Barbara's Book Nook

Where Stories Come Alive


Welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

I’m Barbara Shobe, an Educational Services Representative with Educational Development Corporation! Based in Vacaville, California, I am thrilled to introduce you to the most amazing, award winning children’s books! My family fell in love with these books and I know your students and kiddos will love them as well.

A little about me… I’m a full-time mom with 2 minions. I have always wanted to find a position as sales representative for an amazing company without taking time away from my kiddos and amazing husband. That’s where Educational Development Corporation came in my life.

I started out as a regular UBAM consultant, but soon learned about the School and Library side of the business. After an application, training and background check, continuing education… ongoing background checks…. I have now been an Educational Services Representative to local schools and libraries since January 2018. This is the most fun I have ever had at work and have completely left the regular UBAM consultant side behind. Who knew I could mix my 2 favorite things?? My kids, all kids, and books!! I love connecting with other people who love kids and literacy!

In addition to my book biz, I am also a seamstress and love going to historical balls to be twirled.  I love being a momma to two crazy monkeys – Elizabeth (7) and Levi (6). My husband, Nathan, and I love traveling the world, weekend adventures with our babies, having friends over for dinner, and wine.



I can’t wait to introduce you to our company! Usborne Books & More and Educational Service Representatives are two separate divisions of Educational Development Corporation (EDC) based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Both divisions distribute over 2,000 books from Usborne and Kane Miller in the United States.

About Usborne Publishing: Over 45 years ago Peter Usborne pioneered a new generation of books that prove that it is possible to create books that compete with the vast media that attracts children today. From activity books, to neat fiction series, to internet-linked science and history encyclopedias, Usborne does books better. Usborne Publishing is based in England. Take a behind-the-scenes look at Usborne Publishing.

 About Kane Miller Publishing: Kane Miller books come from all over the world to bring a different feel, culture, or just a silly story that kids everywhere can enjoy. Fantastic fiction series make Kane Miller a wonderful choice for the readers in your life. Learn more about Kane Miller from Kira Lynn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         You’re in for a treat when you discover the bright, colorful and fun titles covering a wide variety of subjects from Usborne & Kane Miller.