Author Visits

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. 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

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

School Visit Details:

Now booking 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.

What people are saying about Jasmine Toguchi.

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

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

Book signing plus a taiko demonstration by Portland Taiko!


Sunday, June 3 at 1 PM The Writer’s Loft in Sherborn, MA

Writing Diverse Characters: Debbi Michiko Florence, author of the Jasmine Toguchi chapter book series, will give an introduction to writing diverse characters, share her journey to publication as an author of color, and lead an open discussion about diversity in children’s literature. This event is free.


Sunday, June 3 at 3 PM Wellesley Books in Wellesley, MA

From Picture Books to YA: Erin Frazer Blakemore, Julie Dao, Erin Dionne, Debbi Michiko Florence, Cordelia Jensen, Jarrett Lerner, and Anna Staniszewski discuss the wide world of children’s literature


Tuesday, July 17 at 4PM  Eight Cousins in Falmouth, MA (Cape Cod)

More details to come!


Saturday, August 11 The Silver Unicorn Bookstore in Acton, MA

Joint event with author Kara LaReau. More details to come!


Sunday, August 26  Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, CA

Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper West Coast Launch! RSVP required, please contact me. More details to come!


Sunday, October 28 from 1 – 3 PM with Elm Street Books at New Canaan Library, CT

Middle Grade Author Festival! More details coming soon!