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Hello, Judy! I`ve been reading SuperFudge with my 6th grade students in a bilingual school in the south of Brazil. We loved the story and we are doing some works about it, like a portfolio. Students have created new cover ideas for the book. I would like to show you if you want. Kisses.
I absolutly love your books Mrs.Blume and I have read them all. I had a great book idea that I wanted to share a great book idea that I have always wanted to share with you. I would love it if you would listen to it. Just let me know when you want to hear it. I'm a writer myself and have always wanted to write a book. So, maybe we could meet and you could give me writing tips.
Hello! I am Yuni again. Thank you for answering my letter. You are so kind!
When i am in the school year, I didn't like reading books. I got interested in your Fudge a mania book. And I also loved biking in America myself. I feel so free when I am riding my bike.
I am visiting your website. I feel sorry I didn't read your Pain and the Great One series. I hope I read someday.
What is your favorite character? Mine is Hello Kitty. They are just like my sister and me. I like cats, but it's really hard to make the sound as you said. Thank you again for writing back!
Thank you for writing so many great books, they are always impossible to put down!
Right now I think I am about to cry, I'm actually writing to you. You are my favourite author of all time. I love your book 'Are you there god it's me Margret' and 'Here's to you Rachel Robinson. Well I love all of your books except from 'Forever' and ' Tiger eyes'. I am to young to read those but I will soon. I wanted to tell you that you are an absolute LEGEND! And if you come out with any book I will always love it. My sister is dyslexic and hates reading but when she read your book 'Are you there god it's me Margaret' she loved you. I used to hear her laugh at that book every day also 'Iggies house' I think her favorite bit was all of it. By the way I am from England, London. I just wanted to get that off of my chest. Hope you come out with another book soon.
Love from Imaan!!
Sorry I'm not a kid, but I had something I just had to share with you. I was reading "The Pain and the Great" one to a kindergarten class. At the end I asked them who the parents loved best. At first they were picking one or the other. I was trying to lead them without giving the answer away. One little girl finally said "both of them." While they were still guessing one child or the other, one little girl called out "THE CAT!"
hello, I dont think that we've met but probably have peeps in common (i came here from England some 20 odd years ago). Anyway up, I do know that you are a famous writer in residence in Cayo Heuso and just heard something that I think that you might love.
The BBC, or Beeb, or 'Auntie' as we call her, has recently launched a campaigne to celebrate reading 'Love to Read' and I just listened to one of the progs related to it - Laren Laverne's show on BBC Radio 6, Friday Oct 21st (digital available online) from Rochdale library in the North of England.
The 3rd song that she plays - "the Library' by Kimye Dawson from her album 'Thunder Thighs' - lovely, but more to the point, the song celebrates the writer Judy Blume!
Otherwise if your interested Lauren also plays, among others, Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit (about Alice in W, prob the first modern kids book). !!! or Chk Chk Chk as I know them doing 'All you writers' - also Django Reinhart, the delicious Sandy Shaw, cute little Vampire Weekend, Radio Head. Unfortunately no Frank Zapper's 'Library Card' (probably not still available)
Note: in my quest to find your email address I saw pics in Architectual Digest of your Key West home which as a furniture/interior designer I adored!
I hope that you enjoy.
63 year old retired attorney and just read one of your books for the first time - In the Unlikely Event. Great read and not in your usual genre and I salute that effort!!!! Never knew of these events and the fact that you grew up near there really brought the plane crashes home to you in a very personal way. Hoping for more books like this from you!
Hello, a couple of classmates and I have read your book "Tiger Eyes". We just wondered if you ever thought of writing a 2nd book. What happened to Wolf? Did Davey and Wolf ever see each other again? What happened to Aunt Bitsy and Uncle Walter, did they ever think of adoption? Did Jane get permanent help? What was Davey's life like when she got home in terms of relationships with people?
Dear Ms. Blume-
It's been about 30 years since I first read your wonderful books. My favorite is Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. I recently read Superfudge again because my daughter has discovered your books. I was wondering if you changed them, however. Peter wants a laptop for Christmas, but in 1980 when it was written these were not around. Obviously it's fine if you did, and if not I congratulate you on your ability to predict the future! Keep on writing. I will look in mom's basement for my old copy from the 20th century!-Maya
Dear Judy your books are really good I want to be an author like you.I think freckle juice is the best 😊😊. I almost have all of the books. if i was an author i was an author i would write super funny books.you are a good author
Dear Judy,can you write a story about a girl and her horses? And i love your book freckle juice💕💕😍😎 this is what i think about your books😍😍😍😍😍😜😍😍😍😋🤑😌
Hi i love your books
Bobsleding guy #1
By the way I am german
Bobsleding guy #1
Hey its me again,I rilly think you should write about World War2
I like your books becuse they are exsiting!!!
I loved the one book I read,Freckle Juice.I liked when Andrew drank the freckle juice.
Dear missed I hope you have a great day...
Kan you make frelk jus2.
Bobsleding guy #1
I think you should write about World War 2
Can you write a story adout hockey
I love your work
LSD class from South Korea
Hi! We are English learners from South Korea and we are starting to read your book 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing'. We just finished studying about the author (Judy Blume) and we are very excited to get to read your book.
We will visit your website again once we finish your book and we're sure that we will all enjoy your novel. Thank you!!
Dear Judy Blume,
My name is Jess and I am a junior at the University of Arizona. In my publishing class we have created a student run online publication to showcase new and established writers and I have a project that requires an interview with an established author who has influenced me both as a reader and as a writer.
I am reaching out to you with the understanding that you are extremely busy and that most likely this email will get stuck in a backed up inbox and I won't hear back until long after my due date for this project. That being said it would be such an honor to get a response, no matter how long it takes to get to my email because your work has truly inspired me and these questions, beyond being for an assignment, are questions that I truly want to know.
If you are comfortable responding to my questions I would ask if you would allow us to publish your interview on our university student website: tucsontalespublication.com
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my message and I would be overjoyed for any response!
Why did you chose to write for children?
Why did you chose to write under a pseudonym?
What rituals help get you in the mindset to write?
What do you struggle with most in your writing?
Are you working on any new projects or books?
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
How do you select the names of your characters?
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
How much relation is their between your works and your own experiences in life?
What was your hardest scene to write?
What was your favorite book or story growing up?
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
How do you think your writing has evolved over time?
When you are looking for inspiration where do you go or what do you do?
What does literary success look like to you?
One of my students sent you an email. Our network is one way with student emails. I am sending you the same email with the hope that a response would come through maybe to mine.
Here is her message.
Dear Judy Blume,
Hello Judy my name is Samantha and I'm your pen pal this week I like to write to people like you and I am 9 years old. Can you be my friend?
We would be great friends and my favorite color is red and I've been to New Jersey before its okay I live now in Santa Maria in California it ain't bad either
I go to Jimenez school and I'm in 4th grade. Tell me about you.
I love your books they are magical to me my teacher does to keep on writing!!!
I am participating in National History Day for my school. Most kids are doing their projects on the Boston Tea Party or the Salem Witch trials. I chose to do mine on feminine hygiene products and how they have emancipated women. I have learned a lot. Do you think your book, "Are you there God? It's me Margaret" made an impact on society by letting people know that it is ok to talk about the taboo? My mother told me how when she went to my middle school back in the early 80's how every girl wanted to read this book and how everyone made it out to be something bad. My mom is buying me the book ti read for myself. I know you are busy, but if you could just respond with one statement it would be beneficial, I have had a hard time finding someone to interview. No one want to talk about periods and feminine hygiene products!
I am participating in National History Day for my school. Most kids are doing their projects on the Boston Tea Party or the Salem Witch trials. I chose to do mine on feminine hygiene products and how they have emancipated women. I have learned a lot. Do you think your book, "Are you there God? It's me Margaret" made an impact on society by letting people know that it is ok to talk about the taboo? My mother told me how when she went to my middle school back in the early 80's how every girl wanted to read this book and how everyone made it out to be something bad. My mom is buying me the book ti read for myself.
I just bought your book about growing up in Elizabeth, NJ. My mom grew up there too.....I have her old yearbook....you and she were friends. Wondering if you remember her...Jeanne Ann Mazza?
I'm reading tales of a forth grade nothing and it is very good. Do you think you will ever write another book in that series? Please write back. Thank you.
my mom really LOVE your Books pleas write me Back oh
yeah I for got That I LOVE Freckle juice You are my
WE LIVED AT 10 FOSTER ST, BETWEEN DAYTON ST AND FRELINGHUYSEN AVE. I REMEMBER THE TWO PLANE CRASHES IN ELIZABETH. IN FACT MY BROTHER AND I FOUND A PIECE OF ONE OF THE PLANES [PIECE OF WING] AND WE HAD IT IN OUR BACK YARD. I REMEMBER THE GI'S LIVING IN WEEKAQUC??PARK AND THE HARNESS TRACK.THE PARK WAS OUR FAVORITE PLACE, WE HAD MANY FRIENDS LIVING THERE. THE THREE AREAS WERE ANZIO, BASTONE AND CORRIGDORE SQUARES. ALSO WE WOULD WALK TO THE MAYFAIR THEATER IN HILLSIDE.
Hi Ms. Blume, I just finished your book "Forever" and I must tell you I was sad to see it end especially since the title had me thinking it would have a different ending. I have read some of your books and now I want to continue with the 'Banned' selections. I can't wait to go to the library. Keep on writing.
Hope you're having a great weekend.
Being the daughter of strict parents (pastors), I was never allowed to read your books as a child. Oh how I wanted to read them! This year, I found a copy of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret in a second-hand store and bought it. I read it from cover to cover the same day. I loved it.I've been borrowing other books you've written from our local library in recent months, have loved getting through them - especially the ones about Fudge. He's a character I know my daughter will love reading your books too. Thank you.
I liked your books with Fudge and Peter because I can relate to peter.I have 3 of Fudge so that's like living in a kiddy tornado that spins around constantly . Also, I like your book Deenie, because we might deal with problems like her and us girls have a right to choose what we want to do in life and I just love your books. Thank you for being a writer and not a model. Ha Ha.
I'm a 5th grade literature teacher and for an assignment, I have the kids read a book and write a fictional letter to the author. One of my students read Fudge-A-Mania and loved the book and is interested in mailing his letter. Is there an address he could send a letter to you? Thank you very much for your response
Dear Judy Blume I LOVE LOVE LOVE Freckle Juice. Please write another great book. Please get this message. From, Autumn
Dear Judy Blume,I really liked your book it was interesting and had a lot of good words and I liked that you made a lot of funny parts in the book and you also did a lot of good details and information about what was happening and I liked the illustrations because it helped me know what was happening in the story(by the way I read soupy Saturday s with the pain & the great one)
Hi Judy Blume I love your books I am from Glen Park room 7 we sent you a letter I hope you get it.
Dear Judy Blume I LOVE Freckle juice Irely do
I love Freckle Juice sooooooo much
Dear Judy Blume, Can you please make 100 copies.
Can you make a natr book of frakol jost?
Pleeeeeease make a sequal for Freckle Juice! Me and my classmates love it! It is silly and fun to read.
The Beauty of Being a Girl
There are many writers that express themselves so effortlessly through writing, their writing is unique and can be viewed through many angles. It is amazing how a writer can have a long lasting impact on the lives of individuals. A well-recognized writer who has definitely made an impact in my life is the one and only Judy Blume. When I stepped into my schools’ library at the age of thirteen, I handpicked a Judy Blume book and that is where my admiration began. Judy Blume helps young girls understand topics that sometimes our parents are not comfortable in sharing, in a delicate way. I was drawn by the experiences that are shared throughout every book mainly because I am a girl and the events are realistic and not just fantasy.
As many girls and boys, now that I am nineteen-years-old I can relate to quotes in many of Blume’s books, it’s outrageously insane! Overall, I like the fact that Judy Blume books were a part of my childhood and bring back good memories.
As a ten-year-old-girl, I was not aware that every girl gets their menstrual cycle. Whenever I would see my mother and eldest sister hand each other a square colored packet I would question what they were, just out of curiosity and because I wanted one of those ‘cool’ things. Unfortunately, they did not tell me what they were and advised me that in a few years I would know their top secret. I was pretty excited to be frank, I was very eager to get a hold of those ‘cool’ things. Once I turned thirteen-years-old, I got an unpleasant surprise when I visited my home bathroom. I got to use the ‘cool’ things that my mother and sister had kept secret for three years. If I had read Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume I’m sure I would understand what I witnessed in the bathroom. I remember so vividly when I thought I had hurt myself which resulted in blood. I was very gullible, but can you blame me?
Judy Blume helps young girls understand what periods are and that it is normal for girls to experience this. Some parents are not comfortable in sharing real life events because it may be awkward for them or maybe because they want us to experience it on our own. Whatever the deal is, I like how Judy keeps it real with her audience that entering life as a full teenager is a lot to grasp on. She discusses everything as the character Margaret buys her first bra, gets her period, and starts liking boys. As I mentioned above, some parents like mine do not feel comfortable in sharing stuff like this with their girls because it is not an easy topic for most. Nonetheless, it was nice reading that kind of book that dived into reality without fearing anything.
If you have read the many of Judy Blume’s books you’d realize that she explores many topics that are beyond imaged. She discusses friendships, death, family, the list goes on and on. As I continued reading Blume’s books as a teenager I enjoyed the many themes that were presented in every copy. I was able to understand characters such as Margaret from Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Being a teenager there is pressure that should not be there in the first place. Fitting in was something that many girls wanted to do in the story, they wanted to have their periods as other girls and look a certain way, a way that is ‘acceptable’. As the years went by, I learned that one should not be like everyone else. I learned that every girls’ body is completely different and that we should love and appreciate one another. This is what a lot of reading taught me. It also taught me that we all go through changes in our lives and we lose people and gain people at the same time. Judy Blume assures girls that we are not alone and that fear is just a word as she quotes in one of her books, Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.
In the book Deenie, by Judy Blume I was able to relate to the main character Deenie in different way. Judy Blume came up with a story that I’m sure many girls can relate to. Not just experiencing something like scoliosis knowing someone who has different features from the rest. Although I did not suffer from scoliosis, I struggled with convulsions as a young child and as a young girl I was not exactly the same anymore. I looked a distant way from the rest of the girls at my school. I did not fit in due to many activities I was unable to be a part of and of course, my appearance. I was a very self-conscious girl and my family did not know that. I have to be honest that I dislike that part of me, my wish was to be like everyone else.
Reading this book gave me clarity that there are other people who have experiences like this. At first I did not want to share what I went through as a child because my thoughts were that people would see me as a special person. As the years went by, I learned to have confidence in myself and that different is beautiful. I learned that we should embrace what we go through and accept those around us who may be going through something similar. I am proud to say that I have come a long way from having a near death experience at the age of two and being able to see life as it is. It’s amazing when a book can uplift you and every thought is spoken so effortlessly.
Judy Blume is a writer who taught young girls like myself what was normal. She did not fear anything and spoke freely. Her books show that adolescence is a nice road that comes with many transitions and acceptances. Blume’s books are a reminder of what growing up is all about, most specifically the beauty of being a girl.
Dear Mrs. Blume,
My class just finished Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. The book was really good. My favorite character is Fudge. He reminds me of my sister. My favorite chapters are the Birthday Bash and the Flying Train Committee. In the Flying Train Committee Fudge ruined Peter's project. I plan to read all of your other books. Love, Saanjh
Hi Mrs. Blume,
We just finished Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. It's a great book. It's also a funny book. I like Fudge. He is very funny. I already read some of your books like The One In the Middle is the Green Kangaroo and Freckle Juice. They're very good. I can't wait to read more of your books. Bye
Hi Mrs. Blume,
I just finished reading your book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing in class. I can't wait to read your other books! I love how you showed that Peter didn't get too much attention at the beginning. Then Peter realized his parents did actually realize he was there by getting him a dog. Then Peter and Fudge were happy. I'm also an oldest child so I feel just the way Peter does.
Dear Mrs.Blume We recently finished your book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.It is very funny and enjoyable.
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