MOTHER-OF-ONE Kelly Taylor, from Middlesbrough, has had her first children's book published. Skutterskelfe Farm is a collection of 13 short stories for children following the day-to-day life and adventures of farmer Archie Skutterskelfe, his wife, Mary, best friend, Sam, and sheepdog Flash.

The stories cover themes such as working together, helping each other, overcoming disappointments and being kind. Colourful illustrations that accompany each story and the length of each story is perfect for bedtime, a quick afternoon read, or for children learning to read by themselves.

"I had the idea of writing a book set on a farm when my twin nephews were born," said Kelly. "I decided to put pen to paper and write the stories for when they were older."

Kelly studied English at Teesside University. "I could never have faced leaving my wonderful local area and family," she said. "After several uneventful office jobs, where I spent secret time writing the drafts of my first children’s book Skutterskelfe Farm, I became a full-time mother to my gorgeous daughter. Any spare time now is spent writing, gardening, baking, and walking in the North Yorkshire countryside."

Skutterskelfe Farm is aimed at children aged six to nine years. "It would be wonderful to think of children all over enjoying one of Archie’s adventures before snuggling down to sleep, or encouraging them to don their wellies and get outdoors in the fresh air," said Kelly.