Books in the making

Bear and Squirrel Published by J-Tech Creations, Inc. -Coming May 2017

By Elsa Takaoka illustrated by Catherine Toennisson


An epic battle for a swing and a lesson on how attitude makes ALL the difference!

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Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection- Published January 27, 2017!

by Elsa Takaoka illustrated by Catherine Toennisson



This book “Yumi’s extraordinary collection” tries to capture that. The importance of holding on to memories not things.

It took me one year to write this story, draft after draft and with the help of several amazing writers and editors. When the final draft was completed I couldn’t think of a better person to illustrate this book other than Catherine Toennisson, whose love of art and naturally good-hearted personality brings innocence to her work.

We are about half way done with this book, we are trying to be as detailed as possible. Meeting most publishing industry standards and breaking some rules along the way.



Chicken Does NOT want to be a Chicken- Published February 26, 2017

Illustrated by Catherine Toennisson,

written by Elsa Takaoka and published by J-Tech Creations!

Great news! We are happy to announce that after several years of self-publishing we have received the amazing opportunity to create and publish books for J-Tech Creations Inc. a Mobile App development company with branches in N.Y and Tokyo. 

Chicken does not want to be a chicken. She wants to be a dog. Chicken has come up with a four step plan. Nothing will get in her way, except maybe the cat! Come and join in Chicken’s silly adventures. Funny and engaging stories that are perfect for beginning readers.  J-Tech Creations’ Learn to Read books are designed to improve a beginning reader’s confidence with short sentences, word repetition, and familiar words.



Emi makes a Friend- Coming March 21, 2017

Japanese, English, Spanish Bilingual Books for Toddlers series

I am fortunate enough to be pairing up with Bee Pop English as a Second Language School based in Fukuoka, Japan.The teachers of Bee Pop English have years of experience teaching preschoolers. A hands-on and creative school with a strong love of picture books.The series will include worksheets, activities and crafts. The books will be available in English, Spanish and Japanese.

In collaboration with Bee Pop English School, based in Fukuoka Japan

Illustrated by Fanny Wen, illustrator of multiple children’s books and self-taught genius!

 Emi Visits Grandpa- Coming June, 2017


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