About Us

Get to know us!

Books By The Bushel is a Certified Women Owned children’s book company located in Versailles, Ohio. We specialize in distributing children's books and sole source collections to literacy programs across the country. 

As experts in children’s books — with backgrounds in children’s literacy, education, publishing and customer service — our team is here to assist with your book selections, both large and small! We are a trusted partner to PAT (Parents As Teachers), Head Start Programs, Reach Out And Read Programs, United Way, libraries and early education programs, grants and teachers across the country.

Mike & Paula-Our Founders


Our owner/Director of Business Development, Paula Darnell began her book career as a Sales Representative for a division of Reader's Digest.  Her customers included Head Start Programs, Early Childhood Centers and Preschools in southern Ohio. She was promoted to Regional Manager for the Southeast and moved to Georgia in 2005. During the next 2 years she built the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program for Readers Digest, working closely with RIF programs in every state. In 2007 she joined the book fair division and worked with schools across the country. Promoting literacy across America became her life's work.  Then in 2008 the division she worked for was closed and she lost her job, and in her words "I lost my passion and direction". With the urging of her husband she decided to pursue her passion on her own, and Books By The Bushel was born! In 2017 Books By The Bushel became a Certified Woman Owned Enterprise (view the certification). 

You can view Paula's resume here.

Our Director of Operations, Mike Darnell is a U.S. Army Veteran and spent 17 years with Dow Chemical, as an Operations and Logistics Manager. He loved his career and planned to retire "someday". Then in 2009 he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident and spent 6 months re-learning how to walk. He was able to return to work, but the company had been sold and he was ready to spend more time with family and friends. It was time to move back to Ohio and be closer to his kids and grand kids. With Paula's urging he came to work with her and has been an integral part of Books By The Bushel since 2011. His extensive experience with logistics management and rate negotiation, allows us to keep our costs down, and pass the savings on to our customers. You can view Mike's resume here.