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; BLUBBER; JUST AS LONG AS WE'RE TOGETHER; and the five-book series about the irrepressible Fudge. She has also written three novels for adults, SUMMER SISTERS; SMART WOMEN; and WIFEY, all of them New York Times bestsellers. More than 80 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into 31 languages. She receives thousands of letters a year 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. In 2004 she received the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
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; the Key West Literary Seminar; and the National Coalition Against Censorship.
Judy is a longtime advocate of intellectual freedom. Finding herself at the center of an organized book banning campaign in the 1980’s she began to reach out to other writers, as well as teachers and librarians, who were under fire. Since then, she has worked tirelessly with the National Coalition Against Censorship to protect the freedom to read. She is the editor of PLACES I NEVER MEANT TO BE: Original Stories by Censored Writers.
Judy recently completed the final book in a series of four books for young readers, illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist James Stevenson, which was published in May, 2009. The first, SOUPY SATURDAYS WITH THE PAIN & THE GREAT ONE, was published in September 2007. The second, COOL ZONE WITH THE PAIN & THE GREAT ONE, was issued in May, and GOING, GOING, GONE! WITH THE PAIN & THE GREAT ONE, her third book in this series, was published August 12, 2008.
Judy and her husband George Cooper live on islands up and down the east coast. They have three grown children and one grandchild.