Crowds leave 'inspired' on night one of Joanna Gaines' children's book launch

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Everything Joanna Gaines touches seems to turn to gold - but right now she's trying to turn things green!

Gaines launched her new children's book "We Are the Gardeners" during a special, two-night event at the Magnolia Silos Thursday night.

"I really do feel like this is a book that both kids and parents will enjoy!” Gaines told KWTX in an exclusive statement.

The mother of five who can do it all - design, television, business, and more - can now add 'children's author' to her overflowing resume.

"I wanted to make sure this book kept children engaged and interested," said Gaines.

She says she created the book for her children, and with her children, in hopes it would help other kids enjoy reading and strengthen family bonds.

"I loved getting to work on this project with my kids, listening to their thoughts and understanding their perspectives was so helpful," Gaines said in the statement to KWTX. "I also knew I wanted to create something that would simply help parents connect creatively with their kids."

Thousands packed the grounds at the Silos to hear Gaines chat about the book - and life - with ESPN's Samantha Ponder.

Besides the book, Ponder asked Gaines about everything from motherhood to her hair (which is all natural), to her favorite music (jazz), to gardening.

"Really, the garden is just one of my places to get away," said Gaines.

When asked about her new baby boy Crew, Gaines said he's taught her how to cherish every moment.

"I've been trying to just step back, just find the wonder in life in the simplest form," said Gaines.

Sources said baby Crew makes an appearance in the audio version of "We Are the Gardeners."

The book illustrates the challenges and obstacles the Gaines family went through when trying to grow their own garden, leaving readers with a message of perseverance: to not give up.

Gaines told the audience about a failure of her own: when she and her sister attempted to run a vending machine business, unsuccessfully.

"Failure is a good thing, it all comes back," Gaines told the crowd Thursday.

Attendees said they left with much more than the book they bought.

"I don't know how to describe it, it was just really inspiring, and knowing how much she's done for everyone else...just really great," said Kelsie Pasley.

Pasley, a high-schooler from Kansas who was there with her twin sister Hallie on Spring Break, said their mother surprised them with the tickets to hear Joanna speak.

"Knowing that we could do something like what she's doing... it was just pretty great," Pasley said of Gaines' remarks.

Magnolia Market at the Silos closed early Thursday, and will do the same Friday for night-two of the book launch event.

Click the "Find It" button on the KWTX homepage for more information about the event.