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Happy Birthday, Judy Blume! And thank you for all the fun reading bait you supplied me with throughout my career as an elementary school teacher. Every single child I ever taught caught the reading bug from listening to me read your Fudge books aloud to them. Fudge and his friends and family reached them all: the overly busy boys, the timid little girls, the boisterous loud talkers, the brainiacs, the "school is boring" contingent, the English as a Second Language students, the learning disabled, the jocks in training, the reluctant readers and ME! I never tired of reading your books aloud. The more I read them, the more I loved them. Fudge was just so funny! He cracked me and my listeners up all the time. So thank you from me and all the students Fudge inspired to become independent readers. And maybe even potential future writers...
I just learned today that you are a fellow Aquarian! I first read Are You There, God...? when I was in fourth grade. I was hooked. You have been one of my favorite authors for over 30 years. Thank you for sharing your beautiful imagination with us and for all you do to fight against censorship. Happy Birthday!
When I was a little girl, maybe 10 years old or so, I wrote to you after reading your book, and you wrote a letter back! Yes, snail mail, real letter! I just want to let you know how much that meant to me as a little girl. ...and now, as I reminisce, I have tears in my eyes. So, many years later, I just want to say thank you.
And, after listening this morning on NPR... Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday Ms. Blume!
I still have one of your books from when I was 12!
Happy Birthday, Judy. Today, February 12, would have been my mother's 110th birthday but she died at age 72. Like you, I straddle many eras where women were kept ignorant about their own bodies. But, we persevered. I continue to do so as well, in memory of my talented and intelligent mother who, despite my having battled on her behalf, was denied education, medical and psychiatric care from adolescence to old age, including after the birth of her last child when she was 44.
If she could know that her only daughter at age 82 and her younger son at age 65 were in the process of trying to develop a TV series together ... what a kick she would have.
At 12, I was a confused, unhappy, very intellectual and sensitive child. It took a long time to lose the confusion and unhappiness. Thank you for helping girls on the edge of puberty to appreciate themselves as valuable, achieving and, in years soon to come, lovable women.
Happy Birthday, Judy! Blow out those candles with gusto.
I wanted to tell you that I love your MasterClass. It is thoroughly enjoyable. Also, it was weird that I glanced down while I was on my stationary bike, a bike I ride nearly every day. And there was your book, Summer Sisters! It had been there for several years. I freaked and naturally, I dusted it off. I've now started reading it. You'll have to forgive me. My housekeeping isn't the best (and it was in the basement!). My mother had received it from my Aunt Rae and it found its way to my possession. Anyway, although I'm already 54, I'm eagerly writing and finishing up my first novel. Take care,
I'm making a presentation about you on your birthday I hope you like it.It would be nice if you can come to my school in NJ.
Dear Judy Blume,
I recently read your book: Are you there god? It's me, Margaret. Once I read it the first time, I had to read it again and again. I think it really speaks to kids my age. Also, I want to be an author when I grow up. Thanks for inspiring me.
As a pre-teen in 1980, I was a huge fan. My favorite remains "Are You There God? It's me Margaret". Sadly to say, I was shy and chubby. My 5th grade class used Blubber as a "manual" to do to me everything they did to the overweight girl in the book. Obviously, not all "awareness" efforts have their desired effect. They can backfire with horrific consequences if the readers aren't given guidance via reflection and discussion. I hope to God today the book is "studied", and not merely read, by pre-teens.
Hi. I am someone who was 9 months old on Feb. 11, 1952 and living in one ot the apartments in Elizabeth that was destroyed by a plane crashing through it. Iím writing a memoir and wondering if Judy might talk or meet with me to tell me her memories of that time and the memories she gathered in her research for the book about this episode. Thanks.
Dear Judy Blume,
I read with interest your comments on censorship and couldn't agree with you more. Having been raised by parents who never minded what I read and encouraged me and my siblings to read everything, I find censorship as annoying today as I did when I first understood what it meant.
Your books have meant so much to me for over 35 years. I kept my well-worn, tattered and beloved paperback copies of everything you wrote, knowing I would pass them to my daughter someday. She's just about there.
I have always wanted to tell you how much I loved-and still love-your stories and characters and am so grateful your books were around for me to devour. I have re-read them all dozen of times, and always find something new, probably because I am getting older and see them through maturing eyes, but the memories I have of being a pre-teen, a teenager and beyond, reading your books for the first time and finding the characters instantly relatable is a wonderful stroll down that lane.
Thank you and sending you much xoxo and admiration!
I am reading In the Unlikely Event and I love this book. In the book there is a designer of stocking that you added and I looked her up on www.google.com and I found the stockings on www.ebay.com I think this is so neat. I have read your kids books for many years. I don't know how many times I read Super Fudge but I loved it. PS. You are my favorite Author. Take Care.
Hello and greetings, Mrs. Blume. I don't know if it is an odd occurrence that a parent comments to you through this website, let alone one whose school-age children have since reached adulthood, but I am here nonetheless. In truth, I seek your knowledge as I am searching for a book title, that I am hopeful you may remember, as it was written about 1980ish. It is a preteen to young adult fictional story about the death of a sibling. It centers around the older of two siblings, a early teen girl, with her younger brother having a terminal illness. Mom and Dad are supporting characters, but forgive me that I do not remember any of the principle character names; only the premise of the story.
I know I am asking a lot but I have fervently tried every other resource I am aware of, with no fruit for my efforts. I figure a successful author who wrote through the 1970s - 1980s and who continues to write today, would remember the works of a fellow colleague or competitor.
By the way, thanks for Blubber. It was my first story about bullying I have ever read and remains the best.
Kindest personal regards to you!
great book series!
Thank you for your books, they are wonderful.
No other writer has ever had the ability to completely capture and transport me the way you do. I think you are magic and I am grateful for your stories. I have never been able to be so completely absorbed in a story as I have with yours.
I have just re-read Tiger Eyes some 35 years after the first time I read it!! It is incredible how a book can be so timeless and yet remain as relevant and fresh. The fact that your stories can traverse the young and the not-so-young like me is a true testament to your writing.
Summer Sisters is my favourite book ever.
Kindest Regards and Best Wishes to you xx
I now realize that we were living on the same street in Elizabeth, Shelley Ave. if you went to Victor Mravalacj #21 you had to walk right past my house as you lived closer to Magee Abenue. Was wondering if we had same teachers. Hoping we can get in touch to relive the past. I know you ended up in Key West and I came to New Orleans. Any communication would be great Thanks
Your books are amazing! Although I have moved on to more advanced books other than yours, they are really what inspired me, and got me into reading. Thanks so much for your amazing books and hard work!
I love your book's so much
This is Ranjit from India, I don't know what it is but I felt connected to you since I saw your master class teaser and I thought if there is anyone who can read my short film and review it; it has to be you.
Warm regards or at least say hi.
My class and I just finished your book Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing.I loved your book. In class we have book bags in mine I have otherwise known as Sheila the Great. It is so far really good. Please make more books about Peter and Fudge.
Hi Judy I am in grade 3 and my class just finished tales of a forth grade nothing and I loved it so I am dieing to read more.PS you are my favorite othor
LOVE:Mackenzie Jan.23 2018
Hi Judy i'm Claire my class and I just finished reading Tales of the forth grade nothing. My favourite chapter was My brother the bird. One of my favourite parts was when sheila had to crawl on the ground to find Fudge's teeth. I hope you will make more books soon I would love to read them. I hope you have a great day bye.
me and my class reared tails of the forth grade nothing I loved the Book.
Hi Judy Im peighton me and my class just finished reading tales of the fourth grade nothing.It was really funny.My class is doing a play of different chapters in tales of the forth grade nothing. Im playing peter. Write more Fudge books.
Hi my name is Jack we just finished reading your tales of a forth nothing book. I thought it was awesome because when Fudge Peter and Shelia and jimmy went to the jungle gym , and Fudge pretended to fly like a birdie. What is your favourite hobby instead of writing? What's your favourite book that you wrote? What got you interested in writing? What made you think about Peter and Fudge? You are my favourite writer...when I get older I'm going to read all your books. What is your favourite thing about writing. By
Dear Judy Blume
Hi Judy I'm Rowan I like the Book the fo
nothing can you make more books like that with Fudge and Peter\Petah
Ur Fudge book is very funny and were doing Drama and I'm acting as my favourite character Fudge on My Brother the Bird.
sensnsely Ethan D
Hi.Me and and my class read your book Tales of the
fourth grade nothing. Can you write more books
about peter and Fudge.I Love to read your books.
Hi Judy. I really like your books. my favourite book is tales of a fourth grade nothing. My real name is johnny
Hi Judy my name is Damian can you make a Fuge book i like them so munch by it has bin a good time toking to you by.
Hi can you write another book about fudge in Outerspace at 9 or 7 years old.I love your books.
I really love your books if you do make more Fudge books it will make my day.
we just finished a tale of a forth grade nothing I liked when jenny did a twinkle.
Hi my name is keya i love tales of a 4th grade nothin thanks
hi Judy my favorite is fudge he is silly
Hi Judy can you please make a new book about
fudgie and peter. I REALLY LOVE YOUR BOOKS please make some more. Also can you make another series please.
Hi judy, how are you me and my class was reading tales of a forth grade nothing it was the best book i ever read and do you have any pets? Anyways if you do i have to large dogs ther names are taya and tritan.
HI JUDY I LOVE YOUR BOOKS THERE ALWAYS BASED ON TWO KIDS THAT DONT REALLY LIKE EACH OTHER . I'M JUST SAYING YOUR BOOKS ARE AWSOME
My memories are filled with the happiness that your books brought to me as a child. It takes true talent to take people into another dimension. My deepest thanks for sharing your gifts with myself and others.
how are you?
You are beautiful .I wish l Could be a good author like you
I like your book going ,going,gone!
With the pain and the great one
I wish I can meet you one day
Hi I finished your book are there god it's me, Margaret. It is so good I hope you get this you should to a series on this book like. Her in 8th 9th so on so forth it would be great for girls that age for them to connect
Sincerely Raquel ps am 11
Dear Mrs Blume,
I want to encourage you to keep writing. Though you may not know it you inspire every girl and boy to reach for the stars and not be afraid of who they are. I've read your books and they are beautiful. As a fan though could you write another middle grade book so I could read it.
Dear Mrs. Blume
I've been a fan of your books for a long time now and the characters in your stories are always interesting. There is a project that I am working for my school where you have to research the topic of censorship and talk about it to the class. I was wondering if you would be able to help me out with it.
Hi Judy: I'm a "Lawrence/Larry" just like your son and your "Tales of a 4th" book dedication. In fact, as a kid, I always though you dedicated them actually to ME. Just a short note to say how much your writings have meant to me in the last 43 years, or so. I am now a union lawyer (for 25 years) living in Florida and I read your books to my children daily. I have a 9 year old boy and a seven year old girl, and as I'm sure you've heard before, both genders relate well to your wonderful writing. Your stories are as relevant now as they were to me in 1974--maybe more so as I see my kids laugh out loud at "Fudge's" antics. Thank you so much for being so important to me and the world and now my own family. YOU made the world a better, more understandable place with what you shared with us. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Hey, I'm Amira from Beirut,Lebanon. I would like to ask you 3 short questions for my book review of your book Forever, because it is one of my best books. I read it 2 times and it was amazing. Anyways my questions are:
1-If you would like to change anything in this book, what would it be?
2- Why did you choose to write this book?
Also, I've been reading a lot about the time when you wrote Forever which is in 1975. And in 1975 sexual intercourse was like not a good idea to choose, so
3-why did you chose to write in 1975.
Please write another fudge book
When you were writing Chapter 19 of Are you there God? Itís me, Margaret, had you recently been reading, or reading about, Charlotte BrontŽ and her novel Villette? Or were you, perhaps, thinking about BrontŽ and the autobiographical incident in Villette of Lucy Snowe, the Protestant English ex-pat in Belgium who went to confession in a moment of intense inner turmoil when you put Margaretís ĎProject Belgiumí together with her similar entrance into the mysterious confessional booth? Was this a playful and creative allusion for other BrontŽ enthusiasts to pick up on? Apologies if youíve fielded this question many times before, but Iím just now getting up to speed on your work.
I was born in 1962 but never read Are you there God? until yesterday. When it was first published in 1970, I had recently moved with my family from Olympia Fields, IL to Westport, CT and was soon (unbeknownst to me) about to be moving again to a suburb of LA. I was aware that other girls my age were reading it and whispering about how it actually contains the word Ďmenstruationí. But, because I was experiencing menstruation as a lonely nightmare (beginning shortly after I turned nine), it was the last topic I wanted to confront in fiction, where I sought escape from rather than merciless reminders of myself. It has taken me this long to overcome that aversion, and Iím glad I finally have. Itís a wonderful book. Although I was more of a Laura Danker in some respects, I was definitely a Margaret on the religion front. Not because my parents had different backgrounds (they were both post-Protestant), but simply because I grew up in a religious vacuum and had to learn from my friends that I wasnít Jewish and that I wasnít Catholic, which left me with no idea how to make the God I somehow presupposed feel present. I wound up with a PhD in History of Religions and am still asking, Are you there God?
Anyway, what Iíd really like to know is whether and in what ways the BrontŽs may have informed your life and writing. If they have, have you ever written or spoken about the BrontŽs? Iíd be very interested to read anything you have had to say about them.
Krista Ovist (US expat in London and BrontŽ Society member)
Iíve been a fan forever!! The first book I read was tales of a Firth grade nothing!! Loved it so much, it meant so much to me I wanted to live in Peters world too.I been looking for more books for my nieces, one is in forth grade and has boys doing what boys do tease.i going to get her your books to enjoy and I just wanted to say thank you so much for the entertainment.
I adore you Judy. I just finished reading ĎStarring Sally J. Freeman as Herselfí to my 7-year-old daughter. I read it when I was a kid. I have also read her all the Fudge books. Your writing is able to capture the feelings of my daughter (and my own) in a way that is just amazing. I hope to meet you someday. Thank you for all you do!
Thanks for writing Are You There God It's Me Margret. It really helped
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