Our History

Bill and Kathryn Sample began The Book Farm, Inc. in an outside building on their small Ohio sheep farm in 1991. Bill, who loved playing guitar, would sell books and play for children's story hours. 

As Bill sold books to public libraries and schools, Kathryn packed and shipped orders. They soon hired their first employee and moved the operation off the farm to nearby Blanchester Ohio.

Bill was president of the company until his passing in 2012. 
After, Co-Founder Kathryn Sample and Leah Burden worked together to lead the company until Kathryn's passing.

The goal of our company is to provide children's literature in sturdy bindings.  We pride ourselves on our outstanding customer service.  We guarantee that we will always strive for the best wear-resistant binding, most knowledgeable staff, and helpful sales representatives in our market.  We are committed to children’s literacy and putting books in the hands of kids.

In 2021, Book Farm LLC, now under the direction of Liz Goble, moved the offices and warehouse to Williamston, MI.  The company opened a new outlet bookstore, offering great books, puppets, and educational toys for kids of all ages at discounted prices.  This is a true outlet store for children’s books that were overstocked, and or discontinued through our library wholesale business, plus new board books, picture books, chapter books, and graphic titles.