Tall Tale Talk--Phoebe Clappsaddle

This includes the storytelling of the first  Phoebe Clappsaddle book, Phoebe Clappsaddle and the Tumbleweed Gang. Afterward, there is a small demonstration of stationary roping, history of the lariat and the cowboy hat.

Also, Q & A, if time allows.

Chachalaca Chiquita

Telling of my book, Chachalaca Chiquita. Six members of the audience assist with bird calls. Information about the real Texas animals is presented at the end. PowerPoint program of book pages is available for audience to view during presentation.

Texas Ranger History is Texas History

Using a PowerPoint presentation and referencing my book, Lone Star Legacy: The Texas Rangers Then and Now, the audience is taken through Texas Ranger events, 1823 to today. The stories, aligned with US and world timelines are amazing; always.  Also, Q & A, if time allows.

What's Out There? --Space Science

Combining research for six seven books and a magazine article, this presentations covers, NASA's astronaut training on the Weightless Wonder (the "Vomit Comet"), The Hubble Space Telescope, and our Solar System.  This can be geared anyway a teacher would like; one planet or the moon, for Kindergartners or everything listed and a Q & A.

Pulling A Story out of the air

This is a student writing workshop. It teaches an outline for a first-first draft. It also helps the young writer get over the jitters of writing a story. The key here, is to take the whole class through the process of creating a first draft. This gives the students the tools to make the jump and the giggle to overcome the fear. It takes 60 minutes. Handouts are available.

Skype Visit

This can be a version of one of these other presentations or a "meet the author; Q & A."  We will design it together.

The Best Chili in Any Territory

PHoebe Clappsaddle's Chili Recipe

PHoebe Clappsaddle's Chili Recipe

PHoebe Clappsaddle's Chili Recipe


Phoebe made her chili "flame-thrower hot." You can make it as mild or hot as you like it. It is my mother's recipe so you know it is good.

read, write, learn, laugh

PHoebe Clappsaddle's Chili Recipe

PHoebe Clappsaddle's Chili Recipe

click here to download recipe

chili recipe

chili_recipe (pdf)


My favorite schools-- these were my favorite schools from each year


Barbara Bush Elementary, Houston ISD, Houston TX

Barbie Miller, librarian


John Stewart Elementary, Kaneland School District, Elburn, IL

Natalie Smith, first grade teacher/instructional coach


Westview School, Houston, TX

Teresa Taeger, librarian


Giddings Elementary, Giddings ISD, Giddings, TX

Sunshine Anderson, librarian

2014: A tie!
East Elementary, Hallsville ISD, Hallsville TX

Rhonda McKinney, librarian
North Elementary, Hallsville ISD, Hallsville TX Melissa Garrison, librarian


Holland Elementary, Brevard CS, Satellite Beach, FL
Viviene Wittock, Media Specialist;

Judy Vizzini, First Grade Teacher


J. Elrod Elementary, Northside ISD, San Antonio, TX
Diane Colvin, librarian


Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic School,  Houston, TX
Shelley James, librarian


Sugar Hill Elementary, Gwinnett CSD, Buford, GA
Tammy Smith, media specialist


Arnold Mill Elementary, Cherokee SD, Woodstock, GA
Jacqui Zaski, media specialist


Frank Macias Elementary, Clint SD) El Paso, TX
Ann Sawyer, librarian


South Columbus Elementary, Muscogee CS Columbus, GA
Mary Fisher, librarian


North Oaks Elementary, Round Rock ISD Austin, TX
Yvonne Fuller, librarian


Grace Hill Elementary, Rogers Schools Rogers, AR
Jennie Brook Rehl, principal


Chamberlain Elementary, Chamberlain, SD
Jeff Tveit, 3rd grade teacher


Bang Elementary,Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Houston, TX
Ruth Weismann, librarian


Patterson Elementary, Houston ISD, Houston,TX 

Mindy Armstrong, assistant principal