Blume said she felt “very excited” when she finished writing Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret back
the library at the school her children attended.
gets her period, and the principal thought menstruation was an inappropriate topic
for his primary school’s library.
happen,” Blume said Thursday during this
year’s Clemens Lecture for the Mark Twain House & Museum.
classroom libraries removed or chose not to get a number of her books.
four of Blume’s books – Forever, Blubber, Are You
There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. and Tiger Eyes
– were on a list of the 100 most frequently challenged books between 1990 and
1999 and from 2000 to 2009.
a deterrent for her, but rather a source of pride because so many great authors
have had their books banned, including Mark Twain, the pen name for writer Samuel
list as Mr. Clemens,” Blume said.
Huckleberry Finn,” is frequently under fire, and appeared on the same censored lists
as Blume’s books.
character, Huckleberry Finn. “This will get any book banned.”
longtime fan of Blume and her work. One of the things she admires about Blume,
Sondik said, is her stance against censorship.
Twain’s work,” said Jeffrey Nichols, executive director of the Mark Twain
House. “There’s a kinship between the two.”
of the openness of 1970s culture.
afraid is good.”
public library, but a school or classroom library that kept her work out.
they’re the books that kids like,” said Blume, “and if kids like it, it must be
International Junior Reporter Avery St. Germain contributed to this story.
See the rest of Youth Journalism International’s five-part package on Judy Blume’s visit to Hartford:
Author Judy Blume Tells Her Own Stories
Video: Writing Advice From Judy Blume
Longtime Judy Blume Fan Meets The Author
Generations Of Readers Love Judy Blume