It’s hard to measure the impact of Judy Blume on the world of children’s books. Some readers first meet her through her picture books. Others find her on the shelves for young readers and dive into the chaotic family life of Pete and Fudge Hatcher. Middle schoolers find comfort knowing that characters like Deenie and Margaret have the same challenges they do. And teens learn about first love and relationships.
In addition to being a best-selling author—and directly related to her being a best-selling author—is the fact that she’s an outspoken leader in the fight against censorship. Her own books have come under fire since the 1980s and are still challenged today. People have objected to the language, plot points, discussion of religion, and the choices her characters make in many of her books. She doesn’t stop at defending her own books, either. She’s quick to jump to the defense of fellow authors and their books when challenges arise.
Today, we’re joining fans across the globe to wish Judy Blume a very happy birthday.
Do you have a favorite memory of reading her books?
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