In honor of Banned Books Week, which began Sunday, September 30th and runs to October 6th, Teen Tuesday urges you to celebrate your right to read by highlighting a beloved author whose body of work has entertained and informed generations of parents, teens and children.
Many of you, no doubt, are very familiar with best-selling author, Judy Blume, whose many books are classics of children’s literature—Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge, and Forever, just to name a few favorites. Yet, according to the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, Judy Blume was the second most challenged author between the years 1990 to 2004 (Who was number one? You’ll be surprised.) and her novel, Forever, was one of the top ten most challenged books in 2005. So you can imagine she has some pretty strong opinions about censorship. You can read them here. Judy Blume also edited and wrote the introduction to Places I Never Meant To Be, a collection of short stories from a dozen authors whose own books have been censored or challenged, familiar names like Susan Beth Pfeffer, Walter Dean Myers, and Jacqueline Woodson. There’s one copy left in the library district, so put it on request. What better way to celebrate Banned Books Week . . . .
Incidentally, Judy Blume wrote the screenplay for her novel, Tiger Eyes, which was directed by her son, Lawrence Blume, and is currently making the rounds at independent film festivals. Check out the movie’s official Facebook page here.