We’ve followed the Gaines family as they’ve turned run-down shacks into gorgeous homes on Fixer Upper, stocked up on home supplies when they released their home line at Target, and cheered as they welcomed the newest member, Crew, into their family. Now, we can learn all about their outdoor escapades in Joanna Gaines’ brand-new children’s book, We Are the Gardeners, which she co-wrote with her kids, Drake, Duke, Emmie Kay, and Ella Rose.
The book documents the family’s experiences gardening at their family farm, a story, Gaines wrote on Instagram, which has been filled with “trying and failing and trying again and never giving up.”
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Today’s the day! We get to finally share this project the kids and I have been working on! ⠀ ⠀ We wrote this children’s book together to tell the story of our journey in the garden – a story of trying and failing and trying again and never giving up. We hope it inspires you and your little ones to get outside, get your hands dirty, and grow something great! ⠀ ⠀ We Are The Gardeners comes out March 26th! Pre-order a copy at the link in profile.
“The garden has always been a place that inspires me,” the Magnolia co-founder said in a press release. “There’s something about digging deep into fresh soil or watching new life burst from what was not long ago just a tiny seed that reinforces what a gift life is. I think that’s part of why my kids have come to love spending time in the garden just as much as I do.”
Gaines, who often documents her kids picking vegetables, gathering fresh eggs, and helping with the family’s many pets (including dogs, cats goats, horses, cows, chickens, and turkeys) on her Instagram page, added that gardening “can be a great teacher if we pause long enough to notice all there is to learn.”
Illustrator Julianna Swaney made the book even more special for the Gaines’ by painting the entire family in their element — and, yes, even Chip makes an appearance.
This isn’t the first time the Gaines’ have dipped their feet into the publishing world. Joanna has released three page-turners — Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave, Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering, and The Magnolia Story — while Chip debuted his first solo book, Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff, in 2017. Considering how well each of those books did, we have no reason to doubt that We Are the Gardeners won’t fly off the shelves.
Though the book doesn’t come out until spring, you might want to start dusting off your watering tins and gardening tools now as JoJo’s green thumb is likely contagious. And, if it’s been a while since you got your hands dirty, might we suggest beginning with a succulent, one of the easiest plants to maintain?
We Are the Gardeners comes out on March 26 and is available for preorder on Amazon now.
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