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Canterbury College Alumna Publishes Children’s Book Series Set in Kent

Canterbury College Alumna, Rachel Lake, has released a new Kent-based series of children’s books titled, ‘Cora Farm’.

The former Media Production student drew inspiration from her mother, Cora’s farm cottage on the Isle of Sheppey where she was introduced to the sheep, chickens, ducks, goats and other animals that feature in her children’s books.

“In 2016, whilst studying for my English language and literature degree with the Open University to become an English teacher, I had an idea for a picture book series and Cora Farm was initiated,” explained Rachel.

She continued: “Learning about instruction and delight really resonated with me when studying children's literature and I felt compelled to create stories for others to learn from but also enjoy.”

In 2018, Rachel’s mother, Cora, sadly passed away, and Rachel made it her mission to “instruct and delight children through the eyes of Cora”.

Spurred on by her children, Rachel enlisted the help of Sheppey-based illustrator, Sarah-Leigh Willis, to create vibrant illustrations to accompany the tales of Cora and her animals.

Two books in the Cora Farm series were recently published by Kids Active (KA) Books. ‘Cora’s Cheeky Chickens’ and ‘Cora’s Crafty Cows’ are both available to buy online.

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