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written by Tina Mowrey

illustrated by Vineet Siddhartha  

When Jasmyn’s teacher assigns a family tree project to the class, Jasmyn can’t help but feel uneasy. She loves her family, but she’s not sure how everyone fits together. Jasmyn is especially unsure about where to place her birth parents. To complete her project, Jasmyn must look at her tree in a different way. 

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Meet the Author

A transplant from Massachusetts, Tina lives in Austin, Texas, where the sun shines bigger and brighter! Having been a singer/songwriter for years, Tina decided to put pen to paper and try her hand at picture book writing. It was much harder than expected, but she’s loved it from the start. When she isn’t writing picture books, Tina spends her time working as an eighth-grade language arts teacher and keeping up with her family of four humans and five pets!

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Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, E-book

Pages:  32

ISBN HC: 978-1-953021-26-7

ISBN PB: 978-1-953021-27-4

ISBN EB: 978-1-953021-28-1

Release Date: 2/8/2022


“As an adoptee, it is refreshing to see a picture book that encourages families to love all parts of the family. Tina’s work to center an adoptee’s voice offers a beautiful view of how care and communication can help adopted children flourish with openness.”

—Melissa Guida-Richards, author of What White Parents Should Know About Transracial Adoption


My Family Tree Has Roots is a sweet, empowering story that lovingly tackles the dynamics of an adopted child’s family tree.” 

—Noreen Paulson, author of Benny’s True Colors and What’s Silly Hair Day with No Hair 


“Tina Mowrey has written a beautiful story that shows how children can struggle to reconcile their connection with their biological and adoptive families in something as simple as a school assignment.  She found a way for Jasmyn to honor everyone who has helped shape her life. This story will provide adoptive children with a sense of pride and integrity. As an adoptive parent, I consider this book a must-read with adoptive children.”

—Andrea Bright-Fontana, foster/adoptive parent

Meet the Illustrator

Born in 1982 in Lucknow city, India, Vineet Kumar Siddhartha is known for his acute attention to form. He earned his master of fine arts in the late 2000s and has worked in various design firms and animation studios. He has also illustrated numerous children’s books and comic books and won multiple awards for his work, which has been published all around the world.

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