Airdate | Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Hometown | Elizabeth, NJ
Parents | Esther and Ralph Sussman
Why You (Should) Know Her:
- Her novels were some of the first that were geared towards teenagers and youths, targeting touchy topics such as racism, menstruation, divorce, bullying, masturbation and teen sex—and were a source of controversy.
- She is the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund and serves on the boards of the Author’s Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Key West Literary Seminar and the National Coalition Against Censorship.
Judy Blume Trivia
- Over 80 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into 31 languages, according to www.judyblume.com
- Blume graduated with a B.S. in education from New York University. NYU named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996.
- When she got the phone call from a publisher offering her the first publishing deal in her career, for The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo, her celebrations sent her son’s friend home crying.
- According to Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is the only book she’s ever written that she didn’t have to revise; it was published just as it was when she submitted her manuscript to the publisher.
- She has won over 90 literary awards.
- Not only does Blume recall vivid memories of being read aloud to by her school teachers, but she is an advocate for teachers reading aloud to their students.
- Blume is recognized as one of the United States’ most banned children’s authors. As a result of this reputation, she joined the National Coalition Against Censorship.
- American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award (1996)
- Library of Congress Living Legends Writers & Artists Award (2000)
- National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (2004)
1969 The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo
1970 Iggie’s House
1970 Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
1971 Then Again, Maybe I Won’t
1971 Freckle Juice
1972 It’s Not the End of the World
1972 Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
1972 Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
1974 The Pain and the Great One
1977 Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself
1981 Tiger Eyes
1981 The Judy Blume Diary
1983 Smart Women
1986 Letters to Judy: What Kids Wish They Could Tell You
1987 Just as Long as We’re Together
1993 Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson
1998 Summer Sisters
1999 Places I Never Meant to Be
2002 Double Fudge
2007 Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One
2008 Going, Going, Gone! with the Pain and the Great One