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.

For more information and to book presentations/workshops:


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

Wow, 2020 was a year. The last in-person visit I did was in early March to South Carolina before the full impact of the pandemic was upon us. I’ve been home ever since. I’ve enjoyed doing virtual visits and festivals, but I sure miss meeting readers in-person! For information on my virtual visits and my availability please contact me.

Wednesday, August 4 at 7 PM ET

#Book Party on @Scholasticinc Instagram Live

Celebrate book birthdays with the authors: Just Be Cool Jenna Sakai by Debbi Michiko Florence, The Bailey School Kids by Pearl Low, and Monday into the Cave of Thieves by Ralph Lazar!

I hope you’ll join us!

Sunday, August 8 at 3 PM EDT

In Person East Coast Launch Party for Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai

Savoy Bookshop & Café in Westerly RI presents a book launch party with Debbi Michiko Florence for the release of the new book Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai! 

This is going to be an incredible event featuring the chance to win great prizes, a wonderful author talk and Q&A, and special treats! Author will be signing books at this event.

This event is free, but registration is requested here at Eventbrite.

Saturday, August 14 at 3 PM EDT

Virtual Contemporary Middle Grade Panel hosted by Books of Wonder

Come join us in celebrating these wonderful contemporary middle grade reads with KATHRYN ERSKINE, DEBBI MICHIKO FLORENCE, ANDREA WANG and JAIME BERRY as they share their new novels and answer questions from the audience during the live feed! Ages 8-12.

Register here on CrowdCast

Tuesday, August 17 at 8 PM ET

Virtual Book Launch – hosted by Second Star to the Right: I’ll be in conversation with friend and author Andrea Wang to talk about her debut middle grade novel The Many Meanings of Meilan!

Register here

Saturday, August 21 at 11 AM PDT

SOLD OUT! In Person Joint West Coast Launch Party for Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai and Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch by Julie Abe

Hosted by Bel Canto Books, 2122 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA

Join me and author Julie Abe as we celebrate our newest releases. Julie is the awesome author of Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch and Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch. We will be chatting about our writing process and how our Japanese heritage influences the books we write. There will be Japanese snacks and a giveaway for prizes.

This event will be held outdoors with limited seating – registration is required ahead of time. Each ticket will get you a signed book by the author of your choice and reserved seating. You will be able to buy additional signed books by either author at the event.


Register here: Bel Canto Books

Thank you and I can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Friday, August 27 at 7 PM ET

Virtual Event hosted by Read It Again Bookstore

Author Panel: Telling the Stories of Strong Girls with Debbi Michiko Florence, Christina Soontornvat, and Wai Chim

Join us as we talk about our books (Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai, A Wish in the Dark, and The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling) and the girls who learn how to open their hearts and use their voices in our books.

Register here.

Saturday - Tuesday, August 28 - 31

In-Person Highlights Foundation Writing First Chapter Books and Early Readers Workshop

I will be a special guest at this workshop led by the fabulous Wiley Blevins and Laurie Calkhoven. If you’re interesting in learning about how to write first chapter books and early readers, this is a great workshop – and it will be great to SEE and BE with other writers again.

Register here.