Author Visits - Debbi Michiko Florence

Author Visits

I love visiting schools and talking to students about the writing process and books. I am also available for writing workshops.


Photo Credit: Roy Thomas

Before I became a writer, I was an outdoor educator, a classroom teacher, and the Associate Curator of Education for a zoo. I offer presentations that are fun and age appropriate. See below for more details.


Debbi was spot-on with her presentation to our students, discussing the writing process and sharing ideas with them to inspire them in their writing.  It was especially valuable for them to hear from a real life author how much revising and rewriting is done before a book gets published.  Our hard working writers, and their teachers, appreciated the lesson in perseverance.  The best proof that Debbi’s visit was a success?  Debbi’s Jasmine Toguchi books are the most requested books in the library! I love that her visit inspired both our writers and readers.   –Jill Fayan, Library Media Specialist, Jeffrey Elementary School, Madison, CT

Debbi Michiko Florence was engaging and informative! The second and third graders of Belle Sherman Elementary (a culturally & economically diverse school ) loved hearing answers to their questions about her books and writing process.  –Jennifer Groff, former Teacher Librarian at Belle Sherman, Ithaca, NY

I highly recommend Debbi Michiko’s Florence as a speaker/teacher in the classroom or at a conference. She presented a three-hour workshop on chapter books for our SCBWI group with just the right blend of useful information and hands-on activities. All of our members walked away inspired and motivated to write!   –Jody Casella, Regional Advisor, SCBWI Ohio Central South

What people are saying about Jasmine Toguchi.

My books and about me to learn more.

School Visit Details:

Now booking for Spring  and Fall 2019! (I am now fully booked for Fall 2018.)

50-minute presentation appropriate for 1st – 4th grade students.

I talk about the inspiration for Jasmine Toguchi, Japanese culture (relating to the books), and the writing process. The presentations invite students to participate in discussions and activities.

For info about workshops for writers or to book a school visit, please email me at

Upcoming Events

If you’d like signed books mailed to you, please call Bank Square Books at 860-536-3795 to order. Let them know which book/s and hardcover or paperback, and to whom you’d like them signed. There will be a small delivery charge. Thank you!


2018 Events


Sunday, August 26 at 8:30 AM

Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, CA

Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper West Coast Launch! (RSVPs collected, event now closed.)


Saturday, September 1 from 12:15 – 12:45 at the Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA

Ivy & Bean & Charlie and Mouse & Jasmine Toguchi: Panel with chapter book authors Annie Barrows, Laurel Snyder, and me (Debbi Michiko Florence) with a book signing immediately following.


Saturday, September 15 at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

More details coming soon!


Monday, October 22  CECA CASL 2018 Conference Fox Tower Conference Center at Foxwoods, Ledyard, CT

Author Palooza author signing organized by RJ Julia Booksellers


Sunday, October 28 from 1 – 3 PM in the Lamb Room at The New Canaan Library, New Canaan, CT

Middle Grade Author Festival with Elm Street Books – More details coming soon!


November 15 – 18  National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention: Raising Student Voice

Saturday, November 17 from 12:30 – 1:45 PM Panel Presentation

Every Student Has A Story: Using #OwnVoices Literature to Empower All Student Voices with Celia Perez, Kelly Starling Lyons, Jenny Seiler, and Aliza Werner (also moderating).  Room 372 B

Saturday, November 17 from 4:15 – 5:30 PM Panel Presenation

Asian American Stories and Voices: Not All the Same with Andrea Wang, Axie Oh, and Veera Hiranandani, moderated by Dr. Jung Kim.  Room 332 D