Step in and find magical moments of connection that feed our creative cauldron!

I was seven when our family moved to France. On my first day at an English speaking elementary school, I was standing alone on the playground at a loss for what to do or say…

The Story Behind the Story

March 15, 2024

Four (plus) years in the making, I’m STOKED I finally get to share this picture book with the world! BETWEEN WORDS is a fantastical reimagining of my experience as a multi-ethnic kid who moved around the globe.

Cover Reveal: Between Words

Cover of BETWEEN WORDS: A FRIENDSHIP TALE, showing a dark-haired, brown-skinned boy waving to a mermaid in a green pool

March 8, 2024

I’m so excited you’ve stumbled into my little corner of the internet. I had mixed feelings about starting a blog… why now and what for? Here are my three main reasons.

Welcome to The Story Portal!

Pictured: Saki Tanaka drawing in her sketchbook at her table in her studio.

March 1, 2024