Title: Kookabuk Share His Shovel
Authors: Kevin Howard and Jesse Howard
In Kookabuk Shares His Shovel, the first installment of the The Kooky Adventures of My Friend Kookabuk 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.
I really enjoyed this book, as did my three year old daughter. My boyfriend has Asperger’s Syndrome and he really felt connected with Kookabuk’s personality. He said it wasn’t always easy for him to discern why it was important for him to look at people when he spoke to them or why it was important for him to share. My daughter wants to hang the sharing poem up in our house just in case she forgets! We read a lot in our home and because of that she has become quite picky about books so for her to enjoy it as much as she did (we read it 9 times in 4 days) then that is really saying something towards the quality of this book. All three of us really loved that the artwork was done over pictures of an actual park. My daughter said, “Kookabuk is in my park, Mom!” and I think that is one of the reasons we got hooked! We were able to connect the book to something she was familiar with, that and the sharing struggle. I can’t wait to read more from these authors.
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.
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.