Neither

Neither is a simple, quick read that speaks to the differences in all of us. The fun, quirky characters and the story introduce a serious topic in a playful way that will resonate with kids. Neither works as a picture book for younger children 1-3 and a conversation starter for ages 4-8.

40 pages. ©2018.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

Theresa Habeck

Review posted April 30, 2022

5

A great book to show little leaners that being different is a gift. The story is relatable and illustrations inviting for any reader.

Forever learning

Review posted April 24, 2022

4

This was an interesting book to read. I would have liked a handheld copy to use with young children.

jbeasly

Review posted April 11, 2022

5

Great illustrations. I love the story line and how it is a quick read, but each person interprets it a different way. Was fun to read to my class and have them pair share their thoughts.

OR0241098

Review posted March 8, 2022

5

Such a cute way to introduce the concept of differences between people to small children

Aleisha94

Review posted March 3, 2022

5

This book is a great resource to talk to students about stereotypes, and fitting into pre-selected boxes by others. It is great story about not fitting into the norm, and how to stand out.

traceyblood

Review posted March 2, 2022

3

My daughter (almost 2 yrs) enjoyed this book, but it has not become a favorite yet. I appreciate the concepts of inclusion and belonging, but my partner and I both felt there are other books we have that have a more engaging story line with the same/similar intent.

cdorrahs

Review posted January 21, 2022

5

Delightful! Beautiful illustrations and a charming presentation of the message that we can all belong.

sfaherty15

Review posted January 19, 2022

4

Love this book! Used it in my classroom with my students and they also loved it!

rainynavarro

Review posted December 30, 2021

5

Very sweet book with a great message! My preschoolers loved the bright colors and the fact that they could "read along" by repeating the main catchphrase.

wilbautu

Review posted December 17, 2021

4

This is a wonderful book about inclusivity for children. I've read it to all of my kiddos, ranging from 3-10 and they all take something away from it. I've loaned it out to friends to as well!

Jzkylano

Review posted November 22, 2021

3

I thought this was a generally good book but I wish it landed a bit harder on the “both”/“all” message.

Annalesezamora

Review posted November 19, 2021

5

Great book

LelaniaKetola

Review posted November 15, 2021

5

This book is so cute and inclusive. Definitely recommend.

EmilyBrunkhorst

Review posted November 11, 2021

4

This book shows the harshness of not being accepted by others and encourages individuals to seek out other healthful inclusive communities. Also, another lesson is to not punish your persecutors. Pretty good way to help give children a new perspective.

nonirose

Review posted November 11, 2021

5

This book is excellent for my granddaughter, who just turned five. Her mother is non-binary and she is just now beginning questions. She was having a time how to explain and the book gave her the tools for the simple beginning. It will help tremendously later as my granddaughter grows. The art is beautiful and and not overwhelming.

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Review posted November 9, 2021

4

Cute and short story about accepting people who are different and that there is a place in the world for everyone. I loved that at the end the character who was hurt forgave the people who were hurtful and welcomed them to the Land of All.

HeidiVenture

Review posted October 18, 2021

5

I enjoy reading this book to my grandboy. It's a fun way to think about how everyone is a unique individual, and maybe we don't have to put them in little boxes.

JulieAnne2

Review posted October 13, 2021

5

The book Neither was well received and read over and over by the children I work with. The colors are vibrant and the story is simple, but specific, and allows the children to learn acceptance of all individuals living together!

hersey2

Review posted October 8, 2021

4

This is a colorful, beautiful book celebrating an animal world where all are welcome, after rabbits and birds said the character is not rabbity enough and not birdy enough.

JJDittmer

Review posted October 1, 2021

5

Loved it!

nicholleslie22

Review posted September 17, 2021

4

Simple read for small children. Great book showing diversity and acceptance within our differences. Can’t wait to share it with my classroom to see what the children get out of it!

Cayala

Review posted September 16, 2021

5

I loved the colorful illustrations and the upbeat message of the book. There is a place for everyone in the world.

sweety95838

Review posted September 16, 2021

4

my kids loved this book

wasabijones

Review posted September 11, 2021

5

The "doodles" in this book are stellar. And, it worked great to have a conversation with my 9 and 11 year old about lots of areas where we have binary thinking. So grateful to have this in our collection!

Toby Abraham-Rhine

Review posted September 8, 2021

5

This is an excellent addition to my counseling library and perfect for the wonderful diversity at my new school. I can’t wait to read it with my students. I was wondering if the author was going to resolve the exclusiveness of the opening main groups of characters by making them see their ignorant ways. She does not do that. Perhaps this children’s book reflects the reality that we often cannot change the minds of those who exclude others just because and so we must carry on and find our own place in the world where all are accepted. Very much looking forward to how my students react!

MleNew24

Review posted September 3, 2021

5

My daughter really enjoyed this book. The vibrant colors and pictures really drew her in.

rowel

Review posted August 27, 2021

5

This book has bright and vibrant illustrations. It would be great to reinforce and teach kindness to all humans. It encourages the the reader to look beyond a persons differences.

asmith

Review posted August 24, 2021

5

Love this book! The colors are so vibrant and the story line is so sweet <3

chasteenbrazil

Review posted August 23, 2021

4

Great children’s book we looked it

KendraSchroeder

Review posted August 22, 2021

5

Airlie Anderson's Neither takes readers on a journey starting from the land of This or That. What to do and where to go when you are not This and not That? Neither finally finds it's place in the Land of All where everyone is welcome. I enjoyed the story and the message that all kinds belong. I think this would be a great read aloud for elementary students early in the year.

Ctkachenko

Review posted August 18, 2021

4

This book has a very important message about bullying someone who isn’t like you and may not fit in how you think they should. Everyone has a place in this world, a place you’ll feel accepted.

picturetaker1979

Review posted August 18, 2021

5

What a sweet book! Perfect for letting kids know that everyone belongs and everyone in special. Bright, fun illustrations full of cute animals and a fun story.

Susan Pinnock

Review posted August 17, 2021

5

I love this book. It is so awesome to share this story with each and every child that has a unique life. I have a new grandson that has unique features and I look forward to continuing to read this to him as he grows and understands.

ariannbolton

Review posted August 13, 2021

5

This book is a lovely story that celebrates diversity. My kiddo loved the bright colors and cute animals. Lots of fun!

amercier

Review posted August 12, 2021

5

This is a beautiful book about inclusivity and accepting everyone for who they are, not rejecting them because they don't fit into a preconceived box of "this" or "that" The art in this book is beautifully done and drives the point home. I love the hidden pretzel man on the last pages, those are all such cute animals!

Lgaspar89

Review posted August 5, 2021

5

Very colorful illustrations my son loved the book

kbradley

Review posted July 28, 2021

5

Neither is a wonderfully written children's book that I could see being used in a variety of lessons, specifically relating to diversity and inclusion, acceptance and kindness, and culture or gender identity.

sarahsabri

Review posted July 28, 2021

5

Loved this. Love the concept of “neither” rather than “different” in explaining that others are not the same. It has a great message and sweet illustrations.

katieelaina

Review posted July 22, 2021

5

This is a great book! I teach kindergarten and my students loved it. The lesson works for so many things and is relatable for kids and adults alike.

nikkimoo2

Review posted July 16, 2021

5

This is a great book with bright colors and a wonderful message about diversity and inclusion!

kennedyc

Review posted July 16, 2021

4

Quick read with a nice message about inclusivity.

jlhendren

Review posted June 30, 2021

5

This is just a really awesome book! I would highly recommend this book!

kleroy92

Review posted June 30, 2021

5

This book gives an enlightening perspective on what it means to be different and for people to accept you the way you are.

Danielle

Review posted June 25, 2021

5

What a great way to introduce the topic of identity and how it can extend beyond social norms. Great book to spur discussion and empathy.

CHANELC

Review posted June 17, 2021

4

Very cute story, simple but yet so much knowledge for little ones

Stacy Armstrong

Review posted June 17, 2021

5

I really enjoyed this book. It took the themes of uniqueness and inclusivity and presented them in a simple, eye catching story. A delight to read and share with others!

AmandaAdams

Review posted June 17, 2021

5

A simple and delightful approach to inclusivity and diversity. I love that this message can be applied to any "other-isms," and I can't wait to share this with the kids I work with struggling to fit in.

Hilary

Review posted June 17, 2021

5

My kindergartner immediately grabbed this book and read it to me. She has since read it dozens of times. She uses different voices for the characters- sounding mean when the characters are being unfair, hurt when the main character is being treated unfairly. I didn’t talk with her about the story before she started this. It is just so accessible that she understood the concepts. Since then, she has started to include “they” in conversations. For example, she explained to me that she just visited fairyland (she loves fairies and pretends this often) where there are girl fairies, boy fairies and they fairies. Everyone is welcome!

Seacro07

Review posted June 12, 2021

5

A delight tale about accepting and celebrating diversity. A wonderful story that shows children that it is important to be you.

11alondra

Review posted June 7, 2021

5

I really liked this book. everything about this book is awesome. What I enjoyed was the message it sends to children and how amazing the illustrations are.

RedHawkCoach

Review posted June 7, 2021

4

"Neither" is a story about opening one's mind to differences. It has heartbreaking moments of cruelty to a character that is different from the rest. With fairly simple art, there is anger drawn on the faces of the "normal" characters who can't believe that the "different" character would even try to be a part of their world. Then, readers are uplifted by an entire land of unusual characters who accept and welcome all. The main character who has been hurt so bad struggles to accept this reality at first, but then comes full circle to forgive and accept even the ones who hurt them directly. It challenges readers to question which character they are, or how they would react in the same scenarios.

Kidletcorner

Review posted June 2, 2021

5

This book is great for showing the beauty of inclusion of all. It follows a creature that is a mix of two others. The creature is excluded for this only to find a place where everyone is welcome regardless. This leads the creature to see it's own self worth rather than value as compared to others. It also sets a good example for young children regarding how we choose to treat those that have excluded us in the past. I believe this is a great book for early education ages 3-5 but the lesson would be valuable even beyond.

kkrato

Review posted May 31, 2021

4

This cute book is a great way to look at how we categorize people. It is a great way to start conversations on people who feel they don't fit in because of societal expectations especially regarding gender and race.

Cindy Miller

Review posted May 28, 2021

5

I just read Neither by Arlie Anderson. I have been looking for books that have the theme of inclusion and this books is exactly what I wanted. It has bright colors and is simple in text, so perfect for the students I work with as well as my 2 grandchildren. I highly recommend it to parents and teachers alike.

swaldrop17

Review posted May 7, 2021

4

This book would be a perfect beginning of the year read aloud. It is a beautiful depiction of how differences can be a good thing.

Taher

Review posted May 6, 2021

5

What an excellent book about diversity, challenges, and acceptance. My daughter loves reading this book.

crismanc

Review posted May 6, 2021

5

GREAT BOOK FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES I read it with my four year old and he loved it. He loved the many different characters/animals. I loved how it approaches the idea of celebrating differences and diversity. We will definitely refer back to it in teaching moments through the years

Sdalisky

Review posted May 5, 2021

5

A great book for young children on the importance of including every and celebrating differences.