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I loved your books as a child..."Are you there god. It's me Margaret?
One of my favorites
Hi Judy, I am a huge fan of yours and read all your young adult books when I was in grade school. I have recently re-read Are You There God and It's Not the End of The World and am in the process of starting a novel. My question is, how do you find your 5th grade "voice" as a writer?
I wonder why you said that you will never ever write another Fudge book, because my friends and I loves them and everyone wants to read your books. I've personally read Otherwise Known As Sheila the great, Superfudge, Double fudge, and Fudge-A-Maina. Can you PLEASE write another fudge? I mean, I really REALLY want to read fudge books. Hopefully you'll listen to me!
I started reading your books when I was in the second grade. I remember they were the first books that I couldn’t put down. You instantly became my favorite writer! I recently introduced my (second grader) son to Freckle Juice! We read it together and he loved it! Well, last week, he went to the school library and came home with Going, Going, Gone with the Pain and the Great One! He was so excited to surprise me with another Judy Blume book! It is so awesome to see my son become a Judy Blume fan too! He told me tonight, “she’s a good writer”. I couldn’t agree more!!!
I became a writer because you have made me a reader. I devoured everything you wrote because I could see myself as the main character in every story. I just completed your Master Class and cried right along with you. Once again you made writing real for me and I will be forever a fan and an admirer. Thank you for all the wonderful times I became lost in your adventures. I have reread most of my favourites and they still hold true because they are still real.
I am using you for an author report and your website has a lot of helpful information!!!
I am studying to become an elementary school teacher and one of my assignments is to contact and ask questions to an author. I picked you because you were one of my favorite authors as a child. Your book “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret” was such a powerful book for me and the other girls in my fifth grade class in 2006. I still love reading it, even as a twenty-two year old. What made you want to write that book? Were you nervous about getting bad responses to the book? Your books taught me how to be a strong and independent girl from a very young age. I am very excited to have my own classroom so I can read your books to my students! I was looking at your website and noticed that you are from Elizabeth, New Jersey. My aunt lives there and I go every Christmas and Easter. I also saw that you live in Key West. Key West is my favorite place to go on vacation in the United States, it's beautiful! Thank you for being such an empowering author to girls and for showing girls that we all go through the same things. I would appreciate it if you could write back! Thank you!
You have been a constant person in my life, from my first day in an International English speaking school, to now, at 49 re-reading your books with my teenage daughter.
Like many children in the 70s, I was part of a new group of children, expats or what now is coined as, Third Culture Kids. My family moved a lot, going to 9 different schools and learning my share of foreign languages, so books were always a comfort to me.
I remember, like it was yesterday walking the American School in Salvador, Brazil and sitting for story time with Mr. Elliot a tall man with big yellow shoes, and hearing Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. At first it was all gibberish, but soon enough I was fluent to understand your books.
Now I live in the Netherlands, and my children are growing up with three languages, but as soon as my oldest was eleven and fluent enough to read in English, I bought her your books. Unlike other books I have tried to share with her, that somehow seemed to loose their relevance in time, or interest, yours were a hit. She devoured through them; it made me thrilled to be able to share something that was also part of my own childhood with her.
Two years ago, I was in Belmar NJ, visiting friends, and to my surprise there you were in big billboards for your novel In the Unlikely Event. So in that unlikely event, I felt I had to buy it, and read it. Even if it is all far from my reality, and most of these children and adults you write about were growing up in American suburbs, far from most places I live and have lived around the world, your words were always very comforting. In the end growing up and its challenges can transcend boarders. Thank you! ☺
I am reading otherwise known as Shelia the great and it is toattally awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dear Judy: A coworker of mine shared w me your book "Deenie". I wish this book had been around when I was 12 yrs old and a newly diagnosed scoliosis patient ("S" curve). At the age of 13 I underwent a spinal fusion and spent 11 months in a body cast. Medical advances have improved and I am glad girls today have a shorter recovery time. 50 years later, I am still doing ok. In some ways I thank that period of life as it makes me not take physics mobility for granted and inspires me to keep up exercising. I enjoy aqua exercise, cycling, hiking and tap dancing. I am close to retiring from a career in Nursing. The care I received inspired me to become a nurse. Thank you.
Judy..... I have just this minute finished reading “In The Unlikely Event”, and feel compelled to write to you! I have enjoyed every single word of it, and instantly felt transported back to my bedroom when I was a wee girl and used to read all my treasured Judy Blume books! I cannot even begin to tell you how thrilled I am that you write for adults now too! I so love your books, and they will always have a special place in my heart.
I absolutely loved Miri and a little part of me wanted her to be with Mason in the end!
I now am going to go and buy your other adult books!
Thank you Judy for being a part of my teenage world and now my adult with your writing!
Anne from Scotland
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you! As I grew up I loved your books and now I am a mom and my daughter is reading them. She had to do a Biography report on someone and she picked you! Today she went to school as you to explain to her class all about you and YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS. We learned so much about you. From reading Freckle Juice and now she is reading OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SHEILA THE GREAT. Just a little favor I am not sure you can send me a email address or some how message me for info to be sent for a autograph. It would make her day to know she got something in the mail from you to show her class.
what is the pont of you website ?nit to be mean. what else dose the auther have in mind of the website?
Thank you Judy, on behalf of girls and women, for braving changing the status quo, a fierce supporter of non-censorship, for giving us new role models from your characters who became our friends.
Dere Judy Blume my name is Isaac.I have 2
brothers and 1 sister i love them all.I am doing an author study about you.I have read your book freckle juice i liked it the book was very funny.I admire you a lot.Can you send back a letter of information about you so i can read it to my class that would be nice thank you.
I am 10 years old i go to Greenville elementary and i'm doing a author study and i chose u and i plan to read freckle juice and can u send some information that i can share in class.
Hello Judy! I can't believe I'm 61 years old and didn't realize you grew up in Elizabeth! I did too, as you can see from above. I just began regarding "In the Unlikely Event" and already I am enthralled with the references to Goerke's, Levy Brothers, Battin and Jefferson. (I graduated from Battin in 1974...to me always a travesty that it was all girls). Anyway, I'm so excited to begin this journey with your book! Thanks for the Elizabeth memories!
Ms. Blume - having long admired you, and having many, many women of all ages,and our daughters, friends, nieces, etc. cherish your work, I want to know if you would consider coming to the Twin Cities to do a presentation to raise money for Firefly Sisterhood, a nonprofit dedicated to matching women newly diagnosed with breast cancer with women who had a similar diagnosis and come out the other side. In three years we've made 600 personal, one-to one matches - but we need to go state-wide with this vital service, at the least, and for that we need funds - hence having you as a speaker and thus raising money to expand our services to every woman in MN and beyond. Thank you for considering our query.
I want to same belated happy birthday Judy your books were inspiration to me growing up it made me want to be a writer I have written for newspapers and done public relations articles but my passion is writing poetry and children's books which I haven't yet published but will do so and think of your books off and my birthday was two days ago as well it was February 9 so happy birthday and thank you for helping myself and my classmates smile me read when we ordered your books
Many more happy and healthy birthdays!
I had the pleasure of meeting you during your In the Unlikely Event Tour. As a member of your first generation of readers I laughed out loud when you mentioned that you've been asked to write a book about Margaret going through menopause.
As I get older my memory isn't what it used to be. I however remember reading so many great authors as a child-you of course, Beverly Cleary, Roald Dahl, E.B. White. You especially gave me the gift of reading which has carried me through the ups and downs of life.
Enjoy your 80th birthday. Thanks for the impact you've had on generations of readers.
Happy Birthday, Judy Blume! And thank you for all the fun reading bait you supplied me with throughout my career as an elementary school teacher. Every single child I ever taught caught the reading bug from listening to me read your Fudge books aloud to them. Fudge and his friends and family reached them all: the overly busy boys, the timid little girls, the boisterous loud talkers, the brainiacs, the "school is boring" contingent, the English as a Second Language students, the learning disabled, the jocks in training, the reluctant readers and ME! I never tired of reading your books aloud. The more I read them, the more I loved them. Fudge was just so funny! He cracked me and my listeners up all the time. So thank you from me and all the students Fudge inspired to become independent readers. And maybe even potential future writers...
I just learned today that you are a fellow Aquarian! I first read Are You There, God...? when I was in fourth grade. I was hooked. You have been one of my favorite authors for over 30 years. Thank you for sharing your beautiful imagination with us and for all you do to fight against censorship. Happy Birthday!
When I was a little girl, maybe 10 years old or so, I wrote to you after reading your book, and you wrote a letter back! Yes, snail mail, real letter! I just want to let you know how much that meant to me as a little girl. ...and now, as I reminisce, I have tears in my eyes. So, many years later, I just want to say thank you.
And, after listening this morning on NPR... Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday Ms. Blume!
I still have one of your books from when I was 12!
Happy Birthday, Judy. Today, February 12, would have been my mother's 110th birthday but she died at age 72. Like you, I straddle many eras where women were kept ignorant about their own bodies. But, we persevered. I continue to do so as well, in memory of my talented and intelligent mother who, despite my having battled on her behalf, was denied education, medical and psychiatric care from adolescence to old age, including after the birth of her last child when she was 44.
If she could know that her only daughter at age 82 and her younger son at age 65 were in the process of trying to develop a TV series together ... what a kick she would have.
At 12, I was a confused, unhappy, very intellectual and sensitive child. It took a long time to lose the confusion and unhappiness. Thank you for helping girls on the edge of puberty to appreciate themselves as valuable, achieving and, in years soon to come, lovable women.
Happy Birthday, Judy! Blow out those candles with gusto.
I wanted to tell you that I love your MasterClass. It is thoroughly enjoyable. Also, it was weird that I glanced down while I was on my stationary bike, a bike I ride nearly every day. And there was your book, Summer Sisters! It had been there for several years. I freaked and naturally, I dusted it off. I've now started reading it. You'll have to forgive me. My housekeeping isn't the best (and it was in the basement!). My mother had received it from my Aunt Rae and it found its way to my possession. Anyway, although I'm already 54, I'm eagerly writing and finishing up my first novel. Take care,
I'm making a presentation about you on your birthday I hope you like it.It would be nice if you can come to my school in NJ.
Dear Judy Blume,
I recently read your book: Are you there god? It's me, Margaret. Once I read it the first time, I had to read it again and again. I think it really speaks to kids my age. Also, I want to be an author when I grow up. Thanks for inspiring me.
As a pre-teen in 1980, I was a huge fan. My favorite remains "Are You There God? It's me Margaret". Sadly to say, I was shy and chubby. My 5th grade class used Blubber as a "manual" to do to me everything they did to the overweight girl in the book. Obviously, not all "awareness" efforts have their desired effect. They can backfire with horrific consequences if the readers aren't given guidance via reflection and discussion. I hope to God today the book is "studied", and not merely read, by pre-teens.
Hi. I am someone who was 9 months old on Feb. 11, 1952 and living in one ot the apartments in Elizabeth that was destroyed by a plane crashing through it. I’m writing a memoir and wondering if Judy might talk or meet with me to tell me her memories of that time and the memories she gathered in her research for the book about this episode. Thanks.
Dear Judy Blume,
I read with interest your comments on censorship and couldn't agree with you more. Having been raised by parents who never minded what I read and encouraged me and my siblings to read everything, I find censorship as annoying today as I did when I first understood what it meant.
Your books have meant so much to me for over 35 years. I kept my well-worn, tattered and beloved paperback copies of everything you wrote, knowing I would pass them to my daughter someday. She's just about there.
I have always wanted to tell you how much I loved-and still love-your stories and characters and am so grateful your books were around for me to devour. I have re-read them all dozen of times, and always find something new, probably because I am getting older and see them through maturing eyes, but the memories I have of being a pre-teen, a teenager and beyond, reading your books for the first time and finding the characters instantly relatable is a wonderful stroll down that lane.
Thank you and sending you much xoxo and admiration!
I am reading In the Unlikely Event and I love this book. In the book there is a designer of stocking that you added and I looked her up on www.google.com and I found the stockings on www.ebay.com I think this is so neat. I have read your kids books for many years. I don't know how many times I read Super Fudge but I loved it. PS. You are my favorite Author. Take Care.
Hello and greetings, Mrs. Blume. I don't know if it is an odd occurrence that a parent comments to you through this website, let alone one whose school-age children have since reached adulthood, but I am here nonetheless. In truth, I seek your knowledge as I am searching for a book title, that I am hopeful you may remember, as it was written about 1980ish. It is a preteen to young adult fictional story about the death of a sibling. It centers around the older of two siblings, a early teen girl, with her younger brother having a terminal illness. Mom and Dad are supporting characters, but forgive me that I do not remember any of the principle character names; only the premise of the story.
I know I am asking a lot but I have fervently tried every other resource I am aware of, with no fruit for my efforts. I figure a successful author who wrote through the 1970s - 1980s and who continues to write today, would remember the works of a fellow colleague or competitor.
By the way, thanks for Blubber. It was my first story about bullying I have ever read and remains the best.
Kindest personal regards to you!
great book series!
Thank you for your books, they are wonderful.
No other writer has ever had the ability to completely capture and transport me the way you do. I think you are magic and I am grateful for your stories. I have never been able to be so completely absorbed in a story as I have with yours.
I have just re-read Tiger Eyes some 35 years after the first time I read it!! It is incredible how a book can be so timeless and yet remain as relevant and fresh. The fact that your stories can traverse the young and the not-so-young like me is a true testament to your writing.
Summer Sisters is my favourite book ever.
Kindest Regards and Best Wishes to you xx
I now realize that we were living on the same street in Elizabeth, Shelley Ave. if you went to Victor Mravalacj #21 you had to walk right past my house as you lived closer to Magee Abenue. Was wondering if we had same teachers. Hoping we can get in touch to relive the past. I know you ended up in Key West and I came to New Orleans. Any communication would be great Thanks
Your books are amazing! Although I have moved on to more advanced books other than yours, they are really what inspired me, and got me into reading. Thanks so much for your amazing books and hard work!
I love your book's so much
This is Ranjit from India, I don't know what it is but I felt connected to you since I saw your master class teaser and I thought if there is anyone who can read my short film and review it; it has to be you.
Warm regards or at least say hi.
My class and I just finished your book Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing.I loved your book. In class we have book bags in mine I have otherwise known as Sheila the Great. It is so far really good. Please make more books about Peter and Fudge.
Hi Judy I am in grade 3 and my class just finished tales of a forth grade nothing and I loved it so I am dieing to read more.PS you are my favorite othor
LOVE:Mackenzie Jan.23 2018
Hi Judy i'm Claire my class and I just finished reading Tales of the forth grade nothing. My favourite chapter was My brother the bird. One of my favourite parts was when sheila had to crawl on the ground to find Fudge's teeth. I hope you will make more books soon I would love to read them. I hope you have a great day bye.
me and my class reared tails of the forth grade nothing I loved the Book.
Hi Judy Im peighton me and my class just finished reading tales of the fourth grade nothing.It was really funny.My class is doing a play of different chapters in tales of the forth grade nothing. Im playing peter. Write more Fudge books.
Hi my name is Jack we just finished reading your tales of a forth nothing book. I thought it was awesome because when Fudge Peter and Shelia and jimmy went to the jungle gym , and Fudge pretended to fly like a birdie. What is your favourite hobby instead of writing? What's your favourite book that you wrote? What got you interested in writing? What made you think about Peter and Fudge? You are my favourite writer...when I get older I'm going to read all your books. What is your favourite thing about writing. By
Dear Judy Blume
Hi Judy I'm Rowan I like the Book the fo
nothing can you make more books like that with Fudge and Peter\Petah
Ur Fudge book is very funny and were doing Drama and I'm acting as my favourite character Fudge on My Brother the Bird.
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Hi.Me and and my class read your book Tales of the
fourth grade nothing. Can you write more books
about peter and Fudge.I Love to read your books.
Hi Judy. I really like your books. my favourite book is tales of a fourth grade nothing. My real name is johnny
Hi Judy my name is Damian can you make a Fuge book i like them so munch by it has bin a good time toking to you by.
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