Author Visits

I love visiting schools and talking to students about the writing process and books.


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 and economically diverse school in Ithaca, NY) loved hearing answers to their questions about her books and writing process.

–Jennifer Groff, former Teacher Librarian at Belle Sherman, Ithaca, NY

Please click on my books and about me to learn more.


Now booking for Spring 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.

I also offer Zoom/Skype visits.

What people are saying.

To book or for more info, please contact me.

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

Saturday March 17 Denver, CO

Children’s Festival of Stories – Festival for all ages,  featuring children’s authors & illustrators, celebrating story and the joy of reading!


Saturday April 7 Kweli Journal’s The Color of Children’s Literature Conference New York, NY

Full day conference highlighting and educating children’s book creators of color and Native creators. Keynote by award winning author Angela Johnson and featuring authors, illustrators, and industry professionals.

I will be on a panel On and On: Creating Chapter Books and Early Middle Grade Series. Featuring: Zetta Elliott, author of Dragons in a Bag; Debbi Michiko Florence, author of Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl; Veera Hiranandani, author of Phoebe G. Green; Kelly Starling Lyons, author of Jada Jones: Rock Star and Jada Jones: Class Act; moderated by Weslie Turner, Assistant Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic Inc.

Registration is currently open.


Sunday April 8 at 3:00 PM Savoy Bookshop & Cafe in Westerly, RI

Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl launch party! Come celebrate the release of book 3 in the Jasmine Toguchi series with a demonstration by the taiko group Odaiko New England. Take a picture with Jasmine Toguchi and make up your own taiko drummer pose. Book sale and signing to follow.


Friday – Sunday April 20 – 22  New England SCBWI Annual Conference in Springfield, MA

Co-presenting two workshops with editor, Grace Kendall:

A Discussion on Writing Diverse Characters

Writing a Chapter Book Series

I will also be signing books at this annual conference for children’s writers and illustrators.


Saturday May 5 at 10:30 AM  Ohio Central and South SCBWI in Columbus, OH

Three-hour workshop on Crafting Chapter Books.

Registration is now open.


Saturday May 26 at 1 PM Green Bean Books in Portland, OR

Book signing. More details to come!