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 school and library visits for the ’22- ’23 school year though How Now Booking. For more information and to book presentations/workshops: sarah@hownowbooking.com

 

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

 

Tuesday, May 3 at 3 PM ET

Mackin Learning Webinar: Celebrate AAPI Month All Year Long with Debbi Michiko Florence, Gita Varadarajan, and Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Join us as we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. These amazing Scholastic authors will tell their stories of healing from heartbreak, embracing their identities, and claiming their own history.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who attend this webinar. A recording will be posted to Mackin.com for those who cannot participate in the live session.

Register here

Saturday, May 14 from 10 AM - 4 PM

Once Upon a Bookfest at the Ashland Public Library 66 Front Street, Ashland MA

Join me and other authors at this fun book festival – buy books and get them signed. I’ll be there signing Jasmine Toguchi, Keep It Together Keiko Carter, and more! I will also be leading a writing workshop for tweens and teens at 11:45 AM.

Register here.