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DOE sends holiday cheer, and books



C_1416917594 Never let it be said that the Florida Department of Education lacks holiday spirit.

With just hours to go before the onset of winter break, the department has released its annual gift to parents: a list of holiday reading. Think of it as an old-fashioned survival guide for putting those unstructured vacation hours around the house to peaceful use.

Don't look for commercialized Christmas tomes like the 2006 offering from Spongebob Squarepants, A Very Krusty Christmas.

No, the DOE list favors tried-and-true classics, like Margery Williams' The Velveteen Rabbit and Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies. There's also poetry from Maya Angelou (Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem); Ramadan by Susan L. Douglass and Jeni Reeves; and a few recent kid-lit favorites, like Olive, the Other Reindeer, by J. Otto Seibold.

The state also has suggestions on reading to children. And if all else fails -- when cabin fever sets in and those newly-opened toys have gotten dull -- the DOE even has one final, holiday lifeline. That's right: run to the library.

Happy Holidays from the Gradebook!

-- Tom Marshall, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:08am]


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