Career Honors and Awards
For a book awards list click here.
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