Judy says: Thank you, thank you for all your wonderful notes. I only wish I could write back to each of you personally. But in order to start a new book I need serious thinking time, which means less time for e-mail. Hope you understand.
Just want you to know that my assistant and I read this guestbook every day, and try to respond when appropriate. Your continued love and support are a constant inspiration.
I just returned home from my first trip to Key West tonight. I decided to make the pilgrimage to Books and Books after I saw your
Documentary this year. While you didn’t happen to be in on any of my trips to the store this week, I was so glad I chose to visit. I picked up a few of my favorite titles to reread on the beach. The magic of your books is that reading them at different points in my life illuminates new perspectives on my friendships and choices, from the first discovery of Margaret and Then Again in my sixth grade library 35 years ago, finding them again after my first marriage, then looking for comfort reading in my parents’ house as I tried to find the ground under my feet after a second divorce…this time I re-read Summer Sisters and Wifey, thinking about the friendship with my best friend from age nine to our final friendship breakup after she married years ago. Reflecting on how thankful I am to now be divorced and finding a new, more comfortable and honest version of myself for the first time in my late forties. Embracing life as a professional and mother of a tweenage son. Your books have been cornerstones and mainstays of all my life’s milestones, happy and tragic, and I am so grateful for these anchoring stories.
This week, I biked around the island, ate well, was delighted by six-toed cats and legions of strutting fowl, strolled through inclusive streets and shops and parades of relaxed, mature vacationers and natives. I am 99% sure I passed you walking one morning as I moseyed into town. I like to think so, anyway. It was a magic trip with no real agenda. Thank you for the inspiration. Your work has and always will be so meaningful to so many of us making our way through the world and stages of life, from menarche to menopause, from friendship to heartache, from beginnings and endings, and beyond. Heart full, Jessica <3
As one of the countless people around the world who have been touched by your writing—I want to say thank you.
My relationship with your writing began forty-four years ago, in 1979. My dad, who was around 9 at the time, read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing before starting fourth grade himself. Coincidentally, my dad went on to live in New York City after graduating college, not too far from 25 West 68th Street. In the summer of 2012, thirty-three years after forming his connection to your book, my dad read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to me before I began fourth grade. As an adult, who has since become a writer living in Brooklyn, I look back on the nights spent reading with my dad as some of my most cherished childhood memories. Although I cannot speak to anyone else’s experience, I imagine many share a similar story to mine.
Thank you for writing with honesty and integrity—and for providing your readers with a safe-haven to experience and bond over the good, bad, and oftentimes uncomfortable moments in the story of Life. It has been a privilege to grow up alongside your characters, I would not be the person I am today without them.
P.S. Thank you for speaking out against literary censorship and your continued activism amid the book banning epidemic in America. You and all 5 of your banned books rock!
Shalom! Michal and I loved your documentary! Thank you so much! So much spoke to us and our growing up years! Please come visit us when you come to Israel! We’d love to host you in the VIP room in our home! Between us we have twelve children and 48 grandchildren ( in the meantime)! It was so heartwarming to hear about you and George!
Shabbat Shalom, Alan Friedman
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My students love, love Freckle Juice! Some of them even wrote the next chapter and designed a cover page too! We even used the recipe in the book and made our very own Freckle Juice. Don’t worry, no one tasted it just smelled it. Hopefully, you’re able to reach out to us, so I can send you the pictures of their covers. Better yet, a zoom call would be amazing! 🙂
I'm a earlier generation of people. I'm Basically teen and reading your books has got me through alot and I'm happy that I Discovered your Books and that's all I read now.pls email me Back.
I was reading “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret” to them last year and had left the open book on the table when my mom (the boys’ grandma) came to visit and sit with them a while as I went out. She was surprised I was reading “that book” to the boys. I told her that books weren’t for boys or girls — books are for everyone, and boys should know what girls think about and vice versa.
By the time I came home, she’d read a chapter of “that book” aloud to her grandsons.
To this day, your books are some of my sons’ favorites — and mine too. Thank you!
Just wanted to tell you what a wonderful, beautiful and awesome human being you are Judy! I watched a program about you recently, which reminded me just how many of your awesome books I read and that there is still more to know about you as a person and more books to explore.
Thank you so much, for supporting us all and writing such wonderful books and dealing with all the crap you had to, to fight for them and our right to engage with issues that matter. I realise there are some books I’ve missed (somehow), so will definitely be seeking them out.
Much love, a fan of at least 28 years..
I've always admired your writing, and at 57 years old, I still believe that nearly everything I learned about life as a young guy I learned from Judy Blume. My wife and I will be in Key West from the 26th of November thru December 1st. I still have my original copy of the Boys' bible (Then Again, Maybe I Won't) from when I was 13 or so years old. I'm hoping that you'll be in town while we're there so I might be able to bring it in and have you sign it for me. As a recently retired elementary teacher, I can speak to the timelessness of your books and how they have been a big part of not only MY life, but the lives of hundreds of kids I've taught as well. You have been an inspiration and a hero to me.
I’ve recently rediscovered your books. I loved them as a child. Now my kids are loving them too. Our favourites are the Fudge books. We’ve been reading these out loud together. It’s hard to find books that a 6yr old girl, 10 yr old boy and 12 yr old girl will all like, but Fudge has us covered. Thank you!
My name is Blaire and I am 8 years old and I have just finished Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing and I liked when Peter told everyone in the elevator what happened to Fudge when he swallowed Dribble because it was funny and it got whispered to different people! I think that you are a great author and you should be a celebrity! FROM BLAIRE
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