Joanna Gaines releases new children's book 'We are the Gardeners'

It seems the Joanna Gaines influence has extended far beyond our kitchen, overall home aesthetic and television screens: The home improvement guru has now earned a well-deserved spot on our kid's bookshelves. 

This week, Gaines released her highly-anticipated picture book "We Are The Gardeners," which was written in tandem with her four oldest kids, Duke, Drake, Ella and Emmie. The story, which chronicles the challenges and rewards of starting and growing their farm's garden, has been in the works for over a year. Whimsical watercolor illustrations portray how the garden has grown far beyond a family project.

"When I started to ask for their help in the garden, I found that, like me, as soon as their hands hit the soil they were hooked," the mom-of-five writes in a blog post. "Over the years, we’ve had to learn by trial and error because a garden is hard work—plain and simple. There have been times where we’ve all been frustrated and could have thrown in the towel, but thankfully, the garden has always called us back."

Related: Wild facts you didn't know about "Fixer Upper"

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They both attended Baylor University, but the two actually didn't meet in school! 

Jo's father owned tire shop and he saw a picture of her hanging behind the store counter. He convinced himself he was gonna marry Jo even before they had actually met.

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Jo was a communications major at Baylor University and she had dreams of becoming a broadcast journalist. 

Before getting her big break on "Fixer Upper," she actually appeared in commercials for her father's tire shop. Chip eventually used the commercial in a pick-up line when they first met ... and the rest is history!

As for Chip, he had other aspirations, like being a baseball player or politician. 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Chip stays loyal to his favorite clothing brands. In fact, he's worn the same style of jeans and boots since they got married in 2003 -- Gap 1969 standard-fit jeans and Ariat boots.

His ladylove, on the other hand, prefers Citizen low-rise skinny jeans and Frye boots. 

As you can probably tell from all their renovations on "Fixer Upper," Jo loves to decorate with pretty blooms and greenery. Her favorite flower? Pink antique roses.
Chip and Jo's Pinterest-perfect farmhouse sits on 40 acres of land, which is just big enough for their 60 animals to roam around in.
Jo knew the value of hard work even when she was very young. Her first job? At an all-you-can-eat buffet. To this day, she says still appreciates buffet lines, but her husband has different thoughts on the matter.

The couple's first fixer-upper home? Their very own abode that they started working on soon after their honeymoon. The 1,700-square-foot Victorian home they currently live in is the ninth home they've lived in and renovated together.

The name "Magnolia," which they named all their businesses after (Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market, Magnolia Farms) holds a special meaning. When they first started dating, Chip would bring blooms from Magnolia trees to Jo.

The Gaines family doesn't own a television! They go over to a friend's house every week to watch their own "Fixer Upper" episodes or in their hotel room during trips.

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According to the matriarch of the "Fixer Upper" family, all of her kids have played a part in the book's creation and are each portrayed in the story, baby Crew included. "We actually started this project before we knew Crew would be joining the family," reveals Gaines. 

"My hope for this book is that it inspires families to want to get out and connect in fun, creative ways—whether or not it’s in the garden," she said. "It could be sewing or painting or cooking together. Whatever it may be, at the end of the day there’s always something to learn and I believe taking the time to try something new together makes it all the more meaningful."

You can purchase your copy of the book here

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