Author Visits and Appearances

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


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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. In addition to classroom and library visits, I have presented workshops for SCBWI, have been on panels at NCTE, the Decatur Book Festival, Brooklyn Book Festival, and the Morristown Festival of Books. I am on the faculty at the Highlights Foundation.


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 is a warm, engaging, and educational presenter. She was creative with her presentation and involved the group with an educational activity that the students loved. She was a favorite of both the students and the educators who attended the program. We’ll always invite her back! –Allison Escoto, Head Librarian, The Center for Fiction, Brooklyn 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.

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School Visit Details:

Now booking for Spring 2020. Fifty-minute presentation appropriate for 1st – 4th grade students. Writing workshop for grades 4-7.

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

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Thank you to everyone who hosted me and attended my events in 2018! It was a joy to meet readers! I hope to see you in the new year!

2019 Events

Wednesday, July 10  Jackson Hole Writers Kid’s Writing Camp Jackson Hole, WY


Saturday, July 27 from 9 AM to 3 PM  Nisei Week Baby Show, Jodoshu Temple, Los Angeles, CA

I’ll be judging (!) the Baby Show. There will be book sales of Jasmine Toguchi and I will be available to chat and to sign books.


Friday, August 9 – Monday, August 12  Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Summer Conference Los Angeles, CA

Where to find me –  Friday, August 9 at 11:15 AM  Workshop: Crafting Chapter Book Series: From Idea to Publication

Sunday August 11, Panel: Creating Memorable Main Characters for a Book Series with Ben Clayton, Bruce Hale, Lisa Yee and moderated by Matt Ringler.

Registration opens on April 25!


Thursday, August 15 at 6:00 PM – My Furry Foster Family book launch party in partnership with Save One Soul Animal Rescue League at Savoy Bookshop and Cafe, Westerly, RI

Come celebrate the launch of my newest early chapter book series, My Furry Foster Family – about 8-year-old Kaita Takano who fosters pets with her family. Save One Soul Animal Rescue League will also be in attendance with dogs to adopt and to talk about the importance of fostering. Savoy Bookshop and Cafe will be generously donating 20% of the book sales to Save One Soul so please come to help me celebrate and help dogs in need of homes! Hope to see you there!


Friday – Sunday, September 13 – 15  Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellowship in Children’s Literature – Mentor  Milanville, PA


Sunday, October 13  International Literacy Association Annual Conference New Orleans, LA

1:15 – 3:15 PM Author Meetup: Fast-paced, high-energy sessions that offer attendees a chance to meet 10 established and up-and-coming authors in a small-group session.

3:30 – 4:00 PM Book Signing


Sunday, October 20 at 2 PM  The Silver Unicorn Bookstore Acton MA

Book signing for My Furry Foster Family. More details to come!


Friday – Sunday, October 25 – 27  Surrey International Writers’ Conference  Surrey B.C. Canada

Where to find me:

Friday, October 25 at 10 AM  – Workshop Critique Groups and Writing Partners 

Friday, October 25 at 2:15 PM – Panel Writing the Real World: Diversity in Fiction

Saturday, October 26 at 10 AM – Panel Writing for Kids of All Ages

Saturday, October 26 at 3:45 PM – Workshop Crafting Chapter Books


Saturday, November 2 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM  nErD Camp Long Island  James H Boyd Intermediate School Huntington, NY

More details to come!


Saturday, November 9  Western New York Children’s Book Expo Buffalo, NY

More details to come!


Thursday, November 22 NCTE Annual Convention Baltimore MD

Panel at 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Room 330 – Sparking an Early Love for Reading in All Students With Own Voices Chapter Books   Christina Soontornvat, Angela Dominguez, Debbi Michiko Florence, Hena Khan, Kelly Starling Lyons  Moderated by Kate Messner