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Official Bio

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We're Together; and Forever. She has also written the novels Wifey, Smart Women, and her latest, Summer Sisters, the New York Times No. 1 bestseller. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-something languages. She receives thousands of letters a month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her.

Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year the American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.

She is the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation. She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. Recently, she edited Places I Never Meant To Be, Original Stories by Censored Writers. Currently, she is working on a book about the irrepressible Fudge.

Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper, who writes nonfiction. They have three grown children and one incredible grandchild.

The Complete Written Works of Judy Blume

Picture Books:
  • The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo
  • The Pain and the Great One
  • Freckle Juice

For Middle Grade readers:

  • Iggie's House
  • Blubber
  • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
  • Then Again, Maybe I Won't
  • It's Not the End of the World
  • Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself
  • Deenie
  • Just As Long As We're Together
  • Here's to You, Rachel Robinson

For Younger Readers, the "Fudge" books:

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • Superfudge
  • Fudge-a-mania
  • Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
  • Double Fudge

For Young Adults:

  • Tiger Eyes
  • Forever
  • Letters to Judy: What Kids Wish They Could Tell You
  • Places I Never Meant To Be [Edited by Judy Blume]

For Adult Readers:

  • Wifey
  • Smart Women
  • Summer Sisters




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