The Little Fig’s journey began with a passion to reach out to children by publishing and packaging bilingual books in both English and their native language.
The Covid-19 pandemic, hurricanes, wildfires, refugees fleeing war and persecution, and young ones in Child Protective Services, all touched our hearts with a desire to do more.
We believe that even in the face of extreme challenges, learning provides hope. We continue to offer diverse, culturally authentic children’s books that entertain, teach concepts, facts, and language skills in formats designed to facilitate learning in ways that spark each child’s curiosity.
We now expand to provide necessary tools, processes, and services for learning and healing that enable children a simpler way to understand their condition and offer healthy coping strategies.
Our wish is to help children learn, to give them hope and the knowledge to exceed, so they may move forward with confidence.
Several organizations request The Little Fig’s development of multilingual works for children. We appreciate these and so many others who come to us, working together to promote literacy, ignite discovery, and inspire.
- The Little Fig, in collaboration with Park University, developed and instructed a Nonfiction Writers Intensive (NWI) that led to publication of several picture book biographies which show diversity in an authentic sharing of what is possible.
- Custom content of the Backpack Project for Minnesota’s Association of Children’s Mental Health provides SEL (social-emotional learning) books, enhanced curriculum guides, and comfort toys for refugee children from Somalia.
- The Bilingual Bash, co-sponsored with the Natural History Museum at Prairiefire, brought bilingual books to life through interactive movement, rhythm, and songs in both English and Spanish.
- Use of The Little Fig’s Mandarin picture books, developed for the Chinese Immersion Program in the Blue Valley School District, is ongoing.
- The Little Fig’s curriculum guides provide Common Core and STREAM aligned activities and templates that enhance cognitive skills and knowledge, offer social/emotional activities, and hands-on discovery.
The Little Fig works with authors and illustrators around the world to produce high-quality picture books, products and services that feature multiple languages, vibrant illustrations, curriculum guides, and related music therapy compositions.
Click here for free downloadable guides, Spanish read aloud, music jingles, activities, coloring pages and more.
The Little Fig is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for Greater Kansas City.
What products are offered?
Coming soon – global outreach programs and services to provide children with learning that promotes positive health and wellness.
What is the difference between publishing and packaging?
Traditional publishing – the manuscript or artwork, once accepted, is assigned to a team who completes the book in-house. The publishing house usually has the final word on cover design, title, back cover content, marketing and more. The process often takes 6 months to 2 years.
Packaging books / book producers – play an integral part in the publishing industry. Manuscripts and artworks are chosen a few ways. The Little Fig often receives a specific request from a larger publishing house to produce a book from concept to completion. In addition, we work with authors and illustrators globally to produce print-ready books that are then marketed to large, reputable publishing houses. Our team provides artists, authors, editors, researchers, graphic designers and more. The process from concept to print-ready is often completed within a year.
About the Founder
S. J. Bushue founded The Little Fig in 2014. Sherry was inspired by teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who had shared their concerns regarding the limited availability of books for young children who had English as a second language. Rarely were picture books available in languages like Teluga, yet the student population of Sherry’s local school district was vastly multilingual, with over 67 different languages being spoken.
Seeing this need, The Little Fig was founded to publish and package much needed picture books. Sherry named her company The Little Fig because she sees fig trees and children’s education as quite similar in their potential; each originates from a tiny seed then swiftly grows, spreading into all environments, cultures, and strata. Sherry has a passion for planting seeds of knowledge by creating children’s books that incorporate visual, auditory, and multiple language formats that will inspire and nourish children worldwide.
Sherry is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Heartland Writers for Kids and Teens.