Kookabuk Shares His Shovel by Kevin Howard and Jesse Howard ;  illustrated by Lorain Dean

This is a very nice story. Kookabuk and Emily are friends. Kookabuk doesn’t always make friends easily because he has some learning problems. This book helps Kookabuk learn to share with Emily. I liked the illustrations also. I received this ebook from Smith publicity and Netgalley for a fair and honest opinion.
Continue to follow the Kookabuk Shares his Shovel blog tour tomorrow with “Black is the new AP Style.


Kookabuk Shares His Shovel

By Kevin Howard & Jesse Howard




​What does it take to make a positive impact on someone in need? As Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph demonstrated, sometimes something as simple as sharing a lunch table with a lonely child can make all the difference. Social stories such as this one can have a widespread impact, educating and inspiring us on how to act with compassion towards those who need it most.  

Enter The Kooky Adventures of My Friend Kookabuk series by brother-author duo Jesse and Kevin Howard, an inspiring, educational collection of social stories created as a guide to help parents and their special child approach new experiences and challenges in a positive, enriching way. The series, inspired by Kevin’s experiences with his son and Jesse’s background as a special education teacher, utilizes creative storytelling and unique illustrations to teach children to act with understanding and compassion in challenging social situations.

In Kookabuk Shares His Shovel, the first installment of the series, heroine Emily helps her friend Kookabuk learn how to share one of his most prized possessions—a green shovel. While most children are inherently very protective of their toys, Kookabuk’s reaction against sharing is elevated and prolonged. Fearful that Emily is confused and afraid to play with her son, Kookabuk’s mother steps in to guide their social interaction.

The stories featured in The Kooky Adventures of My Friend Kookabuk series are not the only things inspired by real-life situations; Kookabuk himself was modeled after a figure near and dear to the heart of co-author Kevin Howard.

​”Kookabuk was a doll given to me during an extended stay in the hospital as a little boy,” Kevin reveals. “One morning in the hospital a friend of my father’s woke me. Hanging on the curtain rod around my bed was a wiry monkey doll. My father’s friend proceeded to tell me a wonderful story about how Kookabuk was there to help me get better. Of course I loved Kookabuk from that moment and he became an indelible source of friendship and strength. Fast forward to adulthood, I always wanted to write children’s stories using Kookabuk to help others as he helped me. I really never knew the storyline, but knew that I wanted to share Kookabuk with everyone.”

A unique take on a children’s illustrated book, Kookabuk Shares His Shovel features beautifully drawn illustrations on top of photographs, inserting the magic of Kookabuk into the real world. A must-have for librarians, educators, parents and relatives of both special needs and neurotypical children everywhere, topics and themes explored in Kookabuk Shares His Shovel include: 

• The power of using social stories as tools to help children prepare to succeed in new situations

• Why it is important for parents and caregivers to act as facilitators of social interactions for their special children

• See the child first— a reminder for parents and caregivers to see the child before the special needs

• Emily (the neurotypical child in the story) as a hero that other children like her can learn patience, understanding, and compassion from


Jesse Howard is a special education teacher in Westchester County, NY who received his Masters in Education (Childhood/Early Childhood/Students with Disabilities) from Manhattanville College. Raised in a family of special education teachers who embraced their passion to live a life devoted to the well being of all children, his career has focused mainly on early childhood and students with disabilities. He made learning creative and experiential for his students and developed a strong connection with parents. Realizing the importance of the role of the parent as “First Teacher,” Jesse encouraged parents that time spent reading with children was a critical as well as a rewarding experience. From these experiences, plus his love of writing, grew the foundation of his philosophy surrounding the Kookabuk series. 


Kevin Howard graduated twice from the University of South Florida, receiving both a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Education. He spent the first 14 years of his early professional life in private industry, and is now approaching his 20th year as a public school teacher, trainer, and coach. While his resume is packed with a wealth of experience and education, Kevin confesses that his most rewarding experience has come from fatherhood and being the parent to a child with Autism. Kevin created and co-authored The Kooky Adventures of My Friend Kookabuk to share the knowledge he gained raising his son. The Kookabuk series is a collection of social stories that serve as a source of information, inspiration, and guidance for parents and children alike.


For more information, connect with Jesse and Kevin on their website, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Kookabuk Shares His Shovel is now available on Amazon and CreateSpace.


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