By Stephen M. Silverman
September 17, 2002 01:00 PM

Britney Spears may claim to be in the midst of a six-month break, but she continues to add to her list of activities.

Besides presenting a birthday present to Michael Jackson at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 29, her 2001 HBO special, “Britney Spears Live from Las Vegas,” snagged an Emmy for Outstanding Technical Direction at last weekend’s creative arts ceremony.

Now, the pop princess, 20, is due to come out with a collectible book and DVD set by December. According to her official Web site, Britney’s book, tentatively titled “Stages,” is filled with new photos of her with friends and family members.

It also will offer backstage and onstage peeks of her during her “Dream Within a Dream” tour. The accompanying DVD is set to document her trip to Mexico City — where she had to cut her concert short because of bad weather and endured some bad press for flashing a finger at photographers outside an airport.

Her six-month work hiatus was announced immediately after that.

“I’m taking a break, so people are writing that I’m having a meltdown. I don’t get it,” Spears told PEOPLE in a cover story last month. “I need this break to rejuvenate and to just play.”

She explained to the magazine that she planned to read film scripts — she was pondering a starring role in a romantic comedy that would start shooting in October — and write more songs.

She also acknowledged that “I don’t know what I’m going to do next,” but right now “I’m kind of the happiest I’ve been in a long freakin’ time.”