Joanna Gaines' first children's book is about her family garden and 'what a gift life is'

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Joanna Gaines' first children's book is about her family garden and 'what a gift life is'

Gaines wrote "We are the Gardeners" and her children are credited as co-authors. Gardens teach children about "what a gift life is," Gaines said.

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I guess it's understandable Joanna Gaines might need a little help writing a children's book. I mean, she has five kids, including a baby, a new TV show coming, a lifestyle line at Target and a multitude of other business deals.

So, for her first children's book, "We Are The Gardeners," Gaines enlisted her older children — Drake, 13, Ella, 12, Duke, 9, and Emmie Kay, 8 — to help her. They appear as co-authors of the book and artist Julianna Swaney brings their garden world to life in colorful, whimsical watercolors.

The book is set to be released on March 26, but is available for pre-order for $20 on Amazon now.

We are beyond excited, whether we have any green thumb to speak of, because when Gainesthis week she shared that working together and never giving up is at the book's heart. That's a message we can get behind!

"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!"

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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.

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Explain to your kids why values are important. The simple answer: When you're kind, generous, honest, and respectful, you make the people around you feel good. More important, you feel good about yourself.

Families can start their own gardens

In the book, the Gaines family works to cultivate their garden through ups and downs (pesky bunnies!). The Gaines family and the book's publishers hope families will be inspired to start their own gardens after reading the story.

"Families will delight in reading the story together and create happy memories by starting their own gardens. What fun for children to discover their green thumbs as a result of reading 'We Are the Gardeners!'" said Laura Minchew, senior vice president and publisher of Tommy Nelson Children’s Books, in a news release.

Gaines said that gardens are teachers that reinforce "what a gift life is."

"Where every day can be a lesson in hard work, and sometimes even in failure, but where there’s also growth worth celebrating. This book is our way of sharing what the garden means to us, and the many adventures we’ve had along the way!”

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I guess I should go eat a salad or something... #goplantagarden

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