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:


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


Saturday, September 10 at 3 PM

SWEET AND SOUR Launch Party hosted by Bank Square Books at 53 West Main St, downtown Mystic CT

Please join me to celebrate the publication of my third middle grade novel SWEET AND SOUR!

There will be games, prizes, and treats! I’ll be in conversation with dear friend and author Jo Knowles including Q&A plus a book signing. AND if you show my book to the staff at Drawbridge Ice Cream you will get half off an ice cream cone!

Books will be available at the event, but you can pre-order to guarantee a copy.



Tuesday, September 13

In-Conversation with Christina Soontornvat at Wellesley Books 82 Central St. Wellesley MA

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Christina’s graphic memoir THE TRYOUT and my middle grade novel SWEET AND SOUR.

More details coming soon!

Sunday, Sept. 18 - Wednesday, Sept. 21

Workshop & Writing Retreat: Begin Your Chapter Book Series at the Highlights Foundation

Join me and author Kashmira Sheth as we take look at the intersection of craft and commercial viability in writing and selling a chapter book series. This is an in-person workshop with mentorship, hands-on activities, presentations, and ample time for resting, writing, sketching, and more.

Register here

Saturday, October 29

Boston Book Festival at Copley Square 

I’ll be on a panel and will be signing copies of Jasmine Toguchi Brave Explorer!

More details coming soon.