The featured author for February is Judy Blume.  Her birthday is February 12, 1938.  She spent most of her childhood in New Jersey, except for two years in Miami Beach, Florida.  Judy graduated from New York University in 1961 with a degree in education.  She soon began writing books.  The books in the “Fudge” series are her most popular.  The first book in the series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972.  Judy’s son Larry was the inspiration for the character of Fudge.  Her grandson Elliot inspired the last Fudge book, Double Fudge.

Judy Blume has received many awards for her books, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement.  She is very interested in the subject of literacy, and works with a number of groups that provide books for children.

Judy Blume and her husband divide their time between Key West and New York.  Judy describes herself as “a summer person.”  She enjoys movies, theater, reading, dancing, needlepoint, baseball, and her grandson.  For more information about Judy Blume, or to check out one of her books, please see the “Happy Birthday” display in the LMC.