by Jessica Reppert
Flash back to middle school. Now think about what you might have been reading. Could it have been a Judy Blume book? Even if it wasn’t I’m sure you still know of Judy Blume and February 12th is her 74th birthday!
Blume was born on February 12, 1938, and grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She got her B.S. in education from NYU in 1961, and was named a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year the ALA honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Over the years Blume has received a few other rewards, too:
- Library of Congress Living Legends Award
- 2004 National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
Blume is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund and serves on the board of many other literary organizations:
- The Author’s Guild
- Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
- The Key West Literary Seminar
- National Coalition Against Censorship
Among all of these incredible responsibilities, Blume is also the editor of Places I Never Meant To Be, Original Stories by Censored Writers and has recently completed a series of four chapter books, The Pain & the Great One.
Other Books You May Know by Judy Blume:
- Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970)
- Freckle Juice (1971)
- Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing (1972)
- Superfudge (1980)
- Fudge-a-mania (1990)
- Double Fudge (2002)
Although Blume is most well known for her children’s literature, she has also written three books for adults, all New York Times Best Sellers:
- Wifey (1978)
- Smart Women (1983)
- Summer Sisters (1998)
For more information on Judy Blume, her personal view on writing, censorship, and how it affects us, visit her official website and blog.
Check out the Library’s catalog to see which Judy Blume books are checked in and celebrate her birthday with a blast from the past.