NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK LAUNCH: A poet and children’s author from the Palestinian Authority announces the launch of a third children’s book, ‘Pam/Anne Restaurant’

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pam Selker Rak, Pennsylvania-based poet, children’s book author, and marketing entrepreneur, announces the launch of the third book in her children’s book series, “Pam/Anne Restaurant.” The book will officially launch in conjunction with Mother’s Day weekend, with a book launch and signing event on Saturday, May 7.and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT at Dan Smith’s Candies & Gifts on Main Street in Clarion, PA. There will be a separate book signing event on Saturday May 21st 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT at Dan Smith’s Candies & Gifts on Main Street in Brookville, PA. Rak will be present at both events to personally sign purchased copies, and there will also be some fun giveaways.

All net proceeds from the book will be donated to Jefferson-Clarion Head Start, Inc.

The book, which focuses on a mother/daughter team running an imaginary restaurant, focuses on the importance of creative play, teamwork, and even introduces the concept of business ownership to children. “This book celebrates all the influential mothers, grandmothers, aunts or other women in our lives,” said Pam Selker Rak. “In my own case, my mother was extremely imaginative and opened up new worlds for me through the silly games we played as a child. These are the experiences I believe children remember all their lives, and why my books focus on the simpler pleasures of our lives.

There is also a more formal teaching element to Rak’s books. As part of its ongoing partnership with Head Start, the book also comes with corresponding lesson plans and teaching aids related to these five areas, which are also part of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards:

  • scientific thinking

  • Language and Literacy

  • Learn through creative play

  • Health

  • Social Studies and Cultural Learning

According to Pam Johnson, Executive Director of Jefferson-Clarion Head Start, Inc. “Through our partnership with Pam Rak, we are providing tremendous momentum towards our literacy goal of having children in our program own their own books. Our children enjoy Rak’s books because she grew up in our area and they immediately relate to stories that help them learn about their own hometowns and experiences. I know they will love this new book and its related learning activities; and I know that our teachers will often use them as very effective learning tools.

The books are currently available to order at

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