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 school visits and workshops: How Now Booking

To book me for festivals please contact me directly.

Photo Credit Monique Sourhino

“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


Thursday, September 28 at 5 PM

Book Launch and signing at RJ Julia Booksellers 768 Boston Post Rd. Madison, CT

Join me in celebrating the launch of book 8: Jasmine Toguchi Great Gardener and the launch of the paperback of Jasmine Toguchi Brave Explorer! There will be a book talk, origami activity, book signing, and free swag. Hope to see you there!

Register for free here: Jasmine Toguchi launch RJ Julia

Saturday, September 30 from 10 AM to 4 PM

Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival at the Chappaqua Train Station in Chappaqua NY.

180 children’s authors at the 10th Annual Chappaqua Book Festival where there will be book sales and signings, plus crafts, story time, and fun activities!

I will be signing Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen, Jasmine Toguchi Brave Explorer, Sweet and Sour, and This Is How I Roll (available for purchase at the festival). I will also be giving out free swag while supplies last!

Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 PM

Very Asian Book Trip Kick-Off at High Five Books 141 N Main St, Northampton, MA

Join Grace Lin and me as we kick off our Very Asian Book Trip with a meet and greet to celebrate the launch of our books: Chinese Menu by Grace Lin and Jasmine Toguchi Great Gardener and the paperback release of Jasmine Toguchi Brave Explorer written by Debbi Michiko Florence. We will also be signing books! Come join us!

Wednesday, October 11 at 4 PM

Book Talk and Signing at Charter Books 8 Broadway Newport RI

Join me for a book talk and signing to celebrate Jasmine Toguchi Great Gardener, book 8! I will also be leading a fun origami craft and giving out swag while supplies last!