Sometimes a Wall… explores physical and mental barriers

Sometimes a WallSOMETIMES A WALL…, by Dianne White and Barroux, Owlkids; Illustrated Edition, Oct. 15, 2020, Hardcover, $17.95 (ages 4-8)

Sometimes a Wall…, by Dianne White and Barroux, explores the physical and metaphorical walls we build within ourselves and our communities.

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. Many other kinds of walls join the mix. Walls rise and come between. They become towers. They become dividers. Walls can bring so many feelings — regret, hurt, pain. But they can also offer a new start — hope, bravery and optimism.

Sometimes a Wall… is told through short lines and single words. This combined with loose line illustrations makes it better suited to ages 3-7 rather than 4-8. However, I could see using this in a classroom setting, especially when helping children better understand social and emotional norms. For older children, the idea that actions have consequences will immediately be clear.

This is a sweet picture book that helps build emotional intelligence, humility and compassion.

Sometimes a Wall extras:

About the author: Author Dianne White is a long-time elementary school teacher. To learn more, and to download discussion guides and more, visit Dianne’s website at

About the illustrator: Barroux lives in Paris, France, and has studied photography, art, sculpture, and architecture. You can find more if his work on Instagram: @barrouxillustrations


Discussion Guide: SOMETIMES A WALL… Discussion Guide

A Lesson In 3 Movements…

Coloring Pages For Younger Students: We Are Kind coloring page and Be Kind coloring page


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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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