Happy birthday to Judy Blume, born on this date in 1938 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Well-known for her works of fiction for kids and young adults, Blume tackled topics that were often viewed as controversial. Judy Blume graduated from New York University in 1961 with a degree in education and later took a writing course at NYU. Her first book, The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo, was published in 1969.
The topics that made Judy Blume’s books beloved to generations of kids also attracted the attention of censors. Her books included sex, birth control, death, and religion and that meant that they were often challenged; in fact, her books have been challenged so often that the American Library Association lists her as one of the most challenged authors of the 21st century. As a result, Blume joined the National Coalition Against Censorship and serves as a board member. In 1999, she contributed to Places I Never Meant to Be, a collection of short stories by authors who have been censored in the United States.
Despite the challenges to her books, Judy Blume has sold more than 85 million books for kids, teens, and adults that have been translated into 32 languages. She’s won over 90 awards, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Library Association and the Library of Congress Living Legends Award.
Generations of us have enjoyed Judy Blume’s books. Re-visit one of her classics, catch up on her adult novels that you’ve missed, or share her books with your kids!
What would you do in the unlikely event of three plane crashes in your neighborhood in a matter of months? Mimi, her friends, and family cope with the tragedies in their New Jersey town.
Readers join Margaret as she struggles with her religious identity, tries to fit in at her new school, and faces the challenges of puberty.
The first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing introduces us to Peter and his family, including his difficult little brother “Fudge,” who Peter views as the source of all his problems.
A coming-of-age novel for adults about two friends who spend every summer together and the ways that their relationship evolves over the years.