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Hi! I discovered your books last year. "Forever" and "Tiger Eyes" are my favorites so far. Your son did a good job on the movie btw. "Wifey" kind of traumatized me tbh, but I still enjoyed it.
How did you get your ideas to start writing books!? Also where do you get your ideas to write your books?
Dear Mrs. Blume -
I am doing a project on you at school. I've had a lot of fun learning about you, and I made a diorama of what your office might look like. My grandmother lives in Florida, and my mom said that maybe we could visit your bookstore next time we visit her. I am emailing you separately with picture of the diorama.
Why do you have Fudge eat Peter’s turtle Dribble in Tales of a fourth grade nothing? The reason I ask is because I was a huge fan of the book when I was a kid. Also, what causes Dribble to die when he is inside of Fudge?
Dear Ms. Judy Blume,
Hi! My name is Caitlyn, I nine years old and in fourth grade. I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I was introduced to your book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by my teacher.
I got to know about you by reading the book you wrote. I think it is very interesting and fun because Fudge ate a Turtle and his mother got very scared.
I think you are a great author because you have a lot of imagination. My favorite part of the book is at the end when Peter says, “How could you!” My other favorite part is also at the end when Peter’s mom says, “Peter Warren Hatcher! STOP SAYING THAT!”
I would appreciate for you to respond if you have time but I understand if you do not. Thank you for reading my letter.
P.S What is your favorite book that you wrote?
P.P.S Can I please have your autograph?
Hi! I just read Summer Sisters for the umpteenth time, as it’s one of my all-time favorite books (though I love all of your books! 😊 Rereading it made me think to ask/hope for a sequel; namely, an explanation for Caitlin. I expect that fans across the board would welcome such a book! In the meantime, I appreciate your talent with developing such lovable characters, and thank you for sharing that with the world in your writing!
i love your books
I have all of your wonderful books. I keep I hoping you will write a book about Allison, so that he trio from Just as long as We Are Together would all have their own story. Keep writing, as you are timeless.
Your books were the wise women I needed by my side when I was young. Through your stories I felt comforted, recognized, confident and loved. Your characters made me feel good about myself and helped me understand all my inner questions as a girl. You were the one talking about all the themes that interested me when nobody else did. Thank you! I am the woman I am thanks to women like you! I love you!
I love your books! I find them very fun and funny.
i love yo books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i love your books
I've read a few of your books and also read, Are you there god, it's me, margaret. At least 8 times, it was my favorite book for a solid 3 years. I've always loved writing but I'm having trouble coming up with ideas to write longer stories about. I hate hurting my characters so it's really hard for me to come up with conflict. Do you have any advice for me on how to come up with good story ideas?
Our fifth grade reading group just finished "Superfudge." We all loved it. We liked the new baby and her nickname, Tootsie. Maybe you could write a book about Tootsie when she is two years old and walking around, and Fudge is in second grade. Thank you for writing such good stories.
Students at Redwood Elementary
Hi I’m Rachael I’m 13 and I’m in the 8th grade at Woodbridge Middle School in New Jersey. I am currently doing a research project for My Language Arts class. We had to pick a American author and do a google slides presentation and a essay about our author. And you just happen to be my author. I did a lot research on you and found some pretty good facts but I feel the best information must come from Judy Blume herself. It would be wonderful if you could write me back and give me a little help on this project❤️
How many books have you made?I rely like your books!My class is reading super fudge for a class read aloud
Tali Lando Aronoff
My name is Tali Lando and I am a pediatric ENT surgeon who was diagnosed with advanced BRCA soon after my third daughter was born. My other children at the time were 2 and 4 and by the time I finished multiple surgeries, chemo and radiation they were 1,3 & 5. I am not a writer by profession, but I have written my entire life, so I began to tell my story.
I recently finished my book, "Hell & Back" which is a raw and honest account of my encounter with this widespread disease with all the funny and ironic details no one ever tells you about. It is written for the busy, sophisticated woman slapped in face by cancer.
At the time I was finishing my book, I was also reading your book “Also Known as Sheila the Great” to my middle daughter, Scarlett (now 7). She loved it and we live in Westchester which is where Sheila’s summer home was located so my daughter was excited. I had to finish each chapter before I could return to my computer. I know that you had breast cancer, although each of our stories are unique.
It would be an honor if you would consider reading my book.
I look forward to hearing from you,
All the best,
I loved your books as a child..."Are you there god. It's me Margaret?
One of my favorites
Just wanted to share a video I did at ALA 2017 on a banned book, thought you may enjoy.
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 read your books and liked them in the past years and I was wondering if I could have a singed autographed photo sent to my house.
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!
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