Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Crafting Chapter Books with Author Debbi Michiko Florence

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Date(s) - 02/16/2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tokyo Women's Plaza
東京都渋谷区神宮前5-53-67 - Tokyo, 150-0001


Crafting Chapter Books: 

A Workshop with Author Debbi Michiko Florence


Time:   Saturday, February 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. 

Place:  Tokyo Women’s Plaza, Conference Room 1

5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

(by the United Nations University; map)

Fee:      1,000 yen members, 1,500 yen nonmembers

RSVP:  Reservations required. To reserve, email japan (at) by Friday, February 15.

This event will be in English.


What is a chapter book? How is it different from a picture book or a novel for older readers? How do you write for a series? Debbi Michiko Florence, author of the chapter book series Jasmine Toguchi, will share details about the journey to publication for Jasmine Toguchi and what you need to know to start writing your own chapter books. She will also touch briefly on writing work-for-hire chapter books. Writing exercises to be done at your leisure will be shared, and there will be time for Q&A.



Debbi Michiko Florence, a third generation Japanese American, is a former classroom teacher and zoo educator. Her debut chapter book series is Jasmine Toguchi (FSG/2017 and 2018). Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen was a Bank Street 2018 Best Children’s Books of the Year, on the 2018 Amelia Bloomer List, and the 2018 CBCC Choices List (Best of the Year). Mochi Queen, Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl, and Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper were Junior Library Guild selections and on the Chicago Public Library’s Best of 2018 list. Debbi is also the author of the early chapter book series, Dorothy and Toto (Picture Window Books/2016) and the upcoming early chapter book series My Furry Foster Family (Picture Window Books/Fall 2019). Debbi has spoken on panels at NCTE, Decatur Book Festival, Brooklyn Book Festival, among others; taught workshops at SCBWI conferences; and presented at numerous schools. A native Californian, Debbi now lives in Connecticut with her husband, rescue dog, bunny, and two ducks. Visit her website: