Here were my top five favorite stories that Judy told or answers to questions that Judy gave....
1) The character Fudge is based on her son who is now 48. In real life he did many of the things that Fudge did. He did not really eat a small pet turtle though. Judy found that story in a newspaper and just knew it had to be part of a book.
2) She did not always want to be a writer. As a young mother it was something that just sort of happened. She started with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing which was originally meant to be a picture book. Judy did not actually pick the title for the book herself. She gave a list of titles to her editor and that was the one chosen.Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
3) The first time she encountered censorship issues was at her child's school when Are You There God, It's Me Margret came out. She gave the school several copies of the book, but the male principal said they could not go on the library shelf. Judy has sense become an activist against censorship.
4) The final "Fudge" book was written for her grandson who told her "you must get back to work" meaning you must write more about Fudge.
5) She talked about her earliest trips to the library at four, the way she loves the smell of library books, playing librarian as a child, and hiding her favorite library book Madeline so that she never had to return it because it meant so much to her.
some of my original Judy Blume favorites...
The crowd was so big and the line was so long that there was only time for candid shots. Judy was so gracious to have personal conversations with everyone though.
Here I am with my my wonderful librarian friend, Elaine, and her friend Dorothy. Elaine is the BEST librarian there is!! Her story times, lessons, and creative reading incentives are phenomenal!! I miss working with her so much!! I love you Elaine!!