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Happy Birthday, Judy Blume

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She's the voice of our generation.

Momlogic's Julie: Judy Blume was my childhood hero. Her books were so empowering because they told the truth about what we were going through in that moment. Yet they were also timeless.

Here is a list of beloved books by Judy Blume:

The Books of Judy Blume

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Fourth grader Peter Hatcher has a terrible problem -- his little brother Fudge! The first in a very funny five book series.


A person who can laugh at herself will be respected, right?

But Linda doesn't laugh. And maybe that's the problem. There's something about her that makes Jill and a lot of kids in her fifth-grade class want to see how far they can go. But nobody, least of all Jill, expects the fun to end where it does.

Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself

It's 1947 and Sally Freedman is full of wild ideas. She's got her eye on handsome Peter Hornstein, the Latin lover of her dreams -- on Mr. Zavodsky, who looks suspiciously like Hitler in disguise -- and on her father, who Sally misses terribly. Whatever happens, 5th grade in Miami Beach will definitely be different. It might even be a real life adventure.

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

"Are you there God? It's me, Margaret. I can't wait until two o'clock God. That's when our dance starts. Do you think I'll get Philip Leroy for a partner? It's not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he's very handsome. And I'd love to dance with him... just once or twice. Thank you God."

A move from the city to the suburbs, sixth grade in a different school, a new group of friends. But Margaret handles her own funny, endearing way.


When Deenie sees the brace for the first time, she wants to scream, Forget it...I'm never going to wear that thing! But the words won't come out. And beautiful Deenie, who everyone says should be a model, is stuck wearing a brace from her neck to her hips. What will her friends think? And what about Buddy Brader, who was just starting to like her? A tough ride to finding out who you are.


The saga of Katherine's and Michael's love is a joyous one, filled with all the wonder of "the first time." They meet on New Year's Eve and become completely involved with each other. It's an idyllic affair -- until they're separated that summer...

The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo

Lately, second grader Freddy Dissel has that left-out kind of feeling. Life can be lonely when you're the middle kid in the family. Freddy feels like "the peanut butter part of a sandwich," squeezed between an older brother and little sister. But now, Freddy has the chance to show everyone how special he is and, most of all, prove it to himself.

The Pain and The Great One

A funny look at sibling rivalry as an eight-year-old girl, "The Great One," and her six-year-old brother, "The Pain," state their cases about each other and who is best loved by their parents.

Freckle Juice

Nicky has freckles -- they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. Once, sitting behind him in class, Andrew counted eighty-six of them, and that was just a start! If Andrew had freckles like Nicky, his mother would never know if his neck was dirty.

Soupy Saturdays with the Pain & the Great One

Seven energetic and comical new stories about the spunky siblings first seen in The Pain and the Great One. In equally sassy voices Abigail, 8, and Jake, 6, capture slices of Saturday life, from getting haircuts to dog-sitting. With sly illustrations by James Stevenson. The companion book to Cool Zone.

Cool Zone with the Pain & the Great One

The Pain and the Great One hardly agree on anything. But deep down this brother and sister duo know they can count on each other, especially at school, where it sometimes takes two to figure things out -- like when that first loose tooth falls out on the school bus. Or when an unwanted visitor on "Bring Your Pet to School Day" needs to be caught. And worst of all, when a scary bully says you're burnt toast.

Seven laugh-out-loud adventures in seven brand-new stories. With hilarious illustrations by James Stevenson. The companion book to Soupy Saturdays.

Going, Going, Gone! with the Pain & the Great One

The Pain and the Great One are going places! In seven comical new stories, Jake and Abigail are on the move. A day at the beach finds the waves perfect for Boogie boarding but only one of them thinks riding in to shore is the best fun ever. At the county fair their ideas about which fabulous rides to go on are very different. Whether it's a trip to the emergency room, or a visit to Grandpa Pete's -- whether it's pussy willows in the wrong place, or alligators where they belong -- these spunky siblings share their adventures in equally sassy voices. James Stevenson's lively, action-packed illustrations make this a perfect book for reading alone or sharing -- at home, at school, or on the go!

Friend or Fiend? with the Pain & the Great One

What's the difference between a friend and a fiend? Those sassy siblings, the Pain and the Great One, are about to find out in seven new stories. Jake is so embarrassed by a reading circle blunder, he vows never to speak in class again. Abigail believes she can no longer trust one of her best friends. Their teenage cousins have turned into fiends. And on the perfect snow day, someone jumps on Jake and pushes his face in the snow. Not fun! In fact, fiendish. Jake and Abigail plan a brithday party to celebrate the date when Fluzzy first became part of their family. But only Fluzzy knows what really happened on that dark and stormy night - and will he or won't he tell?

Places INever Meant to Be

Judy asked prominent authors whose writing has been censored or challenged to contribute an original story to a collection that would benefit the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Featuring stories by David Klass, Norma Klein, Julius Lester, Chris Lynch, Harry Mazer, Norma Fox Mazer, Walter Dean Myers, Katherine Paterson, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Rachel Vail, Jacqueline Woodson and Paul Zindel, with an Introduction by Judy Blume. All authors' royalties from this book go to the National Coalition Against Censorship.


Nothing is easy for 11 year old, Peter Hatcher. It's hard enough to have an impossible little brother like Fudge, but now there's a new baby coming. And if this baby is anything like Fudge, that's it -- Peter is moving out! Just when he thinks it can't get any worse, Peter finds out that Fudge will be in kindergarten at the same school where he'll be in 6th grade!


Peter Hatcher's summer is not looking good. First of all, Peter's brother Fudge -- the five-year-old human hurricane -- has a plan: to marry Peter's sworn enemy, Sheila Tubman. Disgusting! Could anything be worse? Yes! Because Peter's parents have decided to rent a summer house next door to the Tubman's. Which means Peter will be stuck with Fudge and Sheila the Cootie Queen for three whole weeks!

Double Fudge

Peter Hatcher's summer is not looking good. First of all, Peter's brother Fudge -- the five-year-old human hurricane -- has a plan: to marry Peter's sworn enemy, Sheila Tubman. Disgusting! Could anything be worse? Yes! Because Peter's parents have decided to rent a summer house next door to the Tubman's. Which means Peter will be stuck with Fudge and Sheila the Cootie Queen for three whole weeks!

Iggie's House

When Grove Street gets its first black family, Winnie is a welcoming party of one. This was Judy Blume's first novel.

It's Not the End of the World

Karen has decided she'll never get married. Just look at her parents. All they do is fight. And now Karen's dad has moved out of the house and they're talking about divorce. But despite their fighting, Karen is sure they can work it out if they really try. Can Karen hold the family together-or is that really the best solution?

Then Again, Maybe I Won't

Ever since his dad got rich from an invention and his family moved to a wealthy neighborhood on Long Island, Tony Miglione's life has been tumed upside down. For starters, there's his new friend Joel, who shoplifts. Then there's Joel's sixteen-year-old sister, Lisa, who gets undressed every night without pulling down her shades. And there's Grandma, who won't come down from her bedroom. On top of all his other worries, Tony has questions about growing up.... Why couldn't things have stayed the same?

Just As Long As We're Together

Rachel is Stephanie's best friend. Since the second grade they have shared all their secrets, good and bad. So when Alison moves in, Stephanie hopes that the three of them can be best friends because Stephanie really likes Alison. After all, they have even more to share now, including seventh grade and Jeremy Dragon, the cutest boy in junior high. The companion book to Here's To You, Rachel Robinson.

Here's to You, Rachel Robinson

Rachel's a straight-A student. She practices the flute 45 minutes a day. She strives for perfection in everything she does. But she grinds her teeth at night and dreads dinnertime, now that her troublemaker older brother, Charles, has been thrown out of boarding school and is back home, acting up to get attention. It's the end of 7th grade and Rachel's friends, Stephanie and Alison are way less stressed than she is. Can they help Rachel learn to lighten up? Can anyone? The companion book to Just As Long As We're Together.

Tiger Eyes

After Davey's father is killed in a hold-up, she and her mother and younger brother visit relatives in New Mexico. Here Davey is befriended by a young man who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears.

Letters to Judy: What Your Kids Wish They Could Tell You

Judy's most personal book. Letters from her readers tied together with autobiographical details.


It's summer 1970, and Sandy Pressman's husband wants her to make new friends at "the club" ... But Sandy has other ideas.

Smart Women

The story of Margo and B.B., divorced friends living in Boulder Colorado, and of their two teenaged daughters. When Margo falls in love with B.B's ex, it becomes a complex romantic triangle seen through the eyes of both the adults and their children.

Summer Sisters

Summer Sisters unfolds over almost twenty summers in the lives of two young women - from 1977 when they're twelve to 1995 when they celebrate their thirtieth birthdays. There's a love story at the center, and the story of a friendship more intense and longer lasting than many love affairs.

Happy birthday, Judy! Thanks for the memories.

next: Cupid, Take Aim at My Ex -- Please!
1 comments so far | Post a comment now
naila February 12, 2010, 10:34 AM

oh goodness I LOVED judy blume..her books explained my feelings exactly!

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