA AND ANIMALS

Townsend writes a lot about Oklahoma and animals in her picture books – topics she knows kids like. She’s also penned two poetry books.

All her books feature illustrations. Yukon’s Vickie Kastl illustrated both “Clancy” and “Blazers Taxi.”

The highly acclaimed Yukon author spent 32 years at a teacher and librarian at schools in Marshall, Texas; McAlester, Yukon, and Riverside.

“If they love horses, history and Oklahoma, they’ll love my books,” she said. “Those were the books I couldn’t keep on my shelves when I was a librarian.”

Townsend will be on hand at Saturday’s Yukon fall craft festival to talk about all 11 books. Is there a 12th on the horizon?

“I’m working on some new books but have no contracts at this point,” she said.

Townsend has worked with three publishing companies, Pelican Press in New Orleans, La., Doodle and Peck Publishing in Yukon and SFA Press in Nacogdoches, Texas.

To order any of her books, stop by the craft festival or e-mail the author at unabelle1@gmail.com.

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