What People Are Saying…

Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen and Jasmine Toguchi Super Sleuth are now available for purchase! I’m giddy that Jasmine is making her way into the hands of readers – kid readers!

Here are a few lists and interviews of me/Jasmine Toguchi:

On Emu’s Debuts: Interview with Jasmine Toguchi editor, Grace Kendall

On Alphabet Soup: Chatting with Debbi Michiko Florence about Jasmine Toguchi

On Chicago Public Library’s Best Fiction for Younger Readers of 2017

On Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2017

On Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books of Kids List (2017)

A 2017 Nerdy Book Club Award Winner

On Washington Post: These Books Can Help Build Strong Girls – and Boys – for Today’s World

On Clever Cookstr podcast: Why Mochi is the Perfect Dessert for Kids

On Kirby Larson’s Blog for Friend Friday: 10 Things about Jasmine Toguchi and Me

On Romper: 16 Books For Kids That Challenge Gender Stereotypes and Open Their Minds

On Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook: new transitional chapter book series

On Pragmatic Mom: Recognizing Children’s Books for #AAPIHeritageMonth

On 100 Scope Notes: 1o to Note Summer Preview 2017

On Amazon’s Summer Book Club: New Favorite Series for Kids

On Read Brightly: 17 New Authors of Color Writing Writing Much-Needed Stories for Kids

On Chris Barton’s Blog: an interview with me “I hope I wasn’t the mean cousin Eddie…” 

On Flowering Minds, Children’s Book Review Site: Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen plus Interview

On John Valeri’s Blog: Child Culture: Debbi Michiko Florence on Jasmine Toguchi

On Little Crooked Corner: Summer Reading Picks

On KateOnKidsBooks: book review

On Read It Real Good: book review

On Mom Read It: book review

On School Library Journal: SLJ’s June 2017 Popular Picks

On Elizabeth O. Dulemba’s blog: My Journey


And what trade reviews are saying about Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen:

“Florence paints a lovely picture of a warm, extended family whose members truly care about one another and take each other seriously. New readers thirsty for series fiction will look forward to more stories about Jasmine and her family.” –Kirkus Reviews 

“Florence introduces readers to a bright character who is grappling with respecting authority while also forging her own path. This first entry nicely balances humor with the challenges of growing up; readers will devour it.”School Library Journal

“Florence warmly traces Jasmine’s efforts to get strong (and fast), her clashes and tender moments with her family, and the ins and outs of making mochi (a recipe is included). Vukovic’s b&w spot illustrations evoke Japanese Sumi-e painting while playfully capturing Jasmine’s willfulness and her family’s closeness.”Publisher’s Weekly

“…an adorable and heartwarming story about a kid who wants to feel special and do something first for once, along with a nice overview of a Japanese New Year celebration.”Booklist

This first in the series handily introduces a plucky, strong-willed girl whose family traditions may be new to many readers but whose frustrations will be familiar to nearly all.”The Horn Book

“The Toguchi family’s warmth and affection for one another will leave readers eager to spend more time with them.”Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Plus, I’m thrilled to share that Mochi Queen is a Junior Library Guild selection for September 2017!


Thank you for letting me share my joy and excitement here! Please check out my Visit & Events page for information about my upcoming appearances. If I show up near you, I’d love to meet you!