The Little Fig’s passion is publishing, and packaging multilingual children’s works that spark kid’s curiosity to explore more.
Based in the Kansas City metro area, The Little Fig focuses on creating multilingual books in varying formats to facilitate children learning in the ways that intrigue them most. We are proud to work with authors and illustrators around the world in producing high-quality picture books and products that feature equal presentations of multiple languages, vibrant illustrations, and often, title-specific music jingles. Our books are both entertaining and educational, teaching concepts, facts, and language skills.
We at the Little Fig have been honored when sought out to develop and craft multilingual works for children. We are grateful for the ongoing use of The Little Fig’s Mandarin picture books for the Chinese Immersion Program in the Blue Valley School District. The collaboration with Park University to develop and instruct the Nonfiction Writers Intensive (NWI) led to submission-ready picture book biographies that show diversity in a cultural authentic sharing of what is possible. The Museum of Natural History partnership project is well underway with visionary goals of servicing thousands of children throughout our communities. We appreciate these and so many others who come to us, working together to promote literacy, ignite curiosity, and inspire.
The Little Fig curriculum enhancement guides are developed by a team that has specific expertise with Common Core and STREAM requirements and also has received national recognition for over 30 years of public education experience. The Little Fig’s curriculum guides feature enrichment activities and templates for everything from hands-on discovery to next generation scientific techniques, to social/emotional activities that promote self-awareness and decision making. Each guide provides Common Core and STREAM aligned tables of standards to help educators, librarians, and parents enhance cognitive skills and knowledge.
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?
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.