Judy Blume

Judy Blume’s books, known for their humor and their honest portrayal of the pains of adolescence, have shaped generations of young girls. Feeling trapped by suburban domesticity, Blume began writing after her children started nursery school in the 1960s and received hundreds of rejection slips before her first picture book was accepted in 1969. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, was her breakout success in 1970 and the first time she wrote from her own experience. While her books include stories for younger readers like Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Blume’s books for adolescents like Deenie and Tiger Eyes, with their frank discussion of divorce, eating disorders, and masturbation, were frequently banned from libraries and schools. Despite these attempts at censorship, Blume’s books struck a chord with readers and in 1986 Blume published an anthology called Letters to Judy: What Your Kids Wish They Could Tell You. She also started the KIDS Fund to promote communication between kids and their parents. As of 2014, Blume continues to write for children and adults, and in 2012 collaborated with her son on a film adaptation of Tiger Eyes.

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Judy Blume is another person I did not know about. Thank you for writing her story. Her work against censorship is so important.

Judy Blume's ability to write from the perspective of her youthful readers has guaranteed her status as one of American children's most popular authors, while simultaneously making her the target of—and a defender against—censorship.

Photographer: Sigrid Estrada.

Institution: Judy Blume.

Date of Birth

Elizabeth, NJ
United States


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