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.

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

Girl’s Day Celebration – Details coming soon!


Saturday, April 7, at 1:00 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.