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Chrysa Smith

I'm a mom, magazine contributor and full-time children's author for kids from 6-9. With almost eight books in my portfolio, I have lots of fun with four-legged friends in The Adventures of the Poodle Posse and Once upon a Poodle, and with a stubborn city girl in The Upside-Down Gardener. 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 pretty 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 entire process.


Teacher/Librarian Presentation

An Authors Journey. Specially designed for teachers and librarians, I walk through my experience coming from corporate marketing to freelance writer, then children's author.

Chrysa Smith

45 Minute Program

Writing for Children/Adult Audience Only

A program geared for adults who are interested in writing for children. What you need to know about the creative process, selling process, marketing and more. Includes hand-out.

Chrysa Smith

30 Minute Program

Children's At-Home Special Program

What if the author reads a book directly to you? Perfect! Reading from one of my books: Once upon a Poodle (for PrekK-1), The Upside-Down Gardener, The Adventures of the Poodle Posse series (for grades 1-3), plus a visual tell-tale about where I got my ideas. Includes a dedicated book for your child!

Chrysa Smith

30 Minute Program

Once upon a Poodle/PreK-1st Grade School Program

How to tickle little kiddos? Funny, endearing dog tales. I share how authors get ideas (including pics of my pooches at home) author/illustrator roles and tell the story of Once upon a Poodle. The story is of special interest to growing families, as one mini-poo searches for a new brother. Discount book sales are part of the program.

Chrysa Smith

30 Minute Program

Telling Tales/Grades 1-3 School Program

How do you get to the root of what moves each of us? I have kiddos tune into what interests and excites them, then talk about how my life , experiences and interests are all rolled into my stories. They find it very cool, while thinking about how this applies to them---while learning about how to improve their 'authoring' skills in school and…

Chrysa Smith

45 Minute Program

I'm a mom, magazine contributor and full-time children's author for kids from 6-9. With almost eight books in my portfolio, I have lots of fun with four-legged friends in The Adventures of the Poodle Posse and Once upon a Poodle, and with a stubborn city girl in The Upside-Down Gardener.

My stories are a true mix of my reality and my fantasy, weaving segments of my life and personality into some magical tales. But it wasn't always this way. I like to tell people my path was a crooked one, but one that had to be taken to be where I am today. My background lies in the corporate world and the Publishing Industry. But my creative side kept tugging at me. So when the magazine articles were complete, I turned my attention to my mini-poodles. They were doing the most mischievous things and I had never before realized it. Dastardly? Absolutely. And funny. And worthy of capturing in the written word.

The Adventures of the Poodle Posse was born. B/W illustrations compliment mysteries, adventures and holiday tales, which contain related activities in the books for complete units. The Upside-Down Gardener is based on a gardening experiment gone awry, when I began to call myself an upside-down gardener. It gave me inspiration to introduce tough little Dory Oslo--a baseball player with a strong personality. A little magic intersects with her imagination in this tale that teaches about growth and change. It has received wide praise from The Children's Book Review, Mom's Choice Awards, Midwest Book Review, master gardeners and young readers.

Presently, A Grand Slam Birthday is in production, where Dory Oslo takes the center stage again---or should I say center field? A boring party turns into one bundle of baseball, with an unlikely lesson about giving things a try.


I spend a great deal of time writing, but I have found that another love is spending time with young readers, inspiring them to keep telling tales of their own.

Check out Chrysa online:

The Upside-Down Gardener

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Once upon a Poodle

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The Adventures of the Poodle Posse/The Case of the Missing Steak Bone

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The Adventures of the Poodle Posse/No Dogs Allowed

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The Adventures of the Poodle Posse/Creepy Tails!

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The Adventures of the Poodle Posse/Trouble Down Under

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The Adventures of the Poodle Posse/A Very Merry, Mixed-Up Christmas

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