Happy Birthday Judy Blume!
Today is Judy Blume’s 74 the birthday. No fourth grade class was complete without reading Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, meeting Peter, his friend Sheila, and his annoying little brother Fudge. And then of course we all to had to read Double Fudge and Superfudge to see what became of Farley Dexter.
And no girl made it through sixth grade without reading Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret or Just as Long as We’re Together. And what about Freckle Juice and Blubber? Or Then Again, Maybe I Won’t? Or Forever?
I didn’t realize it at the time, but Judy Blume’s books were some of the first for young adults that tackled subjects like racism, divorce, puberty, religion, and teen sex. Kudos to you Judy for being one of the first authors to write about important, controversial topics for your young adult audience. Her commitment to writing about these topics had led to some of her books being banned in some schools systems and libraries across the country. She’s considered one of the most banned children’s authors in the US and according to the American Library Association, Forever was the second most challenged book of 2005. Her experiences with censorship led her to write a collection of short stories about the topic, Places I Never Meant to Be.
Happy Birthday Judy!