Books for Kids to Cope Now!
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 the four steps to apologizing: (1) say what you did; (2) tell how it made the other person feel; (3) say what you could have done instead; (4) make it up to the person. Zach Apologizesteaches children social skills using an apology strategy presented as the “four-square” apology, which is illustrated with prompts that kids will easily understand and remember.
For Zach, a class field trip to the museum is about more than cool exhibits—it’s about learning from mistakes and dealing with embarrassment. First he forgets to wear his field trip shirt, then he forgets the rule about not touching displays. His teacher helps him see that everyone makes mistakes—and how to use them to grow. Using an easy-to-remember tool, the Key to Mistakes, she shows Zach and readers a simple three-step process: Detect (find the reason for the mistake), Correct (fix the mistake if you can), and Reflect (think back about your mistake to find what you can learn from it). Backmatter includes a short note to help teachers, parents, counselors, and other adults reinforce the book’s messages and practice the skills with their kids.
Zoey Goes to the Hospital Dual-Language Book
(English and Spanish)
When Zoey gets pneumonia and has to stay in the hospital, she has only one thing on her mind—getting out of there! But after meeting super helpful nurses and aides and a child life specialist, Zoey begins to feel less afraid. The hospital staff and caregivers explain everything that Zoey can expect during her hospital stay, and they teach her ways to stay calm and cope with feeling anxious or afraid.
Zach and his family go to the beach, but Zach is having a lousy day. First, he dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. Then his best friend went to someone else’s birthday party instead of joining him. But most frustrating of all, he can’t get his kite to fly! Zach kicks sand, yells angry words, and asks his dad if they can just go home now. Instead, his dad teaches him a simple, three-step approach to get a handle on frustration and find a way to enjoy himself even when things aren’t going his way: (1) name it (why are you frustrated?); (2) tame it (self-regulation exercises such as deep breathing or visualization); (3) reframe it (change your thoughts to change your feelings). Zach Gets Frustrated teaches children social skills they will easily understand and remember. The three-point strategy is presented as the three corners of a triangle and is illustrated using the corners of Zach’s kite.
Zach has set a goal for himself—to get across the tricky trapeze rings on the playground. Every time he tries, he falls off before making it to the end. But with encouragement from his best friend Sonya and positive self-talk, Zach makes a plan to achieve his goal, adapts his plan along the way, and perseveres to the end. Zach feels so great about his success that he writes down the steps he used so he can repeat them next time he faces a tough challenge.
Zoey Goes to the Hospital Coloring Book Dual-Language Coloring Book (English and Spanish)
A companion coloring book to Zoey Goes to the Hospital, highlights pictures and concepts from the book.