Celebrating her birthday on February 12th, Judy Blume grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and dreamed about becoming a cowgirl, a detective, a spy, a great actress or a ballerina. She made stories up in her head while she was bouncing a ball against the side of the house, practicing piano or while playing with paper dolls. Growing up Judy kept a notebook with all the names of her characters and how they were doing. When her children started pre-school, Judy began to write about the characters that had been her head for so long her knew them as real people.
"Read your work aloud! This is the best advice I can give," Judy Blume states, "When you read aloud you find out how much can be cut, how much is unnecessary. You hear how the story flows. And nothing teaches you as much about writing dialogue as listening to it."
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret was awarded Outstanding Book of the Year, New York Times, in 1970.