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Zach learns how to make an apology.

Zach Apologizes

Zach Rules Series

illustrated by Darren McKee

When Zach shoves his little brother to the floor, he knows he did something wrong. Even so, it’s hard to apologize. Like any seven-year-old, Zach tries to ignore the problem, but finally, with his mom’s help, he learns how to make an apology in four steps: 
  1. say what you did
  2. name how it made the other person feel
  3. say what you could have done instead
  4. make it up to the person.
Zach Apologizes teaches children social skills using a strategy presented as the “four-square” apology. It is illustrated with prompts so kids will easily understand and remember how to make an apology.

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ISBN: 978-1-57542-389-0
Reading Level: Grade 2
Interest Level: Ages 5–8
Guided Reading Level: M
Lexile Measure: 540L
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 8.25" x 8.25"
Page Count: 32

Praise for Zach Apologizes
“Reading Zach Apologizes reopened my eyes to how absolutely critical it is to help kids go deeper when they are making amends. The ‘four-square apology’ helps kids have empathy about their actions . . . this is really going to stick with them.”—Roxanne Davidson, M.Ed., school counselor, Books That Heal Kids blog

“A great resource to teach kids how to apologize and we all know apologizing can be hard.”—Lori Calabrese, children’s book reviewer

“Suitable for classroom sharing or independent reading.”—School Library Journal

“Not only do the [Zach Rules] books discuss problems most youngsters have, they also give concrete strategies for solving them.”—Growing Book by Book

“Zach’s feelings are widely recognizable and will be familiar to readers. McKee’s brightly colored digital illustrations . . . do a good job of supporting the text and helping to teach the material. [T]his new series is a useful tool for teaching valuable skills.”—Kirkus

“The Zach Rules series does an impressive job covering the issues of anger and frustration—and the consequences that come with acting on them—in child-friendly terms. These books are a must-read for parents, educators, grandparents, and anyone who cares about helping young people become responsible, resilient, and compassionate human beings. I highly recommend this series.”—Barbara Coloroso, best-selling author of Kids Are Worth It! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline

“Zach does rule—these books are fun! They make important life skills easy to understand and do, and kids will get such a kick out of Zach, they won’t even know they’re learning.”—Dr. Michele Borba, parenting expert and author of No More Misbehavin’ and The Big Book of Parenting Solutions

Zach Apologizes is a wonderful skill-building resource to help young children easily learn how to make a sincere apology. I highly recommend it for both the home and the classroom!”—Trudy Ludwig, best-selling author of Sorry!

Download the teacher’s guide and a worksheet from the book.

  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    MS.1, MS.2
    BS.SMS.1, BS.SMS.2, BS.SMS.7, BS.SMS.9
    BS.SS.1, BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.4, BS.SS.5, BS.SS.6, BS.SS.7, BS.SS.8, BS.SS.9

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