We Are the Gardeners

We Are the Gardeners

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In We Are the Gardeners, Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From their failed endeavors, obstacles to overcome (bunnies that eat everything!), and all the knowledge they've gained along the way, the Gaines family shares how they learned to grow a happy, successful garden. As it turns out, trying something new isn't always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward. There are always new lessons to be learned in the garden!

You and your children can learn all about the Gaines family's story of becoming gardeners in Joanna's first children’s book—starting with the first little fern Chip bought for Jo. Over the years, the family's love for gardening blossomed into what is now a beautiful, bustling garden.

Julianna Swaney’s illustrations bring the Gaines family garden to life with colorful, whimsical watercolors and invite you to enjoy the beauty of a thriving garden.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400314225
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 10,219
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Joanna Gaines is the co-founder of Magnolia, a home and lifestyle brand that she started with her husband, Chip, in 2003. She is the bestselling author of The Magnolia Story, Magnolia Table, and Homebody, as well as editor-in-chief of Magnolia Journal, a lifestyle magazine offering inspiration for your life and home. The Gaineses, along with their five kids, live on a farm in Waco, Texas, where they enjoy caring for their bustling family garden.


Julianna Swaney is an illustrator whose work is inspired by whimsical details of daily life and the fairy tales she loved reading as a child. She grew up homeschooled, which allowed free range for her imagination and interests in folklore, nature, and history. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she illustrates children’s books and works in her garden. Her delicate illustrations are created using watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil.

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We Are the Gardeners 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
StephanieCherry 3 days ago
This book is darling. I love the character building story. It is a great reminder to me as an adult that even when things come against us, we are the cultivators of our space. We have the charge of trying again when we fail and protecting the things in our care.
Musicalmomreads 5 months ago
Two loves: Joanna Gaines and Julianna Sweeney! I follow both on Instagram and I'm familiar with their work and backgrounds separately. I was delighted to hear of their collaboration on this book and I could not love it more. The story is family-friendly and pairs so nicely with Julianna's charming illustrations. It truly makes you believe in a world outside of devices and technology and I couldn't love it more. We Are the Gardeners is a story for families and children who love to create and innovate in their own backyards.
Isabelle Wagner 7 months ago
We Are The Gardeners by Joanna Gaines is a cute little book about the joys of gardening. It also teaches children not to give up when little setbacks happen but to persevere and push through until they succeed. The illustrations are very cute and the writing is easy to understand. I really enjoyed this book.
Creative2xmom 10 months ago
In Joanna Gaines' first children's book, We Are the Gardeners, the reader is introduced to the trials and triumphs of a family garden. From the first little fern that Chip gifted to his wife, to the full outdoor garden that it inspired, the Gaines family learns a number of lessons, both in gardening and in overcoming obstacles. This book is a sweet story about a gardening, working together as a family, and never letting failures define the journey. Whether you're looking to encourage a young gardener or just looking to help your children pick up from a set back, We Are the Gardeners would make a wonderful read. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
JAMuckley 10 months ago
"We are the Gardeners" by Joanna Gaines and kids is a lovely children's book about gardening and growing plants from seeds into a beautiful array of life to be enjoyed. The book includes many lessons about gardening, such as making the conditions just right with the water and sunlight provided to grow things. Other lessons include the need to protect your garden so that it is not ruined by invaders. Your garden has both good guys like ladybugs and worms that keep your garden healthy and bad guys like aphids and rabbits that could threaten all the work you've put in to make your garden. There are new applicable life lessons on every page to teach kids about gardening and life. The illustrations are beautiful and the message is inspiring! I received this eBook free of charge from Thomas Nelson: Children's Books via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any fiscal compensation from either company for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
Stacy_Renee 11 months ago
Joanna Gaines and her kids chronicle their gardening adventures; from the lonely little fern that Chip brought home, to the sprawling gardens they have now. Through mistakes and heartaches, they persevere and continue their garden until they can finally reap the rewards of their hard work. This is a fantastic look at gardening, and one I haven't really encountered in picture books before but closely mirrors my own journey with the hobby. I did not grow up in a gardening household but I did learn to love plants from my own mother and started growing them myself as soon as I was free to. Fast forward to ten-plus years of gardening lessons learned and I have a space to grow plants, vegetables, and fruit trees and a daughter that loves to join in that I hope will learn from it just as much as I have. I really loved the focus on persevering with gardening, even after so many setbacks. I have dabbled in gardening since I was a young adult and learned many lessons from it and have many still to learn. It's very good advice to apply to all aspects of your life. Don't give up. Try again. You'll learn to do better. I will note that this picture book has absolutely no mention of religion. No dedications or quotes to, from, or about religion, which is something I haven't encountered before with Thomas Nelson books. The gorgeous illustrations and moral of the story make it worth the read!
ALTaylor More than 1 year ago
I love Joanna & Chip Gaines. I’ve watched every episode of Fixer Upper so many times it’s embarrassing to admit the actual number. I own many, many, many things from their Target line, Hearth & Hand. I, also, own all of their books. But. Even I, Fixer Upper Superfan, have been feeling a little hesitant about all of the new ventures the Gaines family keeps finding themselves in. So, honestly, I came to this book as a bit of a skeptic. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised. First off, the illustrations are ADORABLE. I would love to see Julianna’s illustrations in as many books as possible! And, I loved that the story itself was told from the perspective of the kids. While cute and fun to look at, in general, ‘Gardeners’ was also an excellent resource on how one goes about starting a garden with the reader’s own mom or dad. All in all, I would highly recommend this book – especially if your child is showing any interest in doing a little bit of gardening or even just about how things grow. Otherwise, the book may not be able to keep their attention. Though, for me, it’s worth the money for the illustrations alone. Thank You to Thomas Nelson Publishing and NetGalley for this digital copy to read and review!
Stephanie Guerra More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book that shows the beauty of a garden but also the failures that lead to that beautiful garden. It is great to use during Spring to teach growth mindset and the hardships that occur leading up to success.
Stonehawk More than 1 year ago
Love the book. Thought the story was cutesy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story about never giving up and how hard work and perseverance can accomplish your dreams and goals!