Debbi Michiko Florence

Book Festival Fun!

I recently had the pleasure of being a part of two fabulous book festivals! A true joy to be around swarms of people who love books and reading! DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL Recently, I was at the Decatur Book Festival in Georgia. The “largest independent book festival in the country,” there were booths, food, displays, and… Read more »

The Silver Unicorn in Acton, MA

Thank you to Paul Swydan and family, and the wonderful staff at The Silver Unicorn Bookstore for welcoming me and Kara LaReau to their store. We had a blast chatting with the audience about our chapter book series, answering questions, and signing our books! Me with awesome store owner, Paul Swydan   Talking about daruma… Read more »

Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper Launch at Bank Square Books

Sending out love and gratitude to my indie, Bank Square Books, for hosting all three of my Jasmine Toguchi book launches! July 28 was my launch for book 4 of the chapter book series, Flamingo Keeper! *Amazing daruma and flamingo cookies by Carried Away Cakery! ** If you’d like personalized/signed copies of any of the… Read more »

WIN Jasmine Toguchi Books This Summer!

Now available, all four books in my chapter book series, Jasmine Toguchi, about a spunky 8-year-old Japanese American girl growing up in Los Angeles, both in paperback and in hardcover! You can buy them at your favorite indie bookstore or online. Or if you’re lucky, there are two ways you can win a set this… Read more »

Flamingo Keeper Pre-Order Giveaway FUN!

It’s almost time! Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper releases on July 3, 2018! Jasmine’s best friend, Linnie, has just gotten a puppy. And now Jasmine wants a pet of her own―a flamingo! So when her grandmother sends Jasmine a daruma doll as a surprise gift, Jasmine colors in one doll eye and wishes for a flamingo… Read more »

Happy Book Birthday, Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl!

Today, April 3, is launch day for book 3 in my chapter book series, Jasmine Toguchi! A Junior Library Guild 2018 Selection “An enjoyable offering about trying new activities and finding just the right talent that makes us feel “free and strong and happy.”” ―Kirkus I’m so excited to share this book about third grader… Read more »

Happy Girl’s Day at Newtonville Books

I had an absolutely wonderful time celebrating Girl’s Day at Newtonville Books on Saturday, March 3.  Girl’s Day or Hinamatsuri (doll festival) is a Japanese celebration honoring girls. My mom and me on Girl’s Day with the traditional set of dolls representing the Imperial Court Thank you to the amazing staff – Deb, Margaret, Guna,… Read more »

Kid-Friendly Event at the Pao Arts Center

  On Saturday, October 28 at the Pao Arts Center in Boston’s Chinatown, I had the pleasure of working with Susan Tan, author of the middle grade book Cilla Lee-Jenkins, Future Author Extraordinaire. Families with kids joined us on a beautiful day – we read from our books and ran activities and crafts. Even the… Read more »

Junior Library Guild

I am so very honored that Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen is a Junior Library Guild Fall 2017 selection. Yesterday I received my award package with my certificate! I am filled with deep gratitude to the Junior Library Guild.

Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl

Book 3, Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl is available for pre-order! Pub date: April 3, 2018 It’s talent show time at school, and eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi is excited to show her stuff. But as she thinks about her strengths―tree-climbing, mochi making, collage―none of them feel quite right to perform on-stage. Jasmine’s friends already have a talent:… Read more »