AIT Worldwide Logistics is a global, full service transportation management provider serving just about every industry: aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, oil and natural gas, entertainment, fashion (textiles and garments), government, high tech, life sciences, perishables, printed matter, telecommunications, and trade shows. When AIT heard that Hands needed a way to get thousands of pounds of books from Massachusetts to Florida, they connected us to an 18-wheeler. AIT Worldwide has been behind us from the start—we couldn’t fulfill the Hands mission without the truly philanthropic folks at AIT Worldwide.
Harte-Hanks is big—one of the world’s largest marketing fulfillment companies, with 35 locations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific. Harte-Hanks offers warehousing, customized printing, postage and freight, production handling (pick and pack), process management, compliance, and online ordering services, all on a massive scale. Yes, the company is big—and Harte-Hanks people are big-hearted. Since 2007 they’ve given Hands a corner of a warehouse in their East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, facility for receiving, sorting, and packing the Hands Wish Lists shipments. And Harte-Hanks employees have pitched in to help, too. We simply would not be able to get books to Caribbean kids without the generous assistance of Harte-Hanks.
Tropical Shipping is known all over the Eastern Caribbean for their fleet of ships that bring, well, everything to the islands. As a company, Tropical believes in giving back to the region. Their Freestay Caribbean program boosts tourism, and their Hurricane Central team provides first-responder recovery assistance to businesses, individuals, and governments after a catastrophic event. Tropical Shipping, another philanthropic angel, makes sure that every year’s Hands Wish Lists shipment reaches each island—they get everything there fast, and they’ve never lost a single box!
C4C is led by Northeastern students who are passionate about designing software solutions for nonprofits in the Boston area. The student-led and run group learns the fundamentals of product and software development through application working directly with nonprofit clients in order to build critical skills and experience in ways that will meaningfully enhance nonprofits based in their community. Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, C4C is partnering with Hands Across the Sea to develop a custom CMS that will be utilized by frontline program officers and organization leadership designed to support monitoring and reporting of the CLASS program.
CaribbeanReads is a St. Kitts-based publishing company which has been producing children’s books since 2009. They began with a single title, Adventure at Brimstone Hill by founder Carol Mitchell and now have more than fifty titles including softcover, hardcover, eBooks, audio books, and foreign language editions. Their main aim is to provide children in the Caribbean with books that reflect their reality. These books invite children to explore their world and to take pride in what they find. CaribbeanReads’ children’s books range in target age from kindergarten to young adult and include two prize-winning titles and activity books. They have also published fantasy, romance, and plays aimed at an adult audience. CaribbeanReads books can be found in schools, bookstores, libraries, and homes in almost every island in the Caribbean and many countries worldwide. The catalog is at www.CaribbeanReads.com/books.
LEE & LOW BOOKS is an independent children’s book publisher specializing in diversity. It is the company’s goal to meet the need for stories that children of color can identify with and that all children can enjoy. LEE & LOW makes a special effort to work with artists of color, and takes pride in nurturing many authors and illustrators who are new to the world of children’s book publishing
Capstone Wow! Zip, zap, zowee! Capstone offers an irresistible mix of captivating books for kids. A very short list of titles requested by Caribbean schools includes: A Drop in the Ocean: The Story of Water; Academy of Dance: Hip-Hop Road Trip; Adventures in Sound with Max Axiom; Ashley Small and Ashley Tall: Best Friends Forever; Boys’ Guide to Drawing; Charged Up: The Story of Electricity; Fashion Drawing Studio; Girls’ Guide to Drawing; James Maddox: Track and Field Takedown; Justice League: Bizarro and the Doppelganger of Doom; Marvelous Me: Inside and Out.
The DK Publishing line of beautifully illustrated non-fiction Eye Wonder (primary school) and Eyewitness (secondary school) series is a graphic triumph—never has so much information been presented in such an appealing and accessible way. These “fact books” are very popular with Caribbean students, for research as well as reading. In addition to DK’s array of large format, eye-popping books, the publisher’s DK Readers (in reading levels from beginner to accomplished) and DK Biography series are a must-send of our Hands Wish Lists. (Along with the glittery Disney Princess hardcovers—a smash with primary-school girls!)
Education is World Book’s commitment and its editorial team is World Book’s strength. Each team member is dedicated to producing accurate and unbiased information by utilizing contemporary technological tools and following traditional practices of editorial excellence. For more than 100 years, World Book has promoted learning for the entire family through a range of products in which complex topics are concisely explained and vividly illustrated. An explicit goal is to help increase both reading fluency and comprehension in young readers. Encyclopedic content is updated continually and accessible 24/7 on a variety of devices. Innovative and readable, World Book will remain a trusted and useful resource at home, in the library, and in the classroom for years to come.
Abrams Books You, along with millions of avid young readers, are no doubt aware of the up and downs of a certain wimpy kid. But Abrams offers much, much more. A very short list of the titles we’ve sent to Caribbean schools in recent years includes: Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor; I Am Human: A Book of Empathy; I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness; Iggy Peck, Architect; Jack and the Genius 2: In the Deep Blue Sea; Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters; Sister’s Grimm 1: Fairy Tale Dectectives.
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