February 7, 2022

Finding Family Treasure Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway



Finding Family Treasure
Written by K. I. Knight and Jane R. Wood
Ages 7 and Up |
Publisher: Melting Pot Press LLC
142 Pages

Publisher’s Synopsis: 

“Who are we?” Ms. Johansson asks her class of fifth graders. Her perplexed students soon discover the lesson she wants them to learn. While studying the founding of their country, the class is challenged to understand the melting pot that makes up the American people-both past and present.

With the help of a genealogist, students learn to navigate websites that introduce them to written records that have documented their families’ histories. Because the class is comprised of students with roots to many nationalities and ethnic groups, including African American, Native American, Mexican, Cuban, Irish, Italian, Polish, Scandinavian, Lebanese, and Japanese immigrants, the diversity in their own class becomes apparent.

To assist in their research, the teacher gives the students an assignment of interviewing their parents and grandparents, to learn more about the members of their families. One by one, the young people hear family stories connecting them to America’s earliest immigrants and settlers. The students also learn about historical events their ancestors witnessed or experienced, including the early settlement of Virginia, the American Revolution, the Underground Railroad, the Trail of Tears, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, early immigration processing at Ellis Island, the Tuskegee Airmen, and the Holocaust.

As the story unfolds, some personal conflicts occur among the students, long-standing family tensions surface, and intergenerational relationships evolve. Complex issues such as privacy, adoption, diversity, immigration, slavery, and antisemitism are addressed in an age-appropriate manner.

Excited by what they have discovered, the students plan a program to share their findings with their families. Working together in small groups, they create a slide presentation of vintage photographs, a fashion show demonstrating various ethnic attire, music and food from different cultures, and visual displays showcasing military medals, artifacts, musical instruments, and family heirlooms.

Their family history project further inspires the students to want to do something more to honor past generations. With the help of a cemetery preservationist, they plan a clean-up day at a local graveyard in need of attention. Parents, grandparents, brothers, and sisters join the class on a Saturday to help restore the final resting place of those who came before them.

As a result of their research project, the students not only discover personal connections to the past but also, in some cases, to each other.

Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/33plpxw

Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9781737337102

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Finding Family Treasure is an interesting children's contemporary fiction book that introduces the topic of genealogy and family history to young readers. America's always been known as a "melting pot" of cultures, so learning about your heritage and family background is a very important part of everyone's life. I think introducing kids to these questions like Ms. Johansson did is a fantastic idea and one that should be encouraged. Genealogy is actually one of my favorite hobbies and I've loved learning about my ancestors and where they came from. The authors did a good job of introducing these important questions and topics in a fun and interesting way and I hope that it sparks the interest of the readers. I would recommend this book for younger readers who enjoy chapter books, contemporary fiction, and especially for the classroom.
Kathryn Knight
, who uses the pen name K I Knight, is an international award-winning Author, Genetic Genealogist, American Historian, Keynote Speaker, and Cemetery Preservationist. Over the last thirteen years, Knight has documented more than 20,000 hours researching the first recorded Africans to arrive in the English settlement of Virginia in 1619. Her passion is unrivaled and strongly evident in her published writings.

Her literary work includes Fate & Freedom, a five star – Gold medal historical trilogy detailing the lives of the 1619 Africans, as well as her nonfiction work, Unveiled – The Twenty and Odd, for which she was awarded the Phillis Wheatley Literary Award by the Sons and Daughters of the US Middle Passage.

Knight is a board member for several National Non-profit organizations and the member of numerous Genealogy, Historical and Literary Societies including the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society, Florida State Genealogy Society, Virginia Genealogy Society, Virginia Historical Society, Florida Historical Society, American Historical Association, Genealogy Speakers Guild, Association of Professional Genealogists, the Alliance of Independent Authors, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Director of 1619 Genealogy. The mother of three adult children, Knight, lives in North Florida with her husband, Tom.

For more information, visit firstfreedompublishing.com.

Jane R. Wood is the author of five award-winning juvenile fiction books where she weaves history and science into stories filled with mystery, adventure, and humor for young readers ages 8-14. Students like her books because they’re fun. Teachers like them for their educational value. Wood is a former teacher, newspaper reporter, and television producer. She has a BA from the University of Florida and an MEd from the University of North Florida. Wood lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and is the mother of two grown sons and five grandchildren.

To learn more about her and her books, go to her website at janewoodbooks.com.


Enter for a chance to win a copy of Finding Family Treasure, along with a 1-hour genealogy consultation!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • An autographed copy of Finding Family Treasure
  • A 1-hour genealogy consultation with Kathryn Knight, a genetic genealogist, and co-author of this book. Knight will provide guidance to establish a genealogy line for the recipient’s family, tailoring it to their needs.

Four (4) winners receive:

  • An autographed copy of Finding Family Treasure
 Finding Family Treasure: Book Giveaway


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The Children’s Book Review

Virtual Book Tour Kick-Off

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Shooting Stars Mag

A book review of

Finding Family Treasure

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Writer with Wanderlust

A guest article by K.I. Knight and Jane Wood

The Importance of Learning About Family History For Kids

Friday, January 28, 2022

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

A guest article by K.I. Knight and Jane Wood

Discussing Diversity and Family in the Classroom

Monday, January 31, 2022

The Fairview Review

A book review of

Finding Family Treasure

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

The Momma Spot

A book review of

Finding Family Treasure

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Heart to Heart

An author interview with

K.I. Knight and Jane Wood

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Lisa’s Reading

A book review of

Finding Family Treasure

Friday, February 4, 2022

Crafty Moms Share

A book review of

Finding Family Treasure

Monday, February 7, 2022

A Dream Within A Dream

A book review of

Finding Family Treasure

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

icefairy’s Treasure Chest

A guest article by K.I. Knight and Jane Wood

How Family Stories Connect Us

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Me Two Books

A book review of

Finding Family Treasure

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Because I Said So

A book review of

Finding Family Treasure


K. I. Knight, and Jane R. Wood for this blog tour.


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