Author Visits and Events

I love visiting schools and talking to students about books and the writing process.

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 and writing workshops that are informative, fun, and age appropriate.

I have visited students around the country, including California, Oregon, Wisconsin, Maryland, and New York. I even spent a week talking with readers in Singapore! In addition to school and library visits, I have given workshops to kids and adults, and I am on the faculty at the Highlights Foundation.

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photo credit Roy Thomas

“Debbi’s visit to our school was very well-received by all the K-4th grade teachers and students.  Teachers described her presentation as ‘Engaging.’ ‘She kept the attention of the students.’  ‘Fantastic!’ Debbi’s presentations were spot on at each grade level.  I strongly recommend Debbi Michiko Florence to any school interested in a delightful author presentation.”

–Joy Blongewicz, Teacher-Librarian, Marion Cross Elementary School, Norwich, VT

“I highly recommend Debbi Michiko 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

“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 is a warm, engaging, and educational presenter. She was creative with her presentation and involved the group with an educational activity that the students loved. She was a favorite of both the students and the educators who attended the program. We’ll always invite her back!”

–Allison Escoto, Head Librarian, The Center for Fiction, Brooklyn, NY

Upcoming Events

Thank you to everyone who hosted me and attended my events in 2019. It was a joy to meet readers! So far this year, I’m looking forward to visiting schools in California, Connecticut, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Color of Children’s Literature Conference 
Barnard College, New York, NY

Panel: On Chapter Books and Early Readers with Susan Muaddi Darraj, Debbi Michiko Florence, Andrea Rogers & Renee Watson; moderated by Joanna Cárdenas

Book Signing

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Wordplay Book Festival 
Minneapolis, MN

More details coming soon!


Sunday, May 17, 2020 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Keep It Together, Keiko Carter Launch Party at Bank Square Books
53 W. Main Street Mystic CT

In conversation with author Jo Knowles to celebrate the launch of my middle grade debut, Keep It Together, Keiko Carter.

More details to come!

Sunday, May 31, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Tea and Tales
Bluebird London NYC
10 Columbus Circle New York, NY

Hosted by Books of Wonder, this ticketed event brings authors together with children and their families.

More details coming soon!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Bronx Book Festival

More details coming soon!

Wednesday, June 17 – Saturday, June 20, 2020

Faculty, Developing a Series in Chapter Books 
Highlights Foundation Milanville, PA

Discover how to craft a chapter book series that stands out and sells well. Learn how to make your series familiar and relatable. Learn what editors are looking for in a chapter book series. Find out how to submit a chapter book series to editors and agents. Get a one-to-one feedback on your first 10-pages and on the series overview document.

Special Guest: Jennifer Laughran (Senior Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency)

Additional Faculty announcement coming soon!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 7:30 - 8:15 AM

Scholastic Reading Summit 
Philadelphia, PA

Guest Author Booktalks and Breakfast with John Schu


Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, 2020

Nisei Week appearances in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

More details coming soon!

Friday, October 2 – Monday, October 5, 2020

Guest Presenter, Contemporary Novels: Sweet, Sophisticated, & Their Storylines
Highlights Foundation Milanville, PA

Explore using memorable characters, loads of heart, and a healthy dollop of humor to create contemporary novels. Discover the plot points needed to lead your readers to the heart of your sweet & sophisticated story. Learn how to create a compelling first chapter. Craft a realistic voice for your protagonist. Hone in on the essential elements that will make your story shine. Have a one-to-one faculty critique of up to your first ten pages.

Faculty: Siobhan Vivian (NYT bestselling YA author), Kat Brzozowski (Senior Editor at Swoon Read/Feiwel & Friends)