Grandma’s Book Bag

My grandchildren like the three newest books in the bag book. They all have a gardening theme.

Jody’s Beans (Titus2’s Amazon Affiliate links are in this post, see our privacy policy) by Malachy Doyle is a delightful story of a grandpa and his granddaughter growing beans. The illustrations in this book are superb. It seems that several of our books, including this one, show pregnant mommies in them, and all my grandchildren notice and love that part. 

Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression tells the simple story of a little girl during the depression who ends up going with her parents from their home in Iowa to Idaho for two weeks for potato picking. In this book, too, the illustrations are fantastic.

We Are The Gardeners by Joanna Gaines is the story of a family’s love for gardening that starts with a potted plant purchased at the hardware store and eventually that love grows into a beautiful, productive garden. There are many lessons learned in the process. In this book, the baby in the garden at the end of the story is a big hit. The storyline of We Are The Gardeners is a little more in-depth than the other two books with a paragraph or two per page rather than a couple of sentences.

Trusting in Jesus,

“And every plant of the field before it was in the earth,
and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord
God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there
was not a man to till the ground.” Genesis 2:5

19 thoughts on “Grandma’s Book Bag”

  1. This is great you are reading to them. Developing a love of reading is a beautiful gift to impart to your grandchildren.

    1. I am guessing they would love reading even without me reading to them since they are always reading books on their own, but I sure love being part of that process!

    1. These books were extra special to me, too, because Melanie asked her sister, who loves children’s literature for recommendations, and because they were gardening themed. Nathan and Melanie gave the books to me this spring so we were reading them just as gardening season was starting.

  2. Hi Teri,

    these books look awesome! It is so nice to have families who invest in quality time with the grandchildren.

    Many blessings,


  3. That’s wonderful! I hadn’t realized Joanna Gaines had a children’s book. I have both my boys (5 and 3) out working in the garden with me. I’ll definitely look into this book.

  4. Thank you Teri for sharing!
    We already got and read “We are the gardeners” and love it. It is also perfect for English-as-a-foreign-language children like ours.
    Blessings from Europe,

  5. Hello Maxwell family,
    I have been following your blog since Susannah Joy was in the NICU. We don’t know each other, but I was a nicu baby myself (23 week preemie and given a 5% chance to live). I was homeschooled all the way through high school. Now I work in the same nicu I was born at. I am also a Christian, and hope that I can be a witness to others, let them know that God performs miracles and holds us all in the palm of His hand. (And also waiting for God to bring me the right man into my life.)
    I am just checking to see why no new blog posts. I’ve checked your blog everyday since my Mom introduced me to it while she was ordering books from you all.
    I think this might be the longest there’s never been a post! Again sorry for the lengthy message.

    1. We loved hearing about how God protected your life and is now using you in the NICU. Also, we were encouraged that the blog has been part of your daily life and that you missed seeing new posts. We found out that the blog isn’t refreshing for some as it should be. So if you are ever in doubt, do a hard refresh on your browser. (We have asked Jesse to add some code to make the refresh unnecessary.)


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