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 Costco Connection, 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.

In between writing assignments, I began watching my poodles. Turns out, they were having a grand old time, without me noticing much of it. When a steak bone was stolen, that was it. A comedy of errors within my walls, I took pen to paper and began capturing the antics. With a few children’s writing classes under my belt, I penned my first story, The Case of the Missing Steak Bone. That set the stage for a new gig—writing for children.

With a few Mom’s Choice awards for excellence in Juvenile Fiction, a top pick on Amazon Children’s Bookshelf, great reviews from The Children’s Book Review and Midwest Book Review, and an endorsement from The Dove Foundation, I’m immersed in children’s literature. And as much as I love writing kids tales, I love spending time in classrooms talking to them about the whole nine yards.

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