Career Honors and Awards

For a book awards list click here.


The National Book Critics Circle announce that Judy Blume is the recipient of its Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award for exemplifying how literacy and literary access lead to liberation.


The Eleanor Roosevelt Center announce that Blume is the first-ever recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Lifetime Achievement Award for Bravery in Literature. This is the inaugural Roosevelt awards for “authors and books that advance human rights in the face of an alarming rise in book banning and censorship.” This award recognizes the influence of Judy’s voice in fighting for intellectual freedom and honors the impact she has had on a generation of readers.


Forbes Annual 50 Over 50 includes Judy Blume: Lifestyle Visionary reshaping entertainment and culture. Women creating their greatest impact at 50 and beyond.


TIME100: The 100 Most Influential People Of 2023 included Judy with an introduction by Molly Ringwald.


Judy was an honoree at Variety’s Power of Women 2023 Awards.


National Coalition Against Censorship’s Free Speech Defender Lifetime Achievement. Moving forward the NCAC’s award will be named the Judy Blume Free Speech Defender Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here to watch NCAC’s Gala evening.

Presentation of Judy’s award starts at 1:04:20. Click here to read about Judy’s award.


Yale University honorary Doctor of Letters. In awarding the 2021 honorary degrees, President Peter Salovey read the following personalized citation about Judy’s Doctor of Letters. 

“Gifted storyteller, nothing is off limits and no taboo is too great for your uncensored and honest voice. Treasured by readers young and old, you push past shame and convention to help us understand the world and our place in it. For championing the freedom to imagine while encouraging us to love ourselves, Yale is forever proud to award you this Doctor of Letters degree.”

Click here to read more about Judy’s Doctor of Letters.

View the conferral of this year’s honorary degrees. Judy’s Doctor of Letters conferral is at 5:59.


New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway named it Monmouth rest stop after Judy who was born about an hour’s drive away in Elizabeth, NJ. 


Authors Guild Foundation’s Honoree for Distinguished Service to the Literary Community.


Humanitarian of the Year was presented by the American Red Cross, the Greater Miami & The Keys Chapter, to Judy and her husband George Cooper. The Florence Spottswood Humanitarian of the Year “honors community members who demonstrate leadership and compassion through community service.”


NYU Changemakers of the Year: Vison. Perseverance. Belief. A NYU alumna (Steinhardt ’61), Judy was honored for having “Revolutionized the young adult genre by tackling controversial themes in her coming-of-age classics.” Click here for brief video or click here for award summary.


Carl Sandburg Literary Award presented by the Chicago Public Library Foundation for literary works that have shaped generations and made indelible contributions to literature. Click here to view NPR’s Scott Simon’s introduction of Judy or click here to watch Judy and Neil deGrasse Tyson in conversation with NPR Saturday Host Scott Simon.


American Academy of Arts and Letters E.B. White Award for lifetime achievement in children’s literature.


Catholic Library Association: Regina Award


National Coalition of Teachers of English (NCTE): NCTE/SLATE National Intellectual Freedom Award


ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE): ALAN Award


New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA): The NAIBA Carla Cohen Free Speech Award


New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA): NAIBA Legacy Award


Chicago Tribune: Young Adult Literary Prize


Smithsonian Associates: The McGovern Award


Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey: Honorary Doctor of Letters


Inducted into Harvard Lampoon


New Jersey Hall of Fame Inductee


National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) honored and paid tribute to Blume’s longstanding defense of free speech and her courageous battles against all kinds of censorship.


University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for her lifelong contributions to the field of children’s literature.


National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters


Mount Holyoke College – Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts


Library of Congress Living Legends Award


Margaret Alexander Edwards Award was presented to Judy for Forever in recognition that she broke new ground in her frank portrayal of Michael and Katherine, high school seniors who are in love for the first time. Their love and sexuality are described in an open, realistic manner and with great compassion. 


Columbian University College of Physicans and Surgeons Dean’s Award


National Hero Award, Big Brothers/Big Sisters


Favorite Author, Children’s Choice Award, Harris County, Texas


“Most Admired Author,” Heroes of Young America Poll, World Almanac

Children’s Choice Award, New Jersey Region III


South Australian Youth Media Award for Best Author


Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Kean College, Union, New Jersey

Children’s Choice Award, Harris County, Texas

Excellence in the Field of Literature Award, New Jersey Education Association


Civil Liberties Award, Atlanta Civil Liberties Union

John Rock Award, Center for Population Options, Los Angeles


Carl Sandberg Freedom to Read Award, Chicago Public Library


Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award