There's still time for your kids, or you and your kids, to read The Hobbit, the classic fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien, before the movie comes out on December 14, 2012. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of 3 movies based on the 300+ page book. Librarian Jennifer Kendall, who recommends the book for readers 10 and older, also highly recommends The Hobbit as a bedtime read aloud. There are a number of editions of the book available. To learn more about the ones I recommend and what each has to offer, see my article about the 5 Best Editions of The Hobbit for Young People. They include a deluxe edition illustrated by J.R.R. Tolkien, a paperback edition with cover art by Peter Sis, an edition with lots of colorful artwork by children's book illustrator Michael Hague, and an illustrated gift edition (pictured) by Academy Award winning artist Alan Lee, who has worked on a variety Tolkien-related movie and book projects.
(Cover art courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)