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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.

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Nicole from Våmhus wrote on April 24, 2023
You are a damned hero, Judy blume! That's the story I'd like to write...that or, "so you're having a boy!
~a woman's how-to marriage"
It is an alarming sign when a country begins taking rights away...thank you so much for your courage in standing up for our 1st ammendment throughout the years! I met my husband in sweden, which is where we reside with our 8 yr old son. Our son is nonverbal, which makes me worry so much about bullying, which I endured as a child; however, it feels much safer here in sweden. It's not perfect, but it is safer for our kid to grow up, since hate and intolerance is the message being sent to American kids, when banning books.i lived in volusia county for 12 years, so i understand your love for key west! Thanks for listening, and thanks again, Judy!
Joan from Jasper wrote on April 24, 2023
Watched your special on Prime Video over the weekend and just wanted to thank you for being you & the difference you make! I'll never forget reading Margaret in my younger years!
Porsha from Berwyn, PA wrote on April 24, 2023
Dear Ms. Blume,
Greetings! I hope this message finds you well.
I wanted to take a moment to share how much you've been an inspiration to me as a future author and person. I've been a fan of yours for decades now. Your books punctuated my childhood, and I enjoyed every single one I read.
I would have to say that "Just As Long As We're Together" is probably my favorite. I had so much in common with Stephanie. As the middle child of divorced parents, I felt like I was stuck in the middle of many relationships, and her journey of wanting everyone to get along strongly resonated with me.
I had an opportunity this weekend to watch your documentary. Thank you for sharing your creativity and wisdom with the world as well as for your vulnerability, kindness, and activism.

You have had an enormous impact on me as both a writer and a person.

As a writer, I also wanted the ability to connect with my audience with authenticity and thoughtfulness, as you did throughout all of your books. As a person, I also aspire to match just an ounce of your kindness. The fact that you took the time to respond to every fan letter is simply amazing.

Also, I must admit that I'm kicking myself that it never occurred to me to write to you as a child. Sending handwritten letters is what I love to do. I have no idea how that became such an epic fail on my part. All the more reason I'm so grateful for this guestbook! 🙂

Also, I wanted to share that every year on the evening of New Year's Eve, I write a letter to God expressing my hopes, dreams, and wishes for the upcoming year. I seal it and open it the folllowing NYE. I've been doing this for decades now. I must credit this tradition to you, as I'm sure "Are You There God? It's me, Margaret" was the influence.

I would be remiss if I didn't take this opportunity to reach out. Your ability to trust your instincts to give children a much-needed safe space and voice is so greatly appreciated by so many.

Even though I'm not published yet and mostly write stories for an audience of one, (my four-year-old son), I truly hope that I can do the same.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Warmest regards,
Porsha

P.S. - Perhaps I missed this on your bookstore website, but you should consider selling autographed copies of your book online through your bookstore. I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to travel to Key West, but I would certainly purchase many autographed copies for my son to read when he's of age and my nephews, who are 11 and soon to be 9. Just a thought! 🙂
Elaine Greenapple from Tucson, AZ wrote on April 24, 2023
Hello Judy,
I listened to your interview with Terri Gross today on NPR. It brought me way back to my early days of teaching in 1982 in Santa Cruz, California, where I taught a 4th, 5th and 6th-grade combination class. I read aloud Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret, a chapter or two a day, every day. One day, maybe halfway through the book, a group of girls in my class came up to me and said, "Ms. Greenapple, you have to stop reading that book. It's not good that the boys are hearing all this stuff." "No,", I told them, "it's really important that the boys hear all this stuff because they need to understand what is happening to girls right now so they have an idea of what you are all experiencing." They were not pleased that I continued reading the book. The fact that they came to me as a group meant that they had met before and discussed this, which I LOVED, and the fact that they were so concerned about what the boys were thinking and feeling, which made all of them more sensitive to each other's understanding of puberty. It was just fabulous. Who would have known that 50 years after that book was first written, that 40+ years after I first read that book aloud to kids, it would continue to be discussed and made into a movie. I'm so proud that I read it to kids, but not as proud as you must feel to have written that classic book and enlightened kids who were at such a tender age. Thanks for giving us this book for teachers to read to kids.
Regards,
Elaine Greenapple (now retired after 35 years of teaching elementary school!)
Barbara from Manalapan wrote on April 24, 2023
Dear Judy, I just watched Judy Blume Forever as I prepared dinner for my children and grandchildren. i had to sit down as I began to cry, listening to the part about the censorships and Pat Buchanan . I’m 67 and remember going to the marches to fight against book burnings and right to life. My tears are for the women and girls now who are now dealing with what we had hoped we put an end to then. Many of my friends have bought homes in Florida this year (we live in NJ) and now that all these new restrictions about abortion, book burning,turning in neighbors who might be transgender, plus so much more, I cannot in good conscience visit them or travel there. I feel sick with sadness and apprehension about what is happening now in our country.
Thank you for your words all these years. I hope that we will see an end to this horror on our lifetime.
Your reading fan for so many years of my life,
Barbara
Carolyn from Lenoir City wrote on April 24, 2023
Hey Judy, Many years ago, I worked for a Weight loss group in Linden Nj. It was called Lean Line, your dear Mom was in my group ! She loved talking about you ! At the time, my 3 daughters loved reading your books. I guess she's since passed away, I'm 78 & now living in E. TN.I loved talking w/ her, she was so very proud of you. Carol
Pam from Mainz, Germany wrote on April 24, 2023
I am so looking forward to seeing Dear God, It’s Me Margaret in movie form. Such an absolute treasure! As a pre-teen reading the book, I felt seen in a way that really, really helped!! It made all of the difference in the world. Thank you, Judy Blume! ❤️
Sheri from Bourbonnais wrote on April 24, 2023
Dear Judy, i have to start out with i just watched your Documentary on Prime and literally cried all the way through it , for two reasons . One, because it took me back to my childhood back in the 70’s and 80’s when I would just wait for your books to come out because they got me through so much , emotionally , that we just couldn’t talk to our parents about in those days . And two , I was JUST there in Key West a month ago and I had NO idea you had a shop there ! We are planning a family trip for next summer of ‘24 with my 3 grown daughters and my grandkids and I’m praying you will be there when we stop in ! I absolutely LOVED this documentary, thank you so much for opening up your personal life and telling your story . It makes me want to go back and read each and every book again . I’m taking a trip with a friend in a few weeks and I plan to order Summer Sisters to read again . I just wanted to drop and note to say Hi and to thank you for writing such wonderful stories . I can’t wait to stop in your store next year !
With so much love & admiration , Sheri
Jill from Indiana wrote on April 24, 2023
I just watched your Amazon documentary. I am a Gen X'er and enjoyed your books. It was a fight to get one from the school library, as they where always checked out! My growth goal for 2023 was to get more reading in. I just placed holds for 3 of your books with the library! Keep fighting for our liberties!
Kathleen from Dacula, Ga wrote on April 24, 2023
I am in my 43rd year of pediatric speech pathology work in metro Atlanta. I can not tell you your impact on my life. I use your book “Harriet the Spy” as a teaching tool to parents. I had ADHD from encephalitis before there was such a diagnosis and had such a hard time learning to read. I ordered Harriet the Spy at a book fair they had at school. I could not put it down. I am now an avid reader and work on reading and reading
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
Amber A from Cary, NC wrote on April 24, 2023
I just saw you on Good Morning America, that was a nice surprise this morning. A few months ago I found a collection of your books for sale at Target and picked it up immediately to gift to my daughter. I was so excited to share your books with her being that they were such a huge part of my childhood. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world!
Jonathan from Holly Springs, NC wrote on April 24, 2023
Ms. Judy Blume,
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."
Tina K from ASHEVILLE wrote on April 24, 2023
Never read your books. Hell, I have been spelling your name wrong. Sheesh. I am currently sick and watched your documentary on something streaming. It was fascinating and you are a literal hero.
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,
Tina Kessinger
Stephanie from Allentown wrote on April 24, 2023
Dear Judy,
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.
— Stephanie
Cathy C from Sutton wrote on April 24, 2023
April 23, 2023

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.
Love,
Cathy C
Sutton, Quebec
Canada
Peter Schleck from Park Ridge IL wrote on April 24, 2023
Hi Judy, I’ m not looking to get published on your website or anyplace else. I only wanted to touch base after over 60 years. You may remember that I dated Mary Sullivan in Elizabeth NJ before I was appointed to USNA in Annapolis. When we had a spring break in NYC Mary fixed you up with my classmate Dave Norwood when we went to the Copacabana for a group date. I invited Mary to June Week at Annapolis in 1956.. Unfortunately it was an unrequited relationship and I soon found a better match in my first wife who I met in my second year at Annapolis. We were married for 20 years and had 4 children. I retired from the Navy and spent 20 years in IT management and consulting. In 1984 I married my second wife, so we are looking forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary next year. From your essay I learned that Mary has married and has a family. I’d appreciate it if you would extend my thanks to her for helping me better relate to the women I later met and loved. And BTW I enjoyed reading “In the Unfortunate Event” as it recalled many of the sad events we experienced in 1951.
Karen Ann from RABBIT LAKE wrote on April 24, 2023
My dear late Mother Sylvia saw fit not to explain anything about maturation to my 2 younger sisters. Judy Blume's book saved the lot of us. We used birth control to put careers first, took forever to find the right men, then made time for children. Your book aided our maturation and indirectly, our destinies. Happy Birthday Judy! You Rock. From Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan- Canada.
Peter Coplin from Princeton wrote on April 24, 2023
Dear Ms Blume:
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.
Deb L from Toronto wrote on April 24, 2023
Dear Judy,
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.
Christine P from New Bedford, Massachusetts wrote on April 24, 2023
Dear Judy,
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!
Christine

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