If you’re a female human over the age of twelve and you’ve never read Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, then you must look outside right now and see if in fact you are living under a rock.
When I was a kid, I loved the school days when we got those magazines (which were more like four page flyers) where we could select books to purchase. (Weren’t those Weekly Readers or Scholastic Magazines?) I also loved when the public library’s bookmobile would come to school or when school would have a book fair. Okay, the truth is, because I went to Christian school, a lot of what we got to read was censored and had to be on an “approved Christian reading list,” so I missed out on a lot of my friends’ favorites such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. I didn’t actually get to read that until much later. But many of Judy’s books were on our approved list, and Blubber was the first one of hers that I read. She definitely hooked me and drew me in, and I wanted to own and read everything she wrote. Sadly, with not all of her work being available to my school, and with my Grandma being unable to drive to take me to a bookstore, I was not able to actually read everything of hers until my own daughter went to school and discovered her.
Mrs. Blume was born on February 12, 1938, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She published her first book in 1969, with thirteen more books being published in the 1970s. She’s won more than ninety literary awards, she’s sold millions of copies of her books, and she’s reached the New York Times Best Seller List numerous times over. She was also named by the Library of Congress to its Living Legends in the Writers and Artists category for her significant contributions to America’s cultural heritage.
With all that success, it’s hard to believe that she received nothing but rejections for two years before one of her works was ever published. Coming this June, we can expect Judy’s latest work, In the Unlikely Event, to hit the stands.
Happy 77th Birthday, Mrs. Blume!
Let’s Talk: Have you ever read a Judy Blume book? If so, which was your favorite? Would you ever re-read them now that you’re an adult?
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One of the pioneer writers in the then-fledgling Young Adult genre is having a birthday. Thanks, Judy Blume, for so many great books for children and teens which adults also love.
Thank you for the reblog! 🙂
I’m one of those “sous-rock” dwellers. I was just a smidge older than her target market and somehow missed reading her although I have always heard marvelous things about her. Nice post, Rachel.
LOL! I’ve even reread some of her work recently, and still loved it just as much. (Of course, I read much longer books in between.) 😉
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I have read several of Judy Blume’s books. The lady knows how to hit the mark. If you haven’t read anything by her, why not pick up one of her books today?
Thank you for the reblog! 🙂
Judy Blume was one of my favorite authors as a tween! I think I must have read every book she had published up to that time period.
She has a new one coming out soon… and despite my age, I think I’m going to buy and read it! LOL! 🙂
I think my daughter is just getting to that age so it’s good to know she’s still at it. I bought her Freckle Juice, but I rarely see anything new from Blume so I wasn’t sure.
I wasn’t sure either, until I followed her on Twitter and Facebook.
I read a number of her stories.
And remember some of them, too.
Weren’t they awesome? 🙂
I think the only one I read was Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, but what a fabulous author. I had no idea she suffered through two years of rejection slips. And your post brought back all those memories of selecting books from the Scholastic Magazines (or whatever they were called). I remember how excited I’d get every time a new one came out. 🙂
I know! I LOVED when we got the Scholastic magazines! 😀
I have not, Rachel, but I will say happy birthday Judy, Judy, Judy Blume, part of our culture, regardless.
Mark, you’re such a nice guy! 😀 I wonder what comparable counterpart author they had for pre-teenage boys?
The Hardy Boys series … Chip Hilton sports books … ???
Ah yes, The Hardy Boys. 🙂
I’ve read some of her books, but I not as a child (I’m a little bit too old). I cited this though in my Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast: http://judyblumeblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/happens.html. I’m happy to hear she’s coming out with a new book!
Isn’t that cool that she’s still writing? 🙂
Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret was my first and favorite of her books. Though, I gotta be honest–all those “we must, we must, we must increase our bust” exercises were for naught. lol
LOL! Tell me about it! 😉
I loved Judy Bloom when I was young! Especially, “are you there God, it’s me, Margaret.” 🙂
That was a good one, too! 🙂