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Author Judy Blume Honored with Literary Awards

Urbana, IL -- September 16, 2013 -- Judy Blume, an icon of young adult literature and an advocate for students and their rights to read her books and others like them, will accept the NCTE/SLATE National Intellectual Freedom Award as well as the ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE) Award in November at the NCTE Annual Convention in Boston, MA.

"I still own the paperback copies of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Blubber that I bought at my 5th grade school book fair, as well as the copy of Tiger Eyes that my 6th grade math teacher took from me when I was reading instead of listening to her lesson. I learned about scoliosis from Deenie, The New York Times from It's Not the End of the World, and sex from Forever," wrote Jennifer Buehler who nominated Judy Blume to receive the 2013 ALAN Award, recognizing Blume's outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature.

"Judy Blume has done more than write unflinchingly honest books that allow her readers to explore themes and topics that raise eyebrows (and the ire) of censors. . . Tirelessly, she has responded with encouragement and support when her books were challenged or banned all across the nation. She has written countless letters, made phone calls to both supporters and detractors, and often appeared in person to become the voice of reason not only for her own books but for the principles of intellectual freedom in general, " writes ReLeah Lent, chair of the selection committee for the Intellectual Freedom Award. In 1999, Blume rallied writers to join a project to benefit the National Coalition Against Censorship. The result was the short story anthology Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers (Simon & Schuster, 1999).

Blume will receive the NCTE/SLATE National Intellectual Freedom Award on Thursday, November 21, during the Opening General Session; she will accept the ALAN Award during the ALAN Breakfast on Saturday, November 23, during the NCTE Annual Convention in Boston, MA.

The National Council of Teachers of English, with 35,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. ALAN is one of 17 special interest membership groups affiliated with NCTE.

Contact NCTE Communications: Millie Davis,, 217-278-3634


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