Kid’s Stories Project: Milla and Mayana had a Ballet Class

Story and Illustration by: Hayya Habibi

Once upon a time, Milla woke up from bed. She ate breakfast and woke Mayana up. She told her that she was going to have a ballet class that day. Mayana wanted to join too so Milla allowed her and took Mayana with her. They two got ready then went to the ballet school. On their way to school, Mayana asked Milla: “What’s the name of the school?”

Milla said: “Skölan”

After half an hour they arrived at the school and went inside. Milla showed Mayana where the class was. They went inside the class but the teacher wasn’t there. Milla’s friend, Naia, said that the teacher was late so all the children waited for her.Few minutes later the teacher came so the children prepared to dance. Mayana was so happy to learn ballet. They all danced happily until they didn’t realised that it was time to get home. Milla and Mayana tidied their stuffs up quickly and went home together. 

Kid’s Stories Project: Let’s Travel!

Story by Hayya Habibi and Hayu Hamemayu. Illustration by Hayya Habibi.

One morning, Milla and Mayana woke up from bed. It was already the summer so Milla and Mayana had a summer break. Their mom and dad decided to have a holiday in Italy. Milla and Mayana were so excited about it. So, Milla and Mayana packed their stuffs, put them in their luggages and got ready to go to Italy. Then, they went to the airport by car. At the airport, they waited for the plane to come. Then, it was time for boarding so Milla and Mayana went inside with ther mom and dad.

In the plane, Mayana asked Milla: “How many hour will it take?”

To which Milla answered: “Around 2 hours”

Soon it was already 2 hours so they had arrived in Italy. It was already evening when they landed so they ate dinner in the hotel and they slept.

On the next day they ate pizza for breakfast and then they went to the museum. After visiting the museum they went for little shopping and went back to the hotel. They went to their room, took all their luggages, went to the airport and went back to Sweden!

The End.

Kid’s Stories Project: Let’s Break the Fast

Story and Illustration by Hayya Habibi

One beautiful day when the sun rose up, Milla and her little sister Mayana went to a park that was nearby. It was the first day of Ramadan, so Milla and Mayana were fasting and they wanted to play in the park until it was time to break the fast. Then, they arrived in the park where there was a playground. They played and had so much fun, but then it was almost time to break the fast so Milla and Mayana went home. They enjoyed the food and they slept.

The End

Kid’s Stories Project: The Toothless Naia


Story by Hayu Hamemayu and Hayya Habibi

Illustration by Hayya Habibi

Long long time ago, there was a little girl named Naia. She lived in a bamboo village near forest with her momma. Among all things in this world, Naia loved sweets. She ate a lot of candies, chocolates and marshmallows. But, Naia hated brushing her teeth. Her momma kept telling her that it is important to brush her teeth at least twice a day, but Naia didn’t listen.

Every time her momma tried to brush her teeth, Naia always ran away or hid in the forest near her house. Her momma tried to catch her but Naia was so quick she was barely able to keep up.

At night, Naia would go to her room quietly and pretended that she had fell asleep when her momma called her and asked her to brush her teeth. Naia did anything not to brush her teeth.

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Kid’s Stories Project: The Day The Crayons Get Sad

Picture is retrieved from Goodreads

My kid’s been really into Drew Daywalt’s The Day The Crayons Quit, a funny and intriguing book about crayons that don’t want to color anymore. It was started around two months ago when she and her friends at school acted out a play based on the story (she was the white crayon by the way 🙂 ). Since then, she couldn’t stop watching the video and re-reading the book. Last week, she came up with an adaptation story of the original one. It’s a kind of fan fiction. I must say, of course, that the idea and the intellectual copyright belong to Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers (as the illustrator). My kid is just writing her version of the story. The book itself is really recommended for young readers. Find more about the book here, and here or watch the video here.

So, here is my daughter’s version.

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Kid’s Stories Project: The Old Tree

Story and Illustration by Hayya Habibi

Once upon a time there was one child that loved to go to the rainforest. And one day he saw two big old trees. The big old trees had lots and lots of animals living on them so the little boy went home and told his mom and dad about them.

But when he went back the other day, he didn’t see one of the old trees so he asked everybody, but nobody cut down the tree so he went back to the forest and asked the animals.

One of the animals knew who cut down the tree so the animal pointed to the man and told him that the man was going to cut down the other old tree. The little boy told the man not to cut down the tree because it’s the home for so many animals. If he cut it, the animals would be sad. So the man left his saw next to the old tree and went home.

The end

PS: My daughter said it’s a story about responsibility and taking action in regards to environment.


Kid’s Stories Project: Paman Toto yang Pelupa dan Pesta Ulang Tahun Lala

As a freelance writer who is also a full time mother, I receive lots of requests (or pressures to be precise 😀 ) from my own kid, to write children’s stories for her. I personally think that writing stories for kiddos are way much harder than for adults. Kid’s stories require certain degree of imagination which I’m too old to have. Haha. So, instead of just writing stories for her, I asked my daughter to collaborate with me. To my surprise, she’s quite into it and she often comes up with good ideas.

Early this year, we worked together on a story entitled “Paman Toto yang Pelupa dan Pesta Ulang Tahun Lala” (The Forgetful Uncle Toto and Lala’s Birthday Party). It was all her idea and she even did the illustration for the stories. I was just helping with the narratives and story development. She was so excited about this and she asked me to send it to a kid’s magazine in Indonesia (which I did). However, until now, we haven’t received a single reply from the magazine telling us if the story would be published or not. I think that’s a common practice in Indonesia. Most publishers (or in this case magazine and newspaper) are too busy to reply email from writers regarding the status of their stories. Some say this is because of the enormous number of stories they receive on daily basis. Other say that they are just too lazy to reply, haha, or that replying email is not part of the office culture so they don’t take it too seriously. I don’t know which one is true but my kid is bit upset knowing that we haven’t received any news from the magazine.

I told her that there’s a huge chance our story won’t be published (for various reasons) and that it is a common part of being a writer. I also told her that being rejected doesn’t always mean that our story is so bad. Sometimes, it is just a matter of finding the right media/publisher. And even if our story was not good enough, we can always rework on it and try different media. Writing is a long process. We shouldn’t give up on the first attempt. She was just saying “okay” and I was bit heartbroken to see her sad so I told her that we can still post her story in my website, so at least, it can be read by the visitors.

So here it is, the kid’s story my daughter and I wrote months ago. This will be the beginning of my project with her. We decide to make collaborative works together and post them under the category Kid’s Stories in my website. Some of the stories will be in Bahasa Indonesia, some of them will be in English depending on the idea from my kid since she will be the mastermind behind this project 😀 . Do not expect regular update though as my kid is a moody thinker and I am even a moodier one. 😀

Anyway, enjoy!

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