Step in and find magical moments of inspiration and connection to feed your creative cauldron!

Between Words is out in the world. When I notice myself getting swept up in the whirlwind of todos that comes with launching a book, I’ve found it helpful to pause and relish how miraculous all of this is.

You are the Magic the World Needs

So much magic I've been gifted since Between Words was published

June 26, 2024

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