World Book Day Celebrated at British School Jakarta

British School Jakarta celebrated World Book Day 2019 with visiting authors, a character dress up parade, a special assembly, competitions and reading activities.


Marked in over 100 countries across the globe, World Book Day is a UNESCO initiative that aims to celebrate authors, books and reading.


For this year’s World Book Day, we were delighted to host three visiting authors:


  1. Paul Cookson, a poet, performer and ukulele player with over sixty titles to his name. His best known collections include The Poetry Store, Pants on Fire, The Truth About Teachers, I’d Rather Be A Footballer, Give Us A Goal , Spill The Beans, The Truth About Parents, The World At Our Feet and It’s Behind You!
  2. Frané Lessac, an award winning writer, an illustrator and a painter. She has now published over 40 books for children and received the Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature. Frané has been a State Ambassador for National Year of Reading and is currently an Ambassador for Room to Read and Books in Homes.
  3. Mark Greenwood, an award-winning author of children's historical fiction. Mark has a passion for history and his award-winning books have been published internationally. He often teams with his wife, Frané Lessac, to produce books that promote multicultural issues, such as Drummer Boy of John John, (Kirkus Star Review, CCBC 'Choices' List, and Commended Title -Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature).

In the run up to World Book Day, which was celebrated on 6 March at our school, the three authors worked with our Primary students, parents and teachers through presentations and workshops.


With the aim of promoting reading to children, teachers arranged reading activities for students which included a bedtime reading event in class, cosy reading activities and paired reading with a different class.  As Dr. Seuss once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”


The World Book Day celebrations peaked on Wednesday 6 March with a parade and a special assembly at Raffles theatre to announce competition winners and the students’ performance poetry.  Primary students and staff dressed up as their favourite book characters for a whole school parade on Blue Courts. Still in their costumes, students later enjoyed the assembly, particularly because there was a storytelling by visiting authors Frané and Mark.