By guest illustrator Hardiyono
By guest illustrator Hardiyono

By guest illustrator Hardiyono
By guest illustrator Hardiyono

Asian Festival of Children's Content | Pesta Bahan Cerita Kanak-kanak Asia

This year, AFCC is proud to feature Indonesia as the Country of Focus.

Guest Illustrator: Hardiyono

Born in Yogyakarta, Hardiyono graduated from Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia (Indonesia Fine Art Academy), from the faculty of Fine Art. In addition to being a famous illustrator of children’s books and magazines, he is also a glass painter, Arabic Calligrapher and Sculpture. He has received various awards for his work and was the first winner of the children’s books illustration contest held by INABBY (Indonesian Board on Books for Young People) in 1991. He received the Octogones award for “Legenda Pohon Beringin (The Legend of The Banyan Tree)” from France in 2002, and was placed on the IBBY honorary list for illustrating “Marasenani and the Sun” in 2008.

Indonesian Children’s Books

To learn about Indonesian children's book titles, download the Indonesia Children’s Book Catalogue.

Across the Islands of Imagination: No Child should Grow Up Without Story Books

Written by Ary Nilandari, Children’s Book Author
On Behalf of Ikatan Penerbit Indonesia (IKAPI)

We know how important storybooks are for children. They stimulate imagination, provoke curiosity and thought, provide inspiration and help readers to develop an appreciation for art and writing. Books also expose children to language and vocabulary, develop their literacy skills, and fill their minds with knowledge.

That is why we aim to help children develop a love of reading. We want to ensure that no child grows up without storybooks, especially those that include their culture and allows them to have a look at their own reflections. 

Indonesia once had a strong oral tradition, before technology and hectic lifestyles became prevalent. We must reclaim our traditions and build them by creating more books with local content that will hook young minds.

Creating books like that, however, is not always easy.

Firstly, Indonesia is a huge country, diverse in many ways. We have 13,466 islands, about 930 of which are inhabited. Indonesia is home to more than 300 ethnic groups speaking 742 different languages and dialects. Moreover, each ethnic group has its own: 

Folk tales, legends, myths

  • Dances: in total, more than 3,000 original dances
  • Traditional attires and dresses with their own unique designs
  • Types of music and instruments, often accompanied by performing arts
  • Arts and handicrafts: textiles, ornaments, carvings, and items for daily use and special occasions
  • Toys and games
  • Traditional cuisine: in total, around 5,350 recipes
  • Houses/vernacular architectures
  • Local proverbs

The vast diversity is a wealth from which we can draw unlimited inspiration for children’s books. The question we have to ask ourselves is: do we have the resources to create books featuring children from the far west to the far east of Indonesia?

Secondly, children in more remote areas of Indonesia are deprived from books. Most authors and illustrators live in big cities and big islands. Of the 1,191 active publishers, 1,053 reside in Java Island. For authors, it would be easier to write about things they are familiar with rather than researching and exploring into the deep corners of the myriad of Indonesian cultures. Even then, distribution poses a problem. After the books have surpassed the printing stage, it would be more profitable for publishers to distribute the books into cities with established transportation system, rather than to the country’s more remote areas, due to the expensive shipping cost. Every year, 40,000 new titles are published in Indonesia, though there are some unpopular books. Even then, the unpopular books are sold at a low prices in cities, rather than being sent to the outskirts of Indonesia, where children are in need of books.

It does not help that on top of this, children in small islands lack internet connection and may not be aware that there are books with characters similar to them about their cultures. As such, these children do not have the luxury of reading books outside the compulsory school material.

What we need is a collaborative integrated programme which aims to create quality books and bring them to these children.

This is our biggest task – as authors, illustrators and publishers – to advocate for easy access to good storybooks for children all over Indonesia, while still making the effort to secure a place in the international market.

17 May 2017 (Wed)

11:45am - 12:45pm
Multi-purpose Room Country of Focus

Performing a Folktale

Emilia Nazir (Secretary General, INABBY), Galuh Larasati (Author)

Passing down folktales is tricky, but Emilia and Larasati explore an excellent way of doing so- through art expression. Join this session as they discuss the complexities of telling Indonesian folktales through art expression while adequately reflecting their cultural beliefs.

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Multi-purpose Room Country of Focus

Please Tell Me a Story Again! - Bibliotherapy for Hospitalised Children with Cancer

Ida Farida (Liaison Officer of INABBY), Tety Elida (Lecturer and Vice President of Society for the Advancement of Children's Literature)

This session will focus on the therapeutic impact of telling stories using different mediums, especially books for hospitalised children with cancer in a public hospital in Jakarta. Ida and Tety will tell you about the storytelling programme carried out by Society for the Advancement of Children's Literature (SACL) since 1993.

18 May 2017 (Thu)

9:00am - 10:00am
Imagination Room Country of Focus

Indonesian Illustrators: Getting International Recognition

Grace Kusnadi (Founder, Popcon Asia)

Come learn more about illustrations in Indonesia! Grace will expound more on Popcorn Asia, a new avenue for illustrators to increase their local and international trade and consumer reach.

11:45am - 12:45pm
Visitors Briefing Room Country of Focus

Mother Tongue in a Land with Over 700 Languages

Johnny Tjia (Language researcher, Sulinama Foundation), Felicia Utorodewo (Director, SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Language)

As Indonesia modernises, Mother Tongue and folktales take on an important role in improving children’s literacy skills. Dr Felicia will expand on how SEAMEO QITEP engages children and build the knowledge of their own tradition and culture, and Johnny will accentuate the necessity of telling children folktales in their Mother Tongue.

3:15pm - 4:15pm
Visitors Briefing Room Country of Focus

Books For Indonesian Girls By Indonesian Girls: How Children’s Books Shape Perspectives of the World

Robyn Soetikno (Writer)

Lack of information can be detrimental, especially to a girl on the verge of puberty. Misinformation can lead to health issues, insecurities, even personal safety. Most receive advice from mothers and friends, but many things might be left unsaid. Indonesian author Robyn Soetikno explains how kidlit can shape a girl’s understanding of puberty and self-worth in Indonesia.

3:30pm - 3:45pm
My Tree House Country of Focus

Mouse Deer and Turtle (For 4-6 years, 7-9 years)
Storytelling

Gladys Gwyneth Quincy (Storyteller), Natasha Annabella Quincy (Storyteller)

Tiger and other bigger animals are picking on Mouse Deer and Turtle, stealing the many fishes they catch. But Mouse Deer and Turtle are putting their foot down. Come for this storytelling and help Mouse Deer and Turtle think of a creative way to solve this problem!

3:45pm - 4:00pm
My Tree House Country of Focus

Senggutru (For 4-6 years, 7-9 years)
Storytelling

Riyanto, S,Sn (Director, Theatre Actor, Film Actor, Writer, Stage Manager, Head of Production), Sulthan Tufail (Teenage Storyteller)

Are you scared of the evil, hungry giant? Fear not! Indonesian storytellers, Sultan and his father, will tell you of a story of a little girl called Senggutru, who came face-t-to-face with the giant. Find out how Senggutru's wit and quick thinking helped to save her village from the giant's grasp.

4:45pm - 6:00pm
Imagination Room Country of Focus

Indonesian Children’s Publishing in New Era: Opportunities and Challenges

Thomas Nung Atasana (Literary Agent, Borobudur Agency), Remon Agus (Managing Director, Zikrul Hakim Bestari Publishing)

How do Indonesian children’s books stand in the world? Publisher Remon Agus discusses the market and consumer trends in Indonesia and literary agent Nung Atasana talks about Indonesian rights.

19 May 2017 (Fri)

10:30am - 11:30am
Imagination Room Country of Focus

Indonesian Digital Books: Mizan Publishing

Irfan Amalee (CEO, Mizan Application Publisher)

The book industry is now facing a big challenge. In the digital world, the book industry is required to adapt to the changes. It is easier for consumers to change reading habits from print to digital, but it is not as easy for publishers to change the business model. Join Irfan as he elaborates on the future of digital books and app books in Indonesia.

11:45am - 12:45pm
Multi-purpose Room Country of Focus

The Place of Young Writers in Indonesia

Murti Bunanta (Children’s Literature Specialist and President, Society for The Advancement of Children’s Literature (SACL) and Indonesian Board on Books for Young People (INABBY)), Renny Yaniar (Children's Books Author)

Two authors dive into this contentious question. Dr Murti Bunanta discusses the role of publishers, schools and parents in helping children to read well, as Renny Yaniar looks at young writers in Indonesia in changing the face of Indonesia’s publishing.

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Possibility Room Country of Focus

Indonesian Mysteries and Historical Fiction

Herdiana Hakim (Writer, researcher), Yovita Siswati (Author)

Historical stories have appealed to young readers across the world for centuries. Yovita and Herdiana will let you in why Yovita’s stories Misteri Kota Tua and Misteri Kampung Hitam are popular in Indonesia and what makes them special.

3:30pm - 3:45pm
My Tree House Country of Focus

Suwidak Loro (For 4-6 years, 7-9 years)
Storytelling

Gladys Gwyneth Quincy (Storyteller), Natasha Annabella Quincy (Storyteller)

Unlike the princesses in other fairy tales, the main character, Suwidak Loro, was not very pretty. In fact, she only had 62 strands of hair. Join us for this storytelling of an Indonesian folktales of how Suwidak Loro met the King and her life changed forever.

3:45pm - 4:00pm
My Tree House Country of Focus

Madeh and His Four Friends (For 4-6 years, 7-9 years)
Storytelling

Riyanto, S,Sn (Director, Theatre Actor, Film Actor, Writer, Stage Manager, Head of Production), Sulthan Tufail (Teenage Storyteller)

Meet a frog, a squirrel, a mouse deer and a rooster together with Madeh, as he goes on a journey to replace his father’s goats, which he lost. Help Madeh and his friends escape from the hungry giant looking for a meal. Can they wiggle their way out of this dangerous situation? Find out at the storytelling of a Balinese folktale.

20 May 2017 (Sat)

11:00am - 11:15am
Plaza Country of Focus

Anoman Mahawira (Ramayana Story) (For 7-9 years, 10-12 years)

I Bagus Wijna Bratanatyam (Natya) (Performer), Kadek Suartaya (Kadek) (Performer, Art Lecturer, Art Director), Sri Ayu Pradnya Larasari (Laras) (Dancer and Storyteller)

Balinese performers unveil the Ramayana Story of how Anoman, the monkey warrior, helped King Rama to get his wife, Sita, back from the evil giant from Alengka. Children, don't miss this rare chance to create a paper puppet based on the Ramayana story, and start your own puppet shows at home.

11:45am - 12:45pm
The Pod Primary

Pedagogical and Cultural: Character-Building in Students

Bambang Indriyanto (Director, SEAMEO QITEP in Language and a Researcher on Education)

Find out how literacy shapes primary and secondary students pedagogically and culturally in Indonesia and Southeast Asian countries. Dr Bambang explores how language lessons can facilitate interaction between teachers and students, and among students.

2:00pm - 2:15pm
Plaza Country of Focus

Tarunajaya Dance II (For 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years)

Kadek Suartaya (Kadek) (Performer, Art Lecturer, Art Director), Sri Ayu Pradnya Larasari (Laras) (Dancer and Storyteller), I Bagus Wijna Bratanatyam (Natya) (Performer)

The Tarunajaya Dance depicts youths as peacemakers. This energetic and dynamic dance shows that while there may be many reasons to go to war, there are many more reasons to strive for harmony between countries. 

Plaza Country of Focus

Pendet Dance (For 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years)

Kadek Suartaya (Kadek) (Performer, Art Lecturer, Art Director), Sri Ayu Pradnya Larasari (Laras) (Dancer and Storyteller), I Bagus Wijna Bratanatyam (Natya) (Performer)

Come enjoy the Pendet Dance by Balinese performers. In this dance, prayers are made to preserve peace among living creatures, and to spread kindness around.

3:15pm - 4:15pm
Possibility Room Country of Focus Pre-school Primary

Moluccan Music and Literacy: Uncovering the Secrets of Sound and Rhythm

Christian Tamaela (Ethnomusicologist, Lecturer and Musician)

Learn how Ethnic Moluccan music is used in Indonesia to give children a grasp of words and sounds and pick up tips from Dr Christian Tamaela about exploring literacy through music.

Speakers

Bambang Indriyanto

Bambang Indriyanto

Director, SEAMEO QITEP in Language and a Researcher on Education

Dr Bambang Indriyanto has a Bachelor degree in Sociology, a Masters degree, majoring in Education Administration and Policy Studies, and a Doctorate degree in Education Administration and Policy Studies. He was previously the Director of the Center for Policy Research, Ministry of Education from 2002 to 2004, and served as the Secretary, Directorate General Management for Basic and Secondary Education from 2005 to 2010.

Christian Tamaela

Christian Tamaela

Ethnomusicologist, Lecturer and Musician

Dr. Christian Tamaela, ethnomusicologist. He is also a lecturer and musician. He is adept at using various instruments such as the tifa, bamboo flutes, conch shell and many more. He lectures at the University Kristen Indonesia- Maluku.

Emilia Nazir

Emilia Nazir

Secretary General, INABBY

Emilia is an Early Childhood Education practitioner. She has a Bachelor and Master of Education in Early Childhood from the Univeresity of South Australia. She is currently the Secretary General of the Indonesian Section of International Board on Books for Young People (INABBY).

Felicia Utorodewo

Felicia Utorodewo

Director, SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Language

Dr Felicia graduated with a Bachelor of Letters in Linguistics from University of Indonesia in 1981. She obtained a Masters of Science in Linguistic Anthropology from Faculty of Social and Political Science, University of Indonesia in 1990. She received her doctoral degree in Lexical Semantics in 2007 from Faculty of Humanities, University of Indonesia. She was appointed as the Director of SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Language in 2011 and reappointed for the second term in 2014 up till 2016.

Galuh Larasati

Galuh Larasati

Author

Larasati has been working in the hospitality industry since 1994. Besides working, she writes books and teaches young people and children in a village as a volunteer. Her lessons include life skills, and combining art and the English language.

Grace Kusnadi

Grace Kusnadi

Founder, Popcon Asia

Books, animation and film has played a big part in Grace's life. Having graduated from the University of PadjadaranBandung with a major in Public Relations. She started working at a production house, then advertising agency, and even as producer at Red Rocket Animation, before she fell in love with event organising, Grace founded Popcorn Asia in 2012 to open an avenue for creators to showcase, sell and network, which is in its fifth year.

Herdiana Hakim

Herdiana Hakim

Writer, researcher

Herdiana recently graduated with distinction from the Children’s Literature and Literacies programme at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her dissertation focused on the agency of literary children. Herdiana is also the founder of www.SiKancil.org, a site dedicated for Indonesian children’s literature. 

Ida Farida

Ida Farida

Liaison Officer of INABBY

Ida is a Lecturer of Library and Information Science at the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta. She is actively engaged in various programmes for promoting children's interest in books, storytelling for children with cancer in hospitals, storytelling in libary and outreach programmes, and giving training for teachers and librarians.

Irfan Amalee

Irfan Amalee

CEO, Mizan Application Publisher

Irfan Amalee has 15 years of experience in the children's book industry. He has written, co-written and edited more than 20 books. He was previously the CEO of Pelangi Mizan, and is now the CEO of Mizan Application Publisher, responsible for digital publishing in the Mizan Group.

Johnny Tjia

Johnny Tjia

Language researcher, Sulinama Foundation

Johnny Tjia obtained his Ph.D. in linguistics from University of Leiden. He currently works with Sulinama Foundation in Ambon, conducting linguistic research and managing mother tongue based basic education programmes in several local languages.

Murti Bunanta

Murti Bunanta

Children’s Literature Specialist and President, Society for The Advancement of Children’s Literature (SACL) and Indonesian Board on Books for Young People (INABBY)

Murti Bunanta is a children’s literature specialist, researcher, children’s folklorist, and an international award-winning author of 50 books published in Indonesia, Canada, and the USA. Her books have been translated into several languages. She is the founder and president of Society for the Advancement of Children’s Literature and Indonesian Section of IBBY that pioneered children's reading in Indonesia. She is an advocate for reading and quality children’s books, and serves as a member of the AFCC Board of Advisors.

Remon Agus

Remon Agus

Managing Director, Zikrul Hakim Bestari Publishing

Remon is a Managing Director of Zikrul and Bestari Publishing. He graduated from at Central Queensland University Australia. He published more than 1,000 children's books. He has sold book rights to other countries including Australia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Vietnam. In fact, he likes Indonesian children’s books so much that he dedicates his time to promoting Indonesian stories to the world.

Renny Yaniar

Renny Yaniar

Children's Books Author

Renny has published 139 chidren's books and received IBBY Honour List for writing in 2014 for her book 8 Kisah Indah tentang Sakura. She also awarded several other local recognition given by Indonesian Publishers Association and Kehati Foundation for her writing on environmental issues for children.

Sanny Djohan

Sanny Djohan

Publisher, PT Kuark Internasional

Sanny Djohan is the founder of PT Kuark Internasional.  The company publishes science comics and educational books for elementary school children. Sanny Djohan is in the Rotary Organisation for Education and is the Director of Education of the Indonesian Alumni Organisation.

Tety Elida

Tety Elida

Lecturer and Vice President of Society for the Advancement of Children's Literature

Tety is a Lecturer at Gunadarma University. She enjoys making cloth books for children, providing training for teachers in using a storybook as a learning tool, reading stories for children in hospitals and using books to help children heal from traumas in disaster areas. She is also the Vice President of Society for the Advancement of Children's Literature.

Thomas Nung Atasana

Thomas Nung Atasana

Literary Agent, Borobudur Agency

Thomas is the Director of the Borobudur Agency, a literary agency of the Indonesian Publishers Association which licenses Indonesian copyrights abroad. He is also a member of the Indonesian National Book Committee. He was Chief Editor and Internatioanl Marketing GM within Kompas Gramedia.

Robyn Soetikno

Robyn Soetikno

Writer

Robyn began writing scripts after watching scandalous telenovelas. She then went on writing short stories and poetry. Before graduating from college, she published two children's books. For the past six months, she has been working on a series specially made to accompany Indonesian girls growing up.

Yovita Siswati

Yovita Siswati

Author

Yovita is a mother of two who became an author by accident. She very much enjoys writing novels, especially ones with historical backgrounds. She has written more than 35 children’s books. Recently, one of Yovita’s books, Misteri Kota Tua, has been placed on the Honor List of IBBY 2016.