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.
With so much love & admiration , Sheri
comprehension with all my kiddos especially those with mild/moderat Autism. I feel I came full circle when I took my granddaughter to see the movie Harriett the Spy. I cried in the movie and my grand daughter asked why. I responded without this book I would never have discovered I could read and therefore would not have become who I am w a masters and the love of making sure my kiddos I treat can and will read and communicate and learn. Thank you Judy Blume! Know there are so many people out there like me Thankful for your blessing of reaching out to young souls told they will not learn to read! With deep gratitude, Kathleen
Like numerous adults before me have shared with you multiple times their gratitude and appreciation I feel it can never be shared enough the positive power and influence you have had on young people for more than 50 years. You are a true blessing and your voice for youth over the decades has had a lasting and positive impact that will stand the test of time for generations to come.
As shared earlier my appreciation for your work will echo nothing new that you have not already heard, but growing up in the 70's/80's in the south during the height of censorship and the birth of the religious right (Moral Majority) my mother unknowingly bought me your books because I had found an adult who was a kindred spirit (Tween/Teenage Whisperer) in, "Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing" and discovered the joy of reading through your books. As all good parents would do my mother purchased anything she could find in the Juvenile Section of our local bookstore within the mall that had your name on it because she felt confident I would read your books. Well, she was right. I read and reread every book she gave me with you as the author and gained more than a love for reading, but an education in life that like most adults of the time were unable to speak, share, or legitimize young people's thoughts and curiosity.
Your books shared with me that my inner thoughts and curiosities should not be considered shameful, and that I was not alone in my endeavors to learn more about those things adults considered taboo for tweens/teenagers. Your books taught me the challenges of young ladies and supported what my parents were trying to teach me about being respectful of women and that strong women should be embraced and not feared.
Now the father of two daughters (17 & 19) I have always realized since their birth that your books were preparing me to be a supportive father that is aware of the taboo and attempt to be present, available, and open about those challenging things that all young women go through and that shame is not part of the process and some things should just be embraced.
At this moment I can not tell you if I was successful in my attempt, (they will let me know in time) but my hope is that my consciousness and empathy that was learned from reading your books helped me to be a better father.
In the end I will conclude and sum it all up by simply saying, "Thank you. Sincerely, Thank You."
I walked around with "Are you there God,..." (The purple one...i remember it so vividly) Because everyone was reading it BUT me! I am pretty sure I was in middle school, had I read it, and others, I probably would have made different choices.
My mom was dying. I had other things on my mind. But I am going to read your books now and have my 22 y/o read them with me. I am sure she will be thrilled but then....she will be thrilled.
In this world, especially today, it is important for YA to know that they are not alone. You gave them that voice...a voice I did not hear. I wish I had.
In case you do not read this...or in case you do...The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - ruined books for me. It wasn't real and I believed in my heart and soul that it was. That was in the 4th grade. My imagination was just too much, so I have been told. I didn't read for pleasure again until I was 19 and stationed in the Indian Ocean.
I missed out on so much.
My first period was a "ps" in my diary.
And if you have time, ask me about Wendy S.
I just wanted to share. I was going to send you a letter but then I thought...umm...how? It is a secret fan club and I am just now becoming a fan in a backwards way.
I hope that you have a fabulous day.
And that you continue to do what you do.
One day, when I finish my book...my main character may actually read yours...but probably not. Because that is not how her story goes.
Thank you Ms. Blume,
I just want to take a moment to thank you for being so very incredible. As a child, I read many of your books, though that was decades ago. Now, as an adult, I work with children, in healthcare. It is my sincere hope that your brilliant, creative, and honest spirit reaches them, through me, as I answer many uncomfortable questions, without any fear, or so as much of a hint of shame. You’ve really given me, and all of us, so very much. Thank you, Judy.
Dear Judy Blume,
Without realizing it, I have been waiting 42 years to write to you. I just finished watching the documentary about you and can’t believe it never occurred to me to write to you before now.
As a young child, I knew that going to church was very important to my parents, but didn’t know why. My sister and I weren’t allowed to talk in church, but the adults would recite words and prayers. How did they know all the words? It was all very confusing. In Grade 1, Mrs. Zerter, my religion teacher, told us that by dying on the cross, Jesus opened the gates of heaven for us. I asked what happened to all of the people who died before Jesus opened the gates of heaven? I only remember asking the question, not the answer. I was just going through the motions, trying to copy my parents regarding religion, church and God.
One day though, when I was in Grade 3, my sister and I were not really that sick, but insisted we were and our mother reluctantly let us stay home from school. I think my mother didn’t allow us to watch tv that day knowing or deeply suspecting we were getting away with something. So we spent the day in our parents’ bed, under their satin comforter, pink on one side, blue on the other. And my sister, who was in Grade 5, recounted for me from memory Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret? in vivid detail. It was the first I had ever heard the word menstruation, though I think I knew what a period was. More or less.
After that, I was confident that I would enjoy the book if I were to read it by myself. I reread it again in Grade 5 and many more times since. Knowing how important church and religion were to my parents, but not knowing where to start, I started talking to God at night, just like Margaret did in the book. I remember feeling so upset when Margaret feels betrayed and gets angry at God, and then being furious at God myself when I didn’t get the role I wanted in The Wizard of Oz at school. For many years, I was anxious that my father could die suddenly at any moment. The thought of it kept me awake many a night. Today, listening to you in the documentary describe how you bargained with God in the hopes of sparing your father a premature death, I burst into tears.
In my twenties I started to question what place if any religion had in my life – I had stopped going to church weekly and talking to God. I went to teach English in Japan for a year and travelled a bit and visited shrines and temples and was curious about different cultures. When I was 25 I reread Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret? And it struck me that Margaret, when talking to God, was really having a conversation with herself, and that doing so helped her make sense of her life. It reminded me of the line in The Wizard of Oz when Glinda tells Dorothy that she had the power all along to get back to Kansas once she was ready. It was a really illuminating experience for me. When my daughter was about 9, I saw it in the bookstore and bought a copy for us to read together (the white cover with text on it – not the beautiful purple cover with the girl with swirling yellow hair that I borrowed from the school library in 1981). My daughter was VERY uncomfortable listening to me read it aloud, so after a chapter or two, we abandoned it to the bedside table. Maybe a year later, I noticed it had gone missing and my daughter admitted she had stolen the book and read it on her own in secret.
Anyway, I was moved to write to you today, inspired by your decades of correspondence with mostly young fans and a sincere desire to thank you for all of your stories, your dedication to readers and just to let you know how much I loved and still love your books. Like you, I feel a strong connection to my childhood, in which you played a significant role. After teaching Kindergarten for many years I will be moving up to Grade 3/4 next year and hope to squeeze in a Judy Blume read aloud… I’m not sure which one yet.
My now 16 year old daughter and I have a date to go see Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret?, the movie as soon as it comes out, and I can’t wait.
When you were growing up the Berensons, my Uncle Jack and Aunt ida, were your next door neighbors. Janie Berenson and Bobby were my first cousins. Aunt Ida was my father Saul Coplin’s sister all from Elizabeth. My mother is 106 years old as of April 6th and she has mentioned your writing as one of the great sons and daughters of Elizabeth. I just got through watching the documentary about you and wanted to say hello from us. Sincerely,
Peter Coplin, MD.. Princeton, NJ.
I just watched your documentary- Judy Blume Forever and as a 61 year old, it brought me back to when I was a 12 year old reading your books. For me, Deenie really hit home. I was diagnosed with scoliosis at 11, and it was devastating. At that age you embrace fitting in, not being different. There was so little discussion about it, certainly nothing in litterature, so this book truly helped me feel not so alone. Your books are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago, my daughter has read them and one day my granddaughter will too! It's beautiful that you found your forever love with George. Wishing you many more years of health and happiness.
I just finished watching your documentary on Amazon. While watching it, it never occurred to me when I was young, that I could write to you.
I just wanted to let you know that you were very much a part of my life growing up. Because of your books, which I have read every single one, I developed a love for reading that is still strong today. Books were my best friends when I was young. Your books helped me cope with alot of awkward feelings growing up. Thank you so much for developing my love for reading, and thank you for having the courage to write so truthfully!
First of all, I've read a few of your books as a child. I have always been a fan.
I have a podcast called "Conversations About..." and I would love to interview you for 30 minutes to an hour if you are free.
I thank you for your consideration and your time.
A fan since I could read,
I'd love to say hello in person and
wonder if there's a visit to Canada in the future? I mean, we love her here too! xo
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!
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