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Hand Over Hand by Alma Fullerton: A Review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

This review of Alma Fullerton’s Hand Over Hand marks my third year participating in Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Growing up biracial, I would have loved to have experienced some of these books as a youth instead of mainly identifying as white because that’s mostly what I was exposed to. I’m thrilled to help promote such a diverse range of books for children and young adults of all ages.

Hand Over Hand takes place in a fishing village in the Philippines where young Nina aspires to join her grandfather on his fishing boat. The fishermen tell her, “Girls can’t fish. Their place is on shore,” but her open-minded grandfather decides to give her a chance. 

Written for children five to eight years old, this is a fairly quick but nevertheless inspiring read. Illustrations by Renné Benoit transport you to the village to give you a glimpse of Nina’s life. 

I recently saw Come From Away in New York, and the song “Me and The Sky” came to mind when I read Hand Over Hand. It’s more important than ever for young women to see that there is nothing to hold them back from achieving their dreams. And it’s especially important for young women of color, which is why I’m happy that Hand Over Hand exists.  

Second Story Press offers books by a diverse array of authors and focuses on publishing “feminist-inspired books for adults and young readers,” so check them out and show their authors a little love by purchasing their books.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board: 
View our 2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors here
View our 2018 MCBD Author Sponsors here
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive Co-Host Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event.
View our Co-Hosts here

TWITTER PARTY sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.
Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers
Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

3 thoughts on “Hand Over Hand by Alma Fullerton: A Review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

  1. Claire Noland

    Thanks for this MCCBD review. Hand Over Hand looks like a story full of heart. I’m looking forward to reading it. Also – thanks for sharing the song from Come From Away. We’re hoping to go to NYC in June and planning on seeing this play.

  2. Mia Wenjen

    I was glad to learn about Hand Over Hand because I’ve been searching for Filipino children’s books. Thanks for your terrific reviews and for joining us for your third year!

    I hope you can join us tonight at our Twitter Party from 9-10pm EST. We will be giving away hundreds of diverse children’s books in the form of 13 book bundles. One will be given away every six minutes.

    The questions with the book prizes are posted here:

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