The Little Fig's team of experts takes pride in collaborations that ignite discovery, promote literacy, and inspire. We believe learning provides hope. Our team of professionals goes beyond publishing books for kids to offer activities, guides, music, and tools to reach the whole child.
As a traditional publisher, our focus is to spark each child’s curiosity, to give hope and the knowledge to exceed, so they may move forward with confidence. The Little Fig's team of editors, graphic designers, authors, and illustrators work together from concept through creation to ensure your vision is met. Our intellectual properties attorney secures the fulfillment of copyrights, license, and agreements.
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The Little Fig’s team appreciates these and so many others who come to us for serving kids throughout our nation.
- Teamed with the University of Tennessee--October 2022, Bugs on the Job posted throughout their Nature Book Trail for the children's portion in their 280 acre arboretum.
- Collaborated with Walter Gilbert and the Sarasota School District to bring The Greatest Thing: A Story About Buck O’Neil and the Enhanced Curriculum Guide into their 4th grade curriculum.
- Licensed 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.
- Partnered with Park University, our team 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.
- Created for Kuzidi, a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit charity, we proudly produce books and products to provide much-needed multilingual programs, activities, and services to improve the lives of children who suffer trauma from disasters or are underserved, refugees, victims due to COVID pandemics, or have been abused.
- Collaborated with Minnesota’s Association of Children’s Mental Health to provide 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 debut in this series. Professional counselors use the wisdom of African elders that is woven throughout these picture book stories.
- Co-sponsored The Bilingual Bash with the Natural History Museum at Prairiefire, to bring bilingual books to life through interactive movement, rhythm, and songs in both English and Spanish.
- Developed The Little Fig’s Mandarin picture books for the Chinese Immersion Program in the Blue Valley School District, an ongoing program for full submersion classrooms.
- Crafted activity and curriculum guides that provide extensive Common Core and STREAM-aligned activities and templates to enhance cognitive skills and knowledge, offer social/emotional activities, and provide hands-on discovery.
S. J. Bushue founded The Little Fig in 2014, inspired by teachers, librarians, parents, and caregivers who had shared their concerns regarding the limited availability of diverse books for young children, especially those who had English as a second language. Her local school district was vastly multilingual, with over 67 different languages being spoken.
The Little Fig has now expanded to include publishing juvenile nonfiction and products to spark discovery, promote literacy, encourage physical activity, and offer outlets for positive expression.
Sherry named her company The Little Fig because she sees fig trees and children’s learning as quite similar in their potential; each originates from a tiny seed then swiftly grows, spreading into all environments, cultures, and strata. She has a passion for planting seeds of knowledge by creating children’s books and products that incorporate visual, auditory, and multiple language formats to inspire and nourish children worldwide.