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Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume

Judy BlumeEnhance Your Book Club Experience

For extra fun, make photocopies of the author survey questions to pass around to members of your Book Club, or forward it around via email. You can respond anonymously, or share your answers openly.

When you get together to discuss EVERYTHING, have each member bring a snack--specifically, her favorite junk food from the age she became a Judy Blume fan!

Judy Blume tackles many universally challenging topics in her books, including the sometimes strained relationships between mothers and daughters. Designate a Book Club meeting to which everyone is invited to bring either her mother or her daughter. Before the meeting, each member should share her favorite Judy Blume book with her guest. When you're all gathered together, go around the room and share which parts of the book reminded you of each other, helped you to better understand each other's point of view, or generally made you feel closer.

Several of Judy Blume's books have been scrutinized, challenged, attacked, and otherwise fought by censors, including Blubber, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Forever, Deenie, and Tiger Eyes.  Visit the link below to view a list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990--2000 and also the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2005. How many of these books have you or your children read? How do you feel about the efforts to restrict access to these books?

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