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: Brenda De Los Santos

“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 - Sunday, May 2 - 5

Asian and Asian American Voices: An In-Community Retreat, hosted by Grace Lin and Debbi Michiko Florence at The Highlights Foundation, Milanville PA.

This retreat is full. Please sign up for the waitlist if interested.

Wednesday, May 8 at 5 PM

Celebrate AAPI Month at the New Canaan Library 151 Main Street New Canaan, CT

Q&A with Connectictu authors Debbi Michiko Florence and Veera Hiranandani with a book signing, crafts and some tasty treats! Elm Street books will be onsite selling books. Best for families with older elementary and middle schoolers.

Free registration here.

Sunday, August 18 at 3 PM

Jada Jones  and Jasmine Toguchi at Possible Futures Bookstore, 318 Edgewood Ave. New Haven, CT

Join authors Kelly Starling Lyons and Debbi Michiko Florence as they get to introduce their chapter book series characters Jada Jones and Jasmine Toguchi to one another! Book signing will follow the event.

More details to come!

Thursday - Saturday, October 3 - 5

Youth Literature Festival, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Youth Literature Festival brings award-winning authors of youth literature to area schools in a three-day event, culminating in a Community Day Celebration with author panels, activities for kids, and performances to share with the whole family.

Stay tuned for more details!

Sunday - Wednesday, October 13 - 16

Chapter Books and Early Readers: Working Retreat, led by Debbi Michiko Florence and Kashmira Sheth at The Highlights Foundation, Milanville PA.

Join us and special guests to connect and create. This working retreat is for those who are writing for newly independent readers. A lightly structured retreat that includes brief presentations, informal conversations, optional 1:1 consultations, and plenty of time to write.

For more info and to register – Chapter Books and Early Readers: Working Retreat.

Saturday, October 26

Jackson Hole Book Festival at the Snow King Resort, Jackson Hole, WY

JHBF celebrates books, authors, and readers to inspire conversation, deepen understanding, and enrich the connections within the community. This one-day event will highlight the nexus of readers and writers, and, in cooperation with the JH Writers Conference, Teton County School District #1, Wilson Book Gallery, Book Trader, and Valley Bookstore, create a spiritual connection that leads to an annual literary celebration in the Valley.

More details to come!