First Laugh Welcome, Baby!
Illustrated by Jonathan Nelson
Charlesbridge Publishing, 2018
First Laugh Welcome, Baby! is Nancy Bo Flood’s newest children’s book, co-written with the late Rose Ann Tahe. It illustrates the Navajo tradition of the first laugh ceremony, when the loved ones of a newborn baby anticipate the child’s first laugh with hope and joy. The book follows a family as each member tries to make the newest addition giggle. The first person to do so will host a special ceremony and hold a unique place in the baby’s life.
First Laugh has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection, Notable Social Studies Trade Book, 2018 Southwest Picks of the Year, New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, and a Bank Street Best Book for 2018. It was included in the prestigious White Raven List by the International Youth Library, one of 200 books on the list.