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.

Now booking 2021 – 2022 school and library visits though How Now Booking. 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.

Sunday, September 19 at 3 PM ET

In-Person Launch at Savoy Bookshop & Café for Niki Nakayama: A Chef’s Tale in 13 Bites, Westerly RI

Please come celebrate my debut picture book biography, co-authored with Jamie Michalek  with illustrations by Yuko Jones! Jamie and I will be there to chat about how we came to be writing partners and the process of co-writing. We will be answering questions and signing books. Hope to see you there!

Register here: Savoy

Saturday, October 9 at 11 AM ET

In-Person Storytime at Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Acton MA

Please join me and co-author Jamie Michalak as we read from our picture book biography Niki Nakayama: A Chef’s Tale in 13 Bites (illustrated by Yuko Jones). We will be signing books and answering questions. Additionally, Jamie will be reading from her picture book Dakota Crumb: Tiny Treasure Hunter (illustrated by Kelly Murphy).

Registration info coming soon!