The Little Fig’s journey began with a passion to reach out to children by publishing and packaging bilingual books that entertain, teach concepts, facts, and language skills 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 touch our hearts with a desire to do more.
Even in the face of extreme challenges, we believe learning provides hope. Our team continues to publish diverse, multilingual children’s books and expands to include products, tools, and services to offer healthy coping skills, reaching the whole child. We wish to give hope and knowledge to exceed. We hope to spark each child’s curiosity so they may move forward with confidence.
The Little Fig’s team appreciates these and so many others who come to us to develop multilingual works for children. We proudly encourage and collaborate to promote literacy, ignite discovery, and inspire.
- Together with The Negro Baseball Museum NLBM, Major League Baseball, and First Base Enterprises, The Little Fig published the debut in a series of children’s sports biographies, The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O’Neil.
- 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.
- The team proudly develops books and products for Kuzidi, a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit charity providing much-needed multilingual programs, activities, and services through a global outreach effort to improve the lives of children who are disaster survivors, underserved, refugees, victims of COVID-19, or suffer from abuse or neglect.
- 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. Fire and Ashes, A Boy and an African Proverb is the first published by The Little Fig in this series. Professional counselors use the wisdom of African elders in these children’s picture book stories.
- 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 extensive Common Core and STREAM aligned activities and templates that enhance cognitive skills and knowledge, offer social/emotional activities, and hands-on discovery.
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.
Multilingual works for kids