DOE sends holiday cheer, and books
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