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.


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. 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’s visit to our school was very well-received by all the K-4th grade teachers and students.  Teachers described her presentation as “Engaging.” “She kept the attention of the students.”  “Fantastic!”  Debbi’s presentations were spot on at each grade level.  I strongly recommend Debbi Michiko Florence to any school interested in a delightful author presentation.  –Joy Blongewicz, Teacher-Librarian, Marion Cross Elementary School, Norwich, VT

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. Presentations appropriate for grades K- 4. Writing workshop for grades 3-7.

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 more info or to book a school visit, contact 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

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

Morning Session Panel Equity Through Empathy

Part of the Equity in Education Program at ILA 2019, this session, led by Chad Everett and Tricia Ebarvia, connects literature for children of all ages to social-emotional learning and creating a more equitable classroom.

Featuring India Hill Brown, Debbi Michiko Florence, Kyle Lukoff, Kwame Mbalia, Matt Mendez, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Kashmira Sheth, and Traci Sorell

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

Animal and book lovers, come join me! I will be talking about My Furry Foster Family, my newest chapter book series, and my experience with animals. I will also be happy to answer questions and sign books. I’m thrilled to be joined by the dog and cat rescue organization, Buddy the Dog. Proceeds from sales will be donated to Buddy the Dog!


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 21  White Marsh Library  8133 Sandpiper Cir, White Marsh, MD

7:00 PM  Presentation and Q&A at the library where I’ll talk about Jasmine Toguchi, writing, and books!


Friday, 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


Saturday, November 23  Baltimore Library Presentations

10:00 AM  Owings Mill Library   10302 Grand Central Ave. Owings Mills, MD

1:00 PM   Arbutus Library   855 Sulphur Spring Rd, Arbutus, MD

3:30 PM   North Point Library   1716 Merritt Blvd. Dundalk MD