2/19/14

Who Doesn't Love Judy Blume?

Judy Blume is one of those authors so big, so classic, and so widely read, you don't have to remember reading her books to know who she is.

Probably because she's been writing and publishing for over 40 years.

Judy Blume is a cornerstone of literature for teenagers and most other age groups, and rightly so.  She digs into the stories and characters we know, love, and don't often get to read about.  The book you probably know by title alone is Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.  And seriously, reading over the first few pages in the Amazon viewer, the book is timeless.  Forty years haven't changed the fact that moving, making new friends, and trying to wrap your head around the ins and outs of growing up are daunting, scary, confusing things.

It's probably the timelessness of Judy Blume's books that make her perfect for readers of any generation and is prompting her publisher (Simon & Schuster) to relaunch her books with more modern, simple covers.

Today Books has a great article on the recent cover reveals with artwork for four of them.  I think the hot pink and lipstick cover for Deenie is my favorite, followed closely by Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself.  I love the pink star-shaped glasses on the bold yellow background.

Judy Blume
Simon & Schuster
Judy Blume
Simon & Schuster

 














You can see what a huge difference in covers this is when you hover over the linked titles.  Here's the cover from the Deenie paperback in 1975:



(That's Deenie on the cover wearing a back brace for scoliosis.)

It's a huge update, one that I hope will be successful and let a new generation of readers discover Judy Blume's straightforward, understanding stories.

What are your memories of Judy Blume and her books?  What do you think of the new line of covers, set to launch this spring?

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