Paintings by Steve Johnson with Lou Fancher

first nightSimply, and reverently, this book recounts the story of Jesus’ birth. The spare text and luminous paintings capture the feeling and wonder of that first night for children and adults alike. Published in eight languages from Afrikaans to Zulu, French to Xhosa, and reprinted in Parents Magazine,

THE FIRST NIGHT is now available in a new hardcover edition.



This Nativity tale evokes pleasing sense of mystery. Understated language conveys the essential awe of this and all other births…” – Publisher’s Weekly

”A lyrical and balanced text… endpapers surround the story with a joyful note of celebration and highlight the simplicity within.” – School Library Journal

”…an elegantly simple introduction to the Nativity...conveys the beauty, warmth and wonder of Jesus’ birth.” –Notes from the Windowsill

”Glows with childlike innocence and joy… hauntingly beautiful” – The Horn Book