Happy 80th Birthday to Judy Blume
…the writer of children’s books and young adult fiction. Her titles, including ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ and ‘Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,’ have sold over 82 million copies and been translated into 32 languages. Samantha Bee, Molly Ringwald, and other celebs gathered last week to honor the iconic New Jersey author who has been named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress for her appeal spanning several generations of adolescent readers. (1938)
Judy Blume was born on February 12, 1936 to Rudolph and Esther Sussman. She was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Blume graduated with honors from her high school, Battin, and went on to Boston University. She was forced to quit college after a year because of a disease that caused her to have too many large white blood cells. She then transferred to New York University where she graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education. She then had two children, Randy Lee and Lawrence Andrew. Many of her books are about the challenge pre-teens face when growing up in middle-class America.
Judy Blume has written many books, mostly focusing on middle-class children and the problems they face in their lives. She started out writing books meant only for adults, such as Wifey, Smart noen, and Summer Sisters. As time passed, Blume began to write books for children.