Singapore American School Visit

In January, I had the fabulous experience of spending a week visiting the Singapore American School where Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen won the student-voted Big Splash Award!

There, I spoke to 1,800 K-5th graders about Jasmine Toguchi, and I ran writing workshops on character development for 2nd-4th graders. I had a blast!

The kindergarteners, with the help of parent volunteers, made mochi!

The last day of my visit was Dress Like a Character Day, and I was touched and surprised by the many Jasmine Toguchis on campus, including the wonderful librarians, Ali, Mary, and Kate!

It was an amazing and unforgettable experience. I have so much gratitude for the Singapore American School for being amazing hosts! Thank you, all!

Readers are the best!

 

 

Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl – Cybils Award Winner

Wowee zowee! I am honored and thrilled that Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl is the Cybils Award winner for Early Chapter Books!

Many thanks to the Cybils Awards committee members and judges. And thank you to Team Toguchi – illustrator Elizabet Vukovic, editor Grace Kendall, and the marvelous people at Farrar Straus Giroux and Macmillan Kids! I am so grateful to work with such a talented team! And as always, big thanks to my agent, Tricia Lawrence! <3

New Chapter Book Series!

I’m super excited to share the news that I have a new chapter book series coming out this fall, 2019!

My Furry Foster Family (Picture Window Books/Capstone) is about an 8-year-old Japanese American girl named Kaita Takano who fosters pets with her family. There are four books in the series for 1st – 2nd graders. The books are adorably illustrated by Melanie Demmer.

I was thrilled to be working again with my editor from the Dorothy and Toto books. And given my background with pets and animals, and my degree in zoology, it was such a joy to write these books! I’m excited to share them with you!

If you happen to be a NetGalley member, you can read and review Truman the Dog. I hope you enjoy! I look forward to sharing the news when they come out later this year!

Win a Daruma for the Holidays 2018

If you’ve read Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper, you know that Jasmine and her sister Sophie receive daruma as gifts from Obaachan, their grandma in Japan. Daruma are wishing dolls. You make a wish and color in one eye of the doll, and when the wish comes true, you color in the other eye!

My husband was recently in Japan for a business trip, and he brought back daruma! Just in time for the holidays, I will be giving away five daruma to five lucky winners.

[Edited to add] DRAWING IS NOW CLOSED

Congratulations to the winners! Marion, Nora, Kristin, Josephine, and Cindy!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Proof of purchase of ANY of the four Jasmine Toguchi books. Either email me a receipt or a photo OR post a photo of you/your child/your pet with any of the Jasmine Toguchi books on social media and tag me or DM me on Twitter (@DebbiMichiko) or Instagram (@jasminetoguchi). One entry PER book per person. (So, you can enter up to 4 times.)

2. On Friday, December 14, I will draw five names. One winner per daruma. Winners will be announced here and on social media and I will reach out to get your mailing address. Daruma will be mailed out the following week!

3. Enter by midnight EST Thursday, December 13. U.S. mailing addresses only

WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN! Thank you for your participation!

Morristown Festival of Books

I had a wonderful time at the Morristown Festival Books as a presenting author of KidFest! Big thanks for the invitation and to the staff and volunteers who made it possible for book-lovers and readers to gather with authors and illustrators. Here are some of my highlights:

John Kerry and me!

William Kent Krueger, Carol Fitzgerald, and me

The evening before the book festival, I was invited to the Keynote event featuring John Kerry and Ann Curry. Big thanks to Carol Fitzgerald and her husband for the ride, and it was great to also meet mystery author Kent Krueger.

The next morning, I was escorted around the morning’s events by fabulous volunteer, Tricia. After a meet and greet with a handful of sweet young readers and their parents, I gave a 25-minute presentation to a group of enthusiastic readers. They had some great questions! After I signed books, I enjoyed walking around the festival, meeting up with friends old and new. What a great day!

Audrey Vernick, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, and me

Gigi Collins and me

Eliot Schrefer and me after our author lunch hosted by  Jockey Hollow

 

Treat or Treaters! Jasmine Toguchi for Halloween Fun

Looking for fun, kid-friendly, readerly treats to share for Halloween? Check out Trick or Treaters for a bagful of spooky and not-so-spooky fun!

(art by Kevin Atteberry)

Look for Jasmine Toguchi and a story to snatch, along with a daruma fun craft to download and share! Click on illustration below. Art by the fabulous Elizabeth Vukovic!

Happy Halloween!

 

 

Jasmine Toguchi at the L.A. Zoo!

Oh what a fabulous event at the Los Angeles Zoo! Many thanks to Robin Savoian, Associate Director Development, Safari Society for coordinating a truly spectacular morning. Thanks also to the staff, keepers (particularly senior keeper, Rose Legato), volunteers, and all the people who came out for the event!

The morning started off with a delicious breakfast as those who RSVP’d for this special donor and business partner event started trickling in. Docents arrived with education animals. Robin greeted and thanked everyone for being there, and then I read from Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper, and answered questions. Guests had the opportunity to do a craft, adopt animals at the zoo, and feed the flamingos, while I signed copies of Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper. I loved meeting readers, fans, new friends, and appreciated all my friends and family who showed up! The highlight was getting to feed the flamingos (all named after Harry Potter characters) IN the exhibit and I was able to bring my mom and daughter in with me! I think my face says it all

Book Festival Fun!

I recently had the pleasure of being a part of two fabulous book festivals! A true joy to be around swarms of people who love books and reading!

DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL

Recently, I was at the Decatur Book Festival in Georgia. The “largest independent book festival in the country,” there were booths, food, displays, and the surrounding stores were open and “book decorated.” I loved visiting The Little Shop of Stories with their friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic staff.

They threw a kidlit author party the Friday before the festival that was fabulously decorated in a Harry Potter theme (celebrating 20 years).

On Friday, August 31, I visited two amazing schools and chatted with the 2nd and 3rd graders of Westchester Elementary and Clairemont Elementary in Decatur.

On Saturday, September 1st, I enjoyed strolling around the festival and was on a panel about chapter books with Laurel Snyder (Charlie & Mouse) and Annie Barrows (Ivy & Bean), moderated by Elizabeth Lenhard. After our panel, we signed our books and I enjoyed meeting young readers!

 

BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL

On September 15, I had the pleasure of participating in the Brooklyn Book Festival on a fun panel about middle grade and chapter books with Mac Barnett (Mac B. series) and Shelley Johannes (Beatrice Zinker series), moderated by Laurel Snyder. I always love opportunities to meet other authors, and chat with fans and readers!

And yes, we had as much fun as it looked like we were having!

My next event is Nerd Camp NNE in Freeport, Maine, on September 28 – 29th. I hope to see you there!