A playful exploration of the many things a wall can be


An afternoon in the playground introduces different kinds of walls: a brick wall to draw on with chalk, a water wall, and a climbing wall. What follows is a playful yet profound exploration of the many ways walls can divide us or bring us together. While building, the kids unite, divide, alienate, and finally mend their friendship. Told with short, simple lines of playful, rhyming text, this book sparks important questions with empathy, insight, and charm.


"The story is touching, using few words, but they are words that wield power, especially when paired with Barroux’s colorful artwork. "

- Mom Read It

"This is a book that will make readers of all ages think. .. This would make a phenomenal classroom text and would be great for critical thinking and discussions. "

- Unleashing Readers

"Sometimes a Wall. .. is a picture book with so many layers. It is a story that teaches us about friendship, conflict, empathy, and forgiveness, in a way that kids of all ages can understand. "

- Beagles and Books

"Hopeful and compassionate, this story uses simple language to create concrete connections, and may inspire children to choose a more inclusive way. "

- School Library Journal

"Dianne White has written a book with few words that embrace a big idea. "

- Canadian Review of Materials

"A sweet picture book that helps build emotional intelligence, humility and compassion. "

- Cracking the Cover

"Rhyme, rhythm, and simple art—all including references to walls—show children expressing different emotions and behaviors. .. Mending walls for the nursery crowd. "

- Kirkus Reviews

"We've read Sometimes a Wall. .. a number of times now, and each time it gets richer and more meaningful. "

- Randomly Reading

"Teachers looking for a book to aide in SEL [Social-Emotional Learning] need look no further than this lovely picture book. "

- Prose and Kahn