Happy Banned Books Week, everyone!
This is episode 7 of 12.
In episode 7 “Judy Blume Eyes,” Kristen and I cover the first lady of anticensorship, Ms. Judy Blume, and the four books of hers that appear on ALA’s Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books of 2000-2009.
Judy Blume has been speaking out against censorship since the first time an anonymous caller told her she was a communist for writing Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Why yes, that is ridiculous. Judy Blume wrote about a 12-year-old girl dealing with 12-year-old girl things: periods, bras, crushes, spirituality, and how religious beliefs fit in to it all. Through books like Are You There God?, Forever, and Blubber, she has given a voice to generations of girls growing up in America.
Books we discuss:
- Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, #99 on the Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books of the last decade
- Forever, #16
- Tiger Eyes, #87
- Blubber, #43
To learn more about Judy Blume, check out her official website.
and these edifying editions:
Doyle, R.P. (2010). Banned books: Challenging our freedom to read. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.
Foerstel, H.N. (2002). Banned in the U.S.A: A reference guide to book censorship in schools and public libraries. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
This podcast series, I’m with the Banned features personal conversations between Michele and Kristen, a reflection of their year of reading and research. They, like the Kennedy Library, hope you are inspired to have your own conversations to explore ideas around these complex topics.