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!

1st through 5th grade: One hour presentation focusing on Jasmine Toguchi books, the writing process, diversity in literature, and/or Japanese culture.

I also offer 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, September 9 at 2:30 PM Children’s Book World, Los Angeles, CA

Joint event with author Debby Garfinkle – Readings, Q&A, and book signing.


Tuesday, September 12 at 6 PM Books Inc., Laurel Village (San Francisco), CA

Joint event with author Jill Diamond, where we chat about Girl Power in our books.

Q & A and book signing to follow!

If you’d like hardcover versions of my books, please call the store ahead of time to order to guarantee availability at the event. Thank you!


Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30 PM    Trident Booksellers and Cafe, Boston MA

Author Panel with Tara Dairman, Jen Malone, Ammi-Joan Paquette, Katie Slivensky, and moderated by Dana Levy.

Come meet five kidlit authors and learn more about their newest books! Featuring mystery, fantasy, science fiction, foodie fiction, and one story co-written by six different authors, this panel has something sure to appeal to every chapter-book and middle-grade reader.


Saturday, October 28 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM Pao Arts Center, Boston MA

Meet the Authors Debbi Michiko Florence and Susan Tan

Children’s book authors Susan Tan and Debbi Michiko Florence introduce their heroines, Cilla Lee-Jenkins and Jasmine Toguchi, in this family-friendly book reading with fun hands-on activities.


Saturday, November 4 nErD Camp Long Island NY


Saturday, November 18  at 10:30 – 11:45 AM NCTE Convention in St Louis, MO

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 Monica Brown.


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