Elizabeth, New Jersey
Judy Blume is known for her frank books that deal with such topics as menstruation, obesity, and premarital sex. Her books have made her popular with many teens and controversial with some adults.
Judy Sussman Blume has described her mother as a shy individual who was found of reading Her father, a dentist, was outgoing and handy with tools. Blume has said she is more like her father, and her brother, David, four years older, is more like their mother.
Favorite books from her youth were Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans and, when she was in fifth grade, the betsy and Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace.
As a child, Blume said, the felt frustrated by the answers she received to questions about sex. She learned more through friends at school than at home.
Blume married John Blume, a young lawyer in 1959; they have two children. In 1960, Blume received a bachelor of arts degree from New York University. At the same time that she was begining her life as a wife and mother, she began writing. She signed up for a course in fiction for children and teens and wrote several stories for the class, including an early version of what would later be published as The one in theMiddle Is the Green Kangaroo