COVID-19 Permission Guidelines for Educatiors to read Judy's books
via Videos and Live Events:
Many educators have asked Judy for permission to read aloud to students now confined at home due to coronavirus quarantine. Penguin Random House as well as other publishers have changed their copyright policies temporarily allowing educators to create and share with their students. Below are guidelines from Penguin Random House to follow to avoid copyright infringement. [Penguin Random House is the publisher of Judy’s Fudge books… Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge, Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great, Fudge-a-mania and Double Fudge.]
Penguin Random House Open License Online Story Time and Classroom Read-Aloud Videos and Live Events:
In order to encourage reading and classroom read-aloud experiences, and to support schools and public libraries forced to close by the escalating COVID-19 outbreak, Penguin Random House is permitting teachers, librarians and booksellers to create and share story time and read-aloud videos and live events, according to the following guidelines:
For Teachers and Educators providing distance learning to students in a virtual classroom setting:
Story time or classroom read-aloud videos in which a Penguin Random House book is read aloud and the book is displayed (for picture books) may be created and posted to closed educational platforms such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Edmodo and Discovery Education, in order to replicate the read-aloud book experience that would otherwise be available to educators in the classroom.
For Booksellers and Librarians who wish to provide a story time reading or other read-aloud experience to young people who would otherwise visit the library or bookstore in person:
Story time or read-aloud live events in which a Penguin Random House book is read out loud and the book is displayed (for picture books) may be streamed live, in real time, on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitter, and Instagram.
Reporting requirements – We ask that all educators, librarians and booksellers please notify us via email (addressed to StoryTimeTempPermission@penguinrandomhouse.com) when you post or stream a story time or read-aloud video or live event, providing the following information:
Name and address of the library, school, or store
We need stories now more than ever.
We're pleased to announce Judy's MasterClass! Everything you want to know (or don't) about her way of writing.
Write timeless stories
Judy Blume broke the rules. Her refreshingly honest children’s books were banned by hundreds of libraries—and loved by generations of readers, who bought 85 million copies of classics like Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Superfudge. In her first online class, the award-winning author teaches you how to invent vivid characters, write realistic dialogue, and turn your experiences into stories people will treasure.
Click here for additional information about Judy's first-ever online class.
2018 Carl Sandburg Literary Award
Judy Blume and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson
are the recipients of the
2018 Carl Sandburg Literary Award
from the Chicago Public Library
and the Chicago Public Library Foundation.
They were honored at a gala awards dinner
in October 9.
Judy's New Undertaking:
Books & Books @The Studios of Key West
Have you been wondering what Judy's been doing since the release of In the Unlikely Event?
The absence of a first-class bookstore in Key West weighed heavily on Judy’s mind. Key West is famed for many things, not least of which is a literary tradition developed by the cadre of renowned writers who worked amidst and were inspired by its palm shaded charms—Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, James Merrill, John Hersey, Robert Stone, Annie Dillard, and Anne Beattie, to name only a few. The annual Key West Literary Seminar is one of the premiere cultural events in the nation. What Key West was lacking was a top-notch bookstore.
The result was Books & Books @The Studios of Key West --- the brainchild of a small group of local booklovers, led by Judy Blume and her husband George Cooper, who previously founded the Tropic Cinema in Key West.
Stop by if you're in Key West. There's a good chance you'll find Judy behind the register, or stocking books on the shelves.
|Check out the
newest edition of
Judy's latest novel,
now in paperback.
In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life.
Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, Judy Blume imagines and weaves together a haunting story of three generations of families, friends, and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by these disasters. She paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.
In the Unlikely Event is a gripping novel with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling.