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A Quick Look at Some Popular Products

Pair-It-BooksWe still have a few of the popular, but now out-of-print Pair-It Books leveled readers in stock. Get yours before they are gone. I won't be able to get any more.


  We also still have some Usborne paper models and other history enrichment resources left for ancient and medival history. See our selection by clicking the link. You will find hstorical coloring books, paper dolls, and  Dover models, as well, for educational summer fun.

Math / Reading / Writing

Daily 6-Trait Writing Series for grades 1-6: Develop students’ writing skills in each of the six traits—Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Voice, and Conventions—using creative and dynamic writing lessons! Support any writing program with 125 engaging, 10- to 15-minute lessons. This is the first product to provide students in grades 1-6+ with practice and instruction on trait-based writing skills using a daily practice format. Each book in Daily 6-Trait Writing provides 25 weeks of direct instruction and practice in the critical skills students need to become strong and successful writers. See details here
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Help Your Child with Reading Skills!


Phonics and Learning to Read

Comprehension Practice Cards


Reading Comprehension

We have a wide variety of comprehension materials, including some for those who need
High Interest / Low Reading Level
materials for upper grades.


 Clearance Sale


We have begun marking hundreds of prices down on our e-commerce website, Barb's Teaching Help. We started at the beginning of August with a lot of Steck-Vaughn and Rigby preschool, language, social studies, science, education resources, and more. The sale prices are applicable only to orders made on that site and purchased with a credit card. Quantities are limited to stock on hand. Sale prices will not shown on this site. If there's a title you are interested in, follow the title link and see the current price and available quantity. Many items are at or near my cost. Eventually  almost every publisher will be included. Best time to check is mid morning after new prices made the night before have been uploaded.


You can also go direct to the site and use their search. I recommend browsing by category. You might want to search the Bargain Text Category first, but the newly marked down resources and books won't be there yet. On the site navigation on the left, click Browse books by category and then look at the categories you want. The author search may not be reliable because the database I use to upload has a bug. It likes to change the name of the author when I'm not looking and I don't always catch it before I upload. I hope you will be able to take advantage of these low prices while they last.


Upcoming Events

Medical Leave

I am  still recovering from major surgery to the cervical spine that occurred on December 5, 2014. The restrictions during my recovery period are gradually being lifted. I can process orders for under ten pounds if they are not rush orders, since I have to make a 20 mile round trip to get the books now. I can only make one trip a day, usually in the afternoon. That would mean the books would not acutally ship until the next day or two. Priority mail usually takes 2-3 days to be delivered once it gets to the post office, so if speed is important, I recommend priority mail, or expedited shippiing, as it's called on the e-commerce shopping cart. If you order one or two workbooks of average size, that usually will be only a few cents more than media mail (aka economy shipping on e-commerce site). I automatically reduce the price of shipping from the default you see in the cart to my costs after your order comes in. Economy shipping usually takes 7-14 days, depending on how far it has to travel, but can, in rare cases, take up to 30 days.

If you would like to browse in our warehouse in Paso Robles, California,
you are welcome to call us at 805-227-4442
for an appointment.  If you are not from the 805 area code, we will screen the call, so be sure to start leaving a message . It may also take us a few minutes to get to the phone if we are not near it. We can let you know about availability or sell to you directly if you come to the warehouse if what you need is there,
If you call, be sure to state your name and your phone number clearly, and repeat the phone number. Also let me know what you are looking for so I can check it's availability before I call you back.


 I am most easily reached after 10:30 AM Pacific time. I will continur to answer the phone until about 9 PM, Pacific time if I am not picking up books or running errands or out for my required daily walk. I do have an answering machine and can call you back. If I'm not here, please leave a message and also try the number where the books are -- 800-925-8587, in case I am there getting the books to ship for the next day. If I don't answer, I may be in the warehouse. Please leave a message letting me know which books you want. I'll get the message before leavng and will be able to ship them sooner than if I have to come back again the next day.

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How to Contact Us -

We expect to be keeping our regular hours for phone inquiries are 10 AM-4 PM Pacific time, on weekdays.Our fax machine is always on, as is our answering machine, as long as the power is on. We do have outages, but they only occur about three or four times a year.
  You can also email us with your signed purchase orders attached. Please follow up with a phone call so if your email gets filtered out, we will know to tell you we didn't get it.
You may contact us by e-mail at
Please email all inquiries
We will answer your email as soon as possible.  If you need a call back, please put your phone number in your email message.
You may call us at (805 227-4442, but
it is always better to inquire by email if possible. It prevents playing telephone tag. We will probably respond within 24 hours, and then you can call in a credit card number if you want to when you know we have the book.
You may fax orders to (805) 237-9639. Be sure to include your phone number and your preferred shipping method -- book rate or priority.

We are in the Pacific Time Zone
We are most likely to answer your calls in person between the hours of 10:30  A.M and 3:30 P.M., Pacific Time
Monday - Friday
If you do not get a response within a few hours
, please check Upcoming Events.

If we are supposed to be in town, and you don't get a quick response, or if you call and the answering machine does not respond after four rings, assume our phone lines and/or electricity are down, and we will respond as soon as they are restored.
We are in an area of California that often experiences rolling blackouts.
If one of us is here, we will answer the phone in person after we determine you aren't a telemarketer, so please leave a message if we don't pick up.
You will not get a menu.
Our mailing address is
Barb's People Builders, 3420 Highway 46 West, Templeton, CA 93465
People who live near us or who are passing through may come pick up their orders to save shipping or browse our warehouse in Paso Robles. Please call for appointment first.



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We're in the Pacific Time Zone
Our office hours when we answer the phone are irregular because we are alternating our location daily. 

 You can fax your purchase orders to 805-237-9639, but it's good to follow up with a phone call in a couple of days to make sure we got it, if you did not receive a delivery confirmation email. Please include an email address with your purchase order in case we have questions and so we can send your delivery confirmation number to you.  You can also attach a signed purchase order to an email.

 We prefer you ask your questions about products and availability by e-mail (, since that gives us more time to prepare a thoughtful answer and keeps us from playing phone tag. Please remember to put our email address in your address book if you have a spam filter or you won't ever get your answer unless you also leave a phone number. We cannot usually tell you immediately over the phone if a book is here. We have to walk two blocks to check the warehouse, so I usually have to call you back or email you anyway.  We do check our e-mail frequently throughout the day when we are at home. If we should be out, and you leave a message on our answering machine, we sometimes cannot hear the phone number clearly to return your call. Those are some reasons why we recommend you email us first. If you want us to call you, please leave your phone number and time zone.
When you do email us, please do not leave the subject blank or just say "Hi" or "Hello" as the subject. We delete those before opening because a lot of spam messages look like that. 
We have supplied a subject line in the link provided above that will guarantee your mail will be opened fast.
Or call (800)925-8587 (not before 10 AM or after 10 PM Pacific Time)
We screen calls, so please leave message. If we are here, we will pick up if you mention you are calling about a book.

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