Monday was my seventh wedding anniversary, though my hubby and I celebrated this past weekend. Nothing too crazy, just an afternoon/evening without my son (thanks to my parents agreeing to babysit), where we watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and got a quick dinner. If you haven’t seen the movie, I recommend you don’t read the rest of the paragraph as I give some spoilers. I liked the movie, although there are definitely some caveats to that answer. First off, I think it is ridiculous that they’re making this into three movies (they originally said two) as there simply isn’t enough material to stretch it out. I think Peter Jackson is trying to make it as grandiose as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Don’t get me wrong, I loved those three movies. To make three movies, that I’m assuming will all last 2 1/2 hours, he’s added a lot of material into the storyline. I’m reading the book again now, as I’ve not read it since I was about 13. The whole Pale Orc thread, the scene at Rivendell with Galadriel, Saruman, Gandalf and Elrond where they are talking about the Necromancer and the Witch King of Angmar, and the more detailed introduction to the movie are all not in the book. Wargs were technically in the book, though they are referred to as wolves for the most part. I liked their addition of Gandalf speaking to the moth like he did in The Fellowship of the Ring to summon the Lord of the Eagles to their rescue from the Orcs and Wargs. I was glad they kept in the songs, like the one the dwarves sing about breaking Bilbo’s plates and glasses and the one about the Lonely Mountains, which becomes the theme song for the dwarves throughout the movie. I must say, I was crushing on Richard Armitage quite a bit in the movie (he plays the prince Thorin Oakenshield), even since I started watching the BBC’s most recent Robin Hood series (even if he does play a baddie). On a side note, I did find this interesting article while looking for the songs from the animated and movie version of The Hobbit. I grew up with the 70s animated version, so I love it!

Since I am a book nut and youth services librarian and I knew someone who went to Seattle this week for the ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter Conference, where they announce all the ALA youth media awards, I knew I wanted to post on it. They released the info on Monday, but I’ve been so scatterbrained that I’ve been unable to post on it until today. At least this year, I’ve read the Caldecott winner (wouldn’t have been my choice, but there ya go). I was happy that Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin won a Theodor Geisel Honor award, as I love that book series! And I was glad to see Seraphina by Rachel Hartman win the William C. Morris for best debut YA book, as it was a really interesting first book to the beginning of a series, especially for someone who has never written YA books before. Here are the results as taken from School Library Journal’s posting:

Here is the list of winners of the ALA’s Youth Media Awards:

Newbery IVAN Applegate, Klassen Win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

(John) Newbery Medal
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Flash Point/Roaring Brook

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Dial/Penguin Young Readers

CALDECOTT NotMyHat 300x219 Applegate, Klassen Win Newbery, Caldecott Medals(Randolph) Caldecott Medal
This Is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen
Candlewick Press

Creepy Carrots! illus. by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds
Simon & Schuster

Extra Yarn illus. by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray

Green illus. & written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook

One Cool Friend illus. by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo
Dial/Penguin Young Readers

Sleep Like a Tiger, illus. by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Grouped Winners 1 Applegate, Klassen Win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

Theodore Seuss Geisel Award
Up, Tall and High written and illustrated by Ethan Long
G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Let’s Go for a Drive! written & illus. by Mo Willems

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, created and illus. by James Dean

Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover written and illus. by Cece Bell

(Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award
Katherine Paterson

Andrew Carnegie Medal:

Anna, Emma and the Condors
Produced by Katja Torneman

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
By Steve Sheinkin
Flash Point/Roaring Brook

Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin written and illus. by Robert Byrd Dial/Penguin Young Readers

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 written by Phillip M. Hoose and published Farrar

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster written by Deborah Hopkinson

Mildred L. Batchelder Award
My Family for the War
written by Anne C. Voorhoeve
Dial/Penguin Young Readers

A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return
written and illus. by Zeina Abirached, tr. by Edward Gauvin
Graphic Universe/Lerner

Son of a Gun written and tr. by Anne de Graaf

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award
Andrea Davis Pinkney

Grouped Winners 2 Applegate, Klassen Win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

Pura Belpré Awards
Author: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
By Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Simon & Schuster

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

Illustrator: Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert
Illus. by David Diaz, written by Gary D. Schmidt

Grouped Winners 3 Applegate, Klassen Win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

Michael L. Printz Award
In Darkness
By Nick Lake

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Simon & Schuster

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Dodger by Terry Pratchett
HarperCollins Children’s Books

The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna
Red Deer Press

Odyssey Award
The Fault in Our Stars, written by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd
Produced by Brilliance Audio

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, produced by Listening Library, written by Eoin Colfer and narrated by
Nathaniel Parker

Ghost Knight, produced by Listening Library, written by Cornelia Funke and narrated by Elliot Hill

Monstrous Beauty, produced by Macmillian Audio, written by Elizabeth Fama and narrated by Katherine Kellgren

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
By Steve Sheinkin
Flash Point/Roaring Brook

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different
By Karen Blumenthal
Feiwel & Friends

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
By Phillip Hoose,

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster
By Deborah Hopkinson

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March
By Cynthia Levinson
Peachtree Publishers

William C. Morris Award
By Rachel Hartman

Wonder Show
By Hannah Barnaby
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books

Love and Other Perishable Items
By Laura Buzo
Knopf/Random House

After the Snow
By S. D. Crockett
Feiwel and Friends

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
By emily m. danforth
Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins

Margaret A. Edwards Award:
Tamora Pierce for her “Song of the Lioness” series\

Grouped Winners 4 Applegate, Klassen Win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Author: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
By Andrea Davis Pinkney illus. by Brian Pinkney

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by E. B. Lewis
Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner

Illustrator: I, Too, Am America
illus. by Bryan Collier, written by Langston Hughes
Simon & Schuster

H. O. R. S. E., illus. & written by Christopher Myers,
Egmont USA

Ellen’s Broom, illus. by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons
Putnam/Penguin Young Readers

I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., illus. by Kadir Nelson, written by Martin Luther King, Jr. Schwartz & Wade/Random House

Virginia Hamilton: Demetria Tucker
Practitioner Award for Lifetime achievement

AristotleDante PuraBelpre 198x300 Applegate, Klassen Win Newbery, Caldecott MedalsStonewall Book Award 
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Simon & Schuster

Drama, written and illus. by Raina Telgemeier
Graphix/Scholastic Inc.

Gone, Gone, Gone, written by Hannah Moskowitz
Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard
written by Lesléa Newman

Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie, written by S. J. Adams

Grouped Winners 5 Applegate, Klassen Win Newbery, Caldecott Medals

Schneider Family Book Award:
 Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis
Simon & Schuster

Middle Grade: A Dog Called Homeless written by Sarah Lean,
HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Book

Children: Back to Front and Upside Down! written and illustrated by Claire Alexander