Howie’s Broken Hee-Haw


  • Fear of failure
  • Being different 
  • Inferiority
  • Inclusion
  • Shame
  • Grief
  • Fear




Howie has a broken Hee-Haw and it makes him MAD! No matter how much he practices, he can’t get it right. This new take on the story of Palm Sunday will delight children as they laugh through silly hee-haws, feel sad with Howie when he sees himself as a failure, and cheer him on as he faces his fears and carries Jesus into Jerusalem. Children will relate to Howie’s story and look to him for encouragement when they’re afraid or feel inferior. They’ll learn they aren’t broken either, but unique and of great value because Jesus made them. 

Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference 2023 Directors’ Choice Awards

Children’s 2nd Place

Royal Dragonfly Awards 

Honorable Mention in 3 Categories:



New Author: Fiction

Firebird Book Award Winner 

Children Religion 



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Praise for Howie’s Broken Hee-Haw:

With a special message for every child, Howie’s Broken Hee-Haw is at once heartfelt and SO FUN to read aloud! I can only imagine the braying parents and resultant laughter, engaging story times and teaching conversations that will come out of Siler’s fresh take on the timeless story of God’s love.

NYT bestselling author Tosca Lee

Howie and his “Hee-Hawer” will melt your heart. This little donkey is adorable and completely relatable to kids everywhere. Josie and Howie remind us all that we were created unique and on purpose.

Melissa J. MacDonald, Children’s Ministry Expert

Josie’s book Howie’s Broken Hee-Haw is such a delight! It brought a big smile to my face as I read it and I can’t wait to include in my children’s book collection! I know my kids will love repeating Howie’s special Hee-Haw over and over and I love that I can use the book to teach them about Jesus’ unconditional love for them!

Lindsey Bonnice, author of “The Sweet Fluff

Fall in love with a little donkey named Howie! Howie’s Broken Hee-Haw is a charming story of how Jesus makes even “broken” things beautiful. A delightful read for parents and children alike.

Rachel Anne Ridge, speaker, creativity coach, and author of three donkey books including Flash, the Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me About Life, Faith, and Second Chances