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 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

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


Now booking for Spring 2018!

50-minute interactive 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 provide materials for activities for students to take home or use in the classroom.

I also offer Zoom/Skype visits.

Please inquire for more information about flexible rates and availability. I look forward to hearing from you!

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!



Saturday, November 4 nErD Camp Long Island NY


NCTE Convention in St Louis, MO

Friday, November 17 at 4:30 PM

I will be signing copies of Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen and Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth at the Macmillan booth.

Saturday, November 18  at 10:30 – 11:45 AM

Room 103

Girl Power in Our Own Voice: Multicultural Authors on Mirrors, Windows, and Empowering Young Readers with F. Isabel Campoy, Debbi Michiko Florence, Sundee Frazier, Andrea Wang, and moderated by Emma Otheguy.


Saturday, December 2 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM Savoy Books and Cafe in Westerly, RI

Holiday Gift Guide Book Signing with author Kara LeReau


Thursday, December 7 at 4:30 PM  RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT

Learn about Japanese New Year traditions and have some mochi! I’ll also read from Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen, answer questions, and sign books


2018 Events

Saturday, March 3 at 11:00 AM  Newtonville Books in Newton, MA

Girl’s Day Celebration – Details coming next year!