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Happy Birthday, Judy Blume!

Are you there, Judy? It's us, MAKERS, and we want to wish you a very happy birthday!
 
Judy Blume is far and away one of America’s most beloved authors. From Tiger Eyes to Forever to Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, it's unlikely any girl who has read a Judy Blume novel didn't find a bit of her own story within the pages.
 
At 25, Blume already had two children in suburban New Jersey, but no outlet for her creativity. So when her kids went off to school, she took the quiet time to sit in front of her typewriter and write. She wanted to engage readers the way she felt engaged growing up by authors like Beverly Cleary, Louise Fitzhugh, and E.L Konigsberg.
 
What she would go on to publish addressed the taboos of puberty and nascent sexuality. After her daughter told her that in all the books she was reading, any girl who engaged in sex was punished in some way or another, Blume says she wanted to show "sexuality with responsibility--and damn! I wanted girls to have a good time! I was a girl."
 
Having conquered the teenage readership, and despite censorship battles--her books were initially censored back in the day for talking about puberty--Blume was able to expand into adult novels. In 1978 she wrote the bestselling novel Wifey, which exposed the 1950s idea of marriage to the sexual revolution.
 
Today, Blume's books have sold more than 80 million copies in 31 languages. Because of her fearlessness when it comes to writing honestly, she is unfortunately a consistent fixture on the American Library Association's list of authors most frequently banned. She continues to work with the National Coalition Against Censorship to support teachers and librarians who fight to keep challenged books on their shelves.
 
Blume is currently working on a novel set in the 1950s in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey. We can't wait to read it!
 
Happy Birthday, Judy Blume!
 
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