About the Team

sherry2Author, Sherry Bushue was born with a quill instead of a silver spoon. She can be found writing with everything from a stick in the sand to the back of her hand. Her creative works are inspired by vividly colorful dreams, her enchanting family and an insatiably inquisitive nature. Sherry is published in children’s books, magazines, newspapers, and poetry collections. Her triple major led to post graduate studies focusing on children’s education. Her approach embraces bilingual children’s picture books with whimsical and fascinating presentations that teach all levels.


Deb McQueenIllustrator, Deb McQueen was one of the original company founders. Deb currently illustrates children’s books for The Little Fig, LLC. Deb is extremely talented in drawing characters with expressive personalities. Her entertainment company, The Fine Tooners, finds marketing opportunities in the most unexpected places. Deb’s illustration successes include “The Education of Nagomo”, once displayed in the Smithsonian Institute.


Cassie-caricatureIllustrator, Cassie Allen, a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, specializes in illustrations and creative writing. Her artistic eye for color composition is amazing. As a professional graphic designer she seeks to blend her drawing practice with her design experience. Personal works include an interpretive rendition of the Mona Lisa, currently on display with the works of Da Vinci: The Exhibition at Union Station in Kansas City.


marlee coyneMarlee Coyne is The Little Fig’s Spanish translator and voiceover talent. She teaches Spanish to high school students in the Blue Valley School District. Marlee is the voice on the internet readings in both Spanish and English. She speaks multiple languages and brings pure joy to all who have the pleasure to work with her.


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Musician, Jennifer Smith, composes The Little Fig’s delightful jingles and creative lyrics. Her cheerful vocals, combined with husband Alex’s Djembe drum accompaniment, inspire learning and even some dancing. She and her beautiful family reside in the Kansas City area.