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 will be on the faculty at the Highlights Foundation in 2019.


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

What people are saying about Jasmine Toguchi.

My books and about me to learn more.

School Visit Details:

Now booking for Fall 2019! (I am now fully booked for Spring 2019.)

Fifty-minute presentation appropriate for 1st – 4th grade students. Writing workshop for grades 4-6.

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 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!


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

Saturday, March 23  KidLitCon Providence, Rhode Island

10:00 – 10:50 AM  Don’t Forget the Chapter Books Panel with Kara LaReau, David A. Kelly,  and Megan Frazer Blakemore, moderated by Jarrett Lerner

4:15 – 6:00 PM  Book signing and speed critiques


Friday – Sunday, May 3 – 5   New England SCBWI Conference  Springfield, Massachusetts

The Golden Brick Road: Paving Your Way to Success 

Where to find me:

Saturday 3:30 – 4:20 Panel: Exploring Paths Less Traveled w Nancy Castaldo, Sera Rivers, K.R. Conway, Christy Mihaly, Carrie Finison, and John Sandford.

Saturday 4:30 to 5:30 Faculty Book Signing

Sunday 9: 45 – 11:45 Workshop: Crafting Chapter Books

Registration opens on Sunday, March 17 at 6:30 pm (EST).


Friday – Sunday, May 17 – 19  Andrea Brown Literary Agency Big Sur Cape Cod Children’s Writing Workshop, Cape Cod, MA

I’m on the faculty along with amazing agents, editors, and authors.


Monday – Thursday, June 17 – 20  Highlights Foundation Writing First Chapter Books and Early Readers Workshop – Guest Presenter  Milanville, PA

Register here!


Wednesday, July 10  Jackson Hole Writers Kid’s Writing Camp Jackson Hole, WY


Friday – Sunday, September 13 – 15  Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellowship in Children’s Literature – Mentor  Milanville, PA

Applications accepted March 15 – April 15