Christina Nicole Smith, Award-Winning Children's Author and Speaker
Literary catalyst inspiring a love for reading in children as a means to promote their self-growth and self-awareness
Christina Smith is an entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, and Multi-award-winning children's book author of Joseph's Journey: When Dad Left and Never Came Back; her first picture book.
Born and raised in the Bay Area in California, she grew up in a house with 3 children, WITHOUT the white picket fence and dog! However, there was lots of love and laughs to go around. When she was about 10 years old, she thought she was going to be the "next coming" of Whoopi Goldberg! Well, "life happened" and "that" did NOT happen, but in 2014 she was able to cross ONE ITEM off her bucket list and perform stand-up comedy in front of a live audience.
She’s the proud mother of two children. Some of Christina's favorite things to enjoy are: the local library, a gluten-free/dairy-free pizza from Blaze’s, a good laugh, good company and good music!
Christina is a certified graduate/alumnus of certified professional speaker/author George Ramirez' "Present with Purpose" (2008) and two-time student of his "The Miracle in the Mirror" programs. She has received a Certificate of Recognition from California State Assembly in Honor of Graduating from the Women's Initiative for Self-Employment and dedication to empowering the quality of her life and her community (2007).
Additionally, she is a student of Certified Rebirthing-Breathwork Practitioner, Iris Nelson. She holds an Associate degree in Legal Administration/Paralegal Studies from Heald Business College.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:
The most important message in Joseph’s Journey is teaching a child to become aware of and utilize their power to choose in order to create what they want to experience daily. A “fancy” way of describing this concept is “social and emotional intelligence."
In the book, Joseph shares his experience with the reader of when he was first taught that he had the power to do this when his father stopped coming to visit him.
Not all children are experiencing what Joseph does in the book, but that’s also the beauty in sharing this message with all children. So, they too can learn tools on how to deal with difficult emotional situations by following Joseph on his journey.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:
There is no better teacher than personal experience and personal life experience has shaped me into an authority about my book. Joseph’s Journey is a non-fiction, juvenile literary work, as Joseph is my son, and this is his story. To cultivate the words to share with Joseph about his father being absent, I had to learn, practice, and apply social and emotional skills to transform a difficult situation into an opportunity to learn and grow. Over the span of 9 years, I’ve worked with mentors and accountability coaches, attended workshops, utilized different healing modalities (introduced to me by my sister) that assisted in transforming past hurts, went to counseling, etc.
I am confident in my ability to share social and emotional learning concepts with different age groups in an inspirational, simple, non-judgmental way.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
I tailor each speaking engagement or school visit to fit the particular age group or demographic I will be visiting.
For events intended for adults, topics will be geared towards (slide presentations are available, depending upon equipment provided):
- An introduction to self-publishing This is the most requested topic of discussion.
- I’ve had the difficult talk with my child about their absentee father, now what?
- How can I support a mother dealing with an absent father situation?
- How can I support a father struggling with being absent in their child(ren)’s lives?
For school visits:
- Use of visual aids (depending upon media equipment availability)/and real artwork.
- Read excerpts from the book.
- Class Activities that promote SEL (social/emotional learning).
- I ask questions to promote participation and engagement.
- I always give out gifts like stickers or armbands.
- I donate books to libraries of all TITLE I schools.
- Sometimes, I bring my son, Joseph, so the students will know he is a real person. He may read excerpts and also be available for any questions students may have.
Less than 5 appearances
Willing to travel