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 had the very great pleasure of watching your special on TV. I was crying in about 10 minutes as you took me from 56 years old right to 10 when my uncle gave me a collection of your books for Christmas one year.
I must pause a moment to remember my Uncle Bruce. He was a middle school teacher and later became the principal of a middle school. He encouraged my love of books with some collection of them each Christmas. He was such a fun man with a terrific sense of humor! He was so loved that when he passed, the middle school where he had been principal closed for a half day so the students and staff could attend his funeral.
At the time Uncle Bruce gave me your collection, I had just begun to menstruate. At 10! I had so many feelings that I just didn't understand and you helped me to realize that I was not alone. That every adolescent went through a similar thing and that my feelings were maybe not so weird after all.
I was also being terribly abused by a neighbor and reading was how I escaped everything bad in the world. I finally found the strength to stop his actions when I was 11. I will not go into any details, but it was a hard thing to go through and your books helped me escape all of that. I am so grateful for the characters you created! They are like old friends who helped me through hard times and I think of them fondly. Poor Peter who felt rather outshined by little brother Fudge. Sheila, who suffered such bad self-esteem that she felt she had to lie about herself to make friends. Tony and Margaret going through puberty and expressing those thoughts and feelings that were so embarrassing, but so normal! They are such wonderful parts of my childhood!!
I want to end on a funny note. I recall finally getting to Then Again, Maybe I Won't and I think I was 11 by that time. I was reading in the living room while my Dad watched TV and Mom was doing a crossword puzzle. Suddenly, I asked my mother "Mom, what's a wet dream?" She freaked out a little at first, then she asked why I wanted to know. I told her it was in this book I was reading, so she demanded to see what the title was. As she perused the book to gain context, she relaxed and smiled and then told me what it meant. I will NEVER forget that moment!! It was one of the most cool things to have my Mom understand why I was asking and it was one of the most normal conversations we ever had.
Thank you, Judy, for all you have done for the kids who grew up in a time before the internet when we didn't have access to such information! We didn't have many grown-ups who would talk to us the way you did through your books.
By the way, you looked WONDERFUL in the TV special!!
I adored Judy Blume Forever. Your spirit is so generous and you are a beautiful combination of nurturer and warrior! (Also, my mom got married in NJ - maybe at that same brick church)
I’ve made a career making kids music (I started when my girls were 2 and 4 - I wanted to be with them and have something of my own).
I’ve been writing and journaling my whole life. recently, my marriage began deteriorating. To cope, I wrote an adventure novel containing 10 erotic stories (fun, consensual). I’m ready to self-publish but I’m so nervous to use my real name. I’m 59 and want to own the work, but I’m scared- tho I don’t what I’m scared of! Any words of advice for me?
Thanks for listening. I’m so filled with hope and pure energy after watching the brilliant doc!
Watching your documentary on Amazon Prime! Going next Saturday to see Are You There God? Its Me, Margaret! I cant wait! I remember us sneaking around Forever in 6th grade..mom never knew! I be grounded for life! Mom let be buy Margaret as it had God in its title, though I never told her its plot! Thank you for being a part of my childhood in the 70s!! I have another book, all i learned about being a girl, I learned from Judy Blume. I wish you could do a book signing here..that would be so great!
Last night I watched your marvelous documentary, "Judy Blume Forever" and was absolutely captivated by you; by your warmth and intelligence.
As moved as I was by your telling of your story, I found the most powerful moments were the timed you were sorting through letters from your readers, and your responses to them.
You mentioned that you were finished writing full-length books, but have you given thought to putting together a volume(s) of letters between you and your readers?
These exchanges were so moving in the documentary, I would love to read more (with your correspondents' participation, of course).
Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do.
My best friend, Robin babysat Larry and Randy back in 1964 or so on Windying Brook Way. She’s turning 70 next year and I was wondering if I could get a little message or something from you as part of as “This Is You Life” tribute to her. I’m not sure if you’d ever even remember her, but she’s always contributed to my love and respect for you for hearing that you truly are the person I admire.
I am a big fan of yours ever since I picked up Are u there God, it’s me Margret ? I was about maybe 11 yrs old and I was being raised by my grandparents and I love them and they were good people but I think they forgot what it was like to be young and they raised and dressed me like an old woman. I felt awkward and misunderstood and I was at the library and I picked up this book and I was reading and I finally felt understood and I was also that fat kid in Blubber and I have been meaning to write you for a very long time and I wanted to say thank you for helping me to get thru the Golden door of womanhood!
I too, like many, have grown up with your books. Banned or not, I’ve read them all, shared with my daughters and now, my granddaughters. You have amazing insight and I just wish to Thank you for sharing your experiences with the world, openly, boldly and without reservation.
I am curious , If you would ever be in the New Hampshire area, a book signing would be beyond welcomed. ( wink, wink, nudge, nudge) . I would love to meet the woman behind the words that has shaped so many.
I am a 43 year old from bc Canada. I loved and I mean loved your books as a child, when my dad died when I was 23, I actually read tiger eyes a second time just to have a reason to let myself cry. I am now the mother of a 20 year old and I spoke to her through her growing years the way that you talked to us through your books. So here I am a 43 year old nurse and crying again watching your special on Amazon prime . I wanted to say thank you , thank you from the bottom of my soul for helping me to be a teenage girl , to raise a teenage girl and for being that wonderful voice in the pages . I am eternally grateful to you .
Vancouver , Canada
You have been my hero since I was a teenager. I am watching your special on Amazon and it brings back so many memories. I have read every book you have ever written. I hope someday to meet my idol. Thank you for making my teenage years less complicated
I am a writer too. I have been one since I was a young woman around the age of 12. I wrote my first novel in 6th grade about a girl who is also a Triple Crown winning jockey because of that is what I was in love with at the time. I grew too tall and too heavy to be a jockey myself, but I never outgrew the love of writing and of horses. It is my great joy to share that I am actually a writer and an author as well. I write about the thing that I love and I am so grateful for people like you who write about things that you know and things that you love and you share it with all of us and you give us permission to share our experiences of that with you. One of the greatest stories I've gotten during my days as a writer since 2014 when I quit my job and turned to writing full time is the interactions I get to have with the people who read what I write. It is a great honor to have people read my words and I am sure that you feel that same gratitude and I want you to know how awesome it is that you have done what you have done. Thank you for writing these stories. Thank you for sharing yourself and these experiences from making generations of children's experiences as well. Your voice is important and I want you to know how very grateful I am for it. Thank you.
I’ve read many of your books! I just read your new documentary, ‘Judy Blume Forever’ and was touched all over again!
We are experiencing profound legislative censorship in our state, North Dakota. I’d there anyway you could research bill (ND) 1205. I know the best course of action is always to address your our state legislators; however, I believe it’s possible you can provide much needed context and support. I have no agenda in this aside from having 14 yr old that most in North Dakota would find acceptable; to me, that’s unacceptable. Tori, my 14 year old, has many friends that either identify as transgender or are exploring their sexuality. I’m covered in tattoos, dress pinup, and work I’m finance; I’m not really the best advocate in a “square” state.
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