Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Congratulations, Judy Blume!

A well deserved tribute

The National Book Foundation will award Judy Blume with its annual medal for distinguished contribution to American letters. The New York Times reports:

Ms. Blume, author of "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret," "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" and "Freckle Juice," among others, is the first author of books written primarily for children to receive the medal, which has been awarded for 16 years.

...In an interview, Ms. Blume said that news of the award was "a total shock," and that she had not known the medal existed. "For the National Book Foundation to acknowledge the importance of children's books and those who write them is very satisfying," she continued. "We're the ones who get kids to read."

...While beloved by teenagers, her books have not garnered similar critical praise, and until recently often appeared on lists of books most often banned by school libraries.

Young readers have the final say, and they read and read and read Judy Blume's books!

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