Judy Blume On Screen

Judy BlumeChances are, you've heard the name Judy Blume.  She has written all kinds of books for readers spanning from children to adults, but Blume is best known for her charming, relatable, and unflinchingly honest books for tweens and teens.

Blume launched herself into the public eye (and the hearts of young readers) with her 1970 book Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.  This book was, in many ways, unprecedented.   In it, Blume honestly (and accessibly) discussed the complications of early adolescent life, from religion to menstruation, brassieres and boys.  Over the next few decades, Blume would become known (and beloved) for this kind of sincere, down-to-earth discussion of difficult — and often taboo — topics, such as masturbation, sex, and birth control.

Of course, tackling the taboo brings on controversies of its own.  Blume is, unsurprisingly, one of the most challenged authors to date.  Her books have been pulled off shelves for containing inappropriate or adult themes.  However, young readers around the world continue to see themselves in her work and to seek out her joyful, complicated, unafraid stories.

And just next month, a brand new film adaptation of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is hitting theaters!  Check out the trailer below:

Believe it or not, this feature film is not the only exciting new media from Judy Blume.  A week before the release of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume will be sharing her own story in an Amazon Prime documentary:

 

April is shaping up to be a good month for Judy Blume fans!  Whether you're planning to catch the adaptation or the documentary, or whether you just want to snuggle up for a (re?)read of one of her books, explore some of our favorites:

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Freckle Juice Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Blubber

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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. By Judy Blume Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781665921312
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 28th, 2023

Freckle Juice By Judy Blume, Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Judy Blume, Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781481411028
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 27th, 2014

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing By Judy Blume Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142408810
Availability: Not Currently In-Store; May require 2-3 days before shipping
Published: Puffin Books - April 5th, 2007

Superfudge By Judy Blume Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142408803
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - April 5th, 2007

Blubber By Judy Blume Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481410137
Availability: Not Currently In-Store; May require 2-3 days before shipping
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 29th, 2014