Judy Blume

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Judy Blume, c. 2015.

Judy Blume (born Judith Sussman; 1938-02-12), is an American writer most famous for her books written for children and teens, although she has also written adult novels and non-fiction books.


Throughout elementary school I read several of Judy Blume's books including Freckle Juice, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (which I re-read with my mother and sister), Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, and Blubber. When my daughters were born, I re-read several of her books to see which ones would be best for my girls, and, by reading about her books, I learned she also wrote a handful of teen and adult fiction, which I tried as well.

I especially love that Blume doesn't talk down to her readers or write books without substance. Instead, she covers a multitude of topics that directly pertain to children, many of which some parents are afraid to discuss with their children including lying, bullying, religion, menstruation, eating disorders, divorce, racism, sex, and masturbation. Because of this, Blume's book are among the most challenged by Conservatives who want to "protect" their children.


I categorize each book based on their age group. If the rank is missing, I haven't yet read the book.

Picture Books

These books are for children just getting old enough to read.

Title Published Rank
The Pain and the Great One 1974-??-??
Soupy Saturdays With the Pain and the Great One 2007-??-??
Going, Going, Gone! With the Pain and the Great One 2008-??-??

Children and Young Adult Fiction

These books were written for children around the ages of 8-14 and deal with issues faced by children of that age.

Title Published Rank
The One In the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo 1969-??-??
Iggie's House 1970-??-??
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. 1970-??-?? 1
Then Again, Maybe I Won't 1971-??-??
Freckle Juice 1971-??-?? 5
It's Not the End of the World 1972-??-??
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing 1972-??-?? 4
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great 1972-??-?? 2
Deenie 1973-??-??
Blubber 1974-??-?? 3
Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself 1977-??-??
Superfudge 1980-??-??
Just As Long As We're Together 1987-??-??
Fudge-a-Mania 1990-??-??
Here's to You, Rachel Robinson 1993-??-??
Places I Never Meant to Be (Editor) 1999-??-??
Double Fudge 2002-??-??

Teen and Adult Fiction

These books were written for teenagers and adults and deal with more complex issues.

Title Published Rank
Forever... 1975-??-??
Wifey 1978-??-??
Tiger Eyes 1981-??-?? 2
Smart Women 1983-??-??
Summer Sisters 1998-??-??
In the Unlikely Event 2015-06-02 1


These books are non-fiction for children and adults.

Title Published Rank
Letters to Judy: What Kids Wish They Could Tell You 1986-??-??
The Judy Blume Diary 1981-08-15



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