October 22, 2020

First Laugh Welcome, Baby!

By Nancy Bo Flood’67 and Rose Ann Tahe
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.

Also In This Issue

  • Public health professionals Bobby Harris’08 and Shanna Dell’10 are working in a historic Baltimore hotel turned Covid respite center for people without a stable place to recover or isolate.

    In the Trenches in the Time of Covid

  • Students are expected to wear masks at all times on campus, indoors and outdoors, except when they are in their dorm rooms.

    At a Critical Moment, Students Rewrite Their Statement of Culture

  • After the college’s Black Lives Matter signs were removed, students added their own signs to the Powerhouse Bridge.

    Banners That Matter

  • DeVon Wilson’90 and his team ramped up their efforts to retain and recruit underrepresented students.

    Helping Students Succeed in a New Reality


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