So who is Chrysa Smith? Let’s see– I’ve been writing freelance magazine features for over 20 years–on everything from celebrity chefs and resorts to homing pigeons and pot-bellied pigs. In return,  I not only received  bylines  in magazines such as Pool & Spa Living, Bucks County Magazine, Philly Style, Design NJ, The Cooperator and others, I gained invaluable experiences—both in writing and learning about people, places and things. With a Mom’s Choice Silver Medal for excellence in Juvenile Fiction, a top pick on Amazon Children’s Bookshelf and an endorsement from The Dove Foundation, I’m well-versed in both fiction and non-fiction writing.

Awards and Recognition

Mom's Choice Award Winner

The Case of the Missing Steak Bone/Who Let the Dogs Out & Once upon a Poodle.

The Dove Foundation Endorsement

Trouble Down Under

Praise from the Midwest Book Review

“A different kind of gardening story, The Upside-Down Gardener offers a standout from any other picture book about young gardeners. It is an exceptional read that links the effort to grow plants to a broader discussion of growing new ideas, objectives and approaches to life. A top recommendation for elementary-level collections looking for a creative approach to problem-solving that uses gardening as a springboard for achievement and positive approaches to life itself.”

Once upon a Poodle‘ will lend particularly well to parental read-aloud. Colorful illustrations capture the fun personalities and events as Woody experiences a wide range of potential brother candidates, and kids will relish the lively, positive story of a little dog who holds on to hope and never gives up.”      -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review