She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and
concerns with her.
Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.
She serves on the boards of the Author’s Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. In Spring 2002, Judy was a spokesperson for the Cheerios “A Book for Every Child” literacy campaign which benefited Reading is Fundamental, America’s largest literacy organization. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.
Judy’s first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972. She is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the publication of Double Fudge. Just as generations of fans have loved the Fudge books, generations of Judy’s family have inspired them. Thirty years ago, Fudge was inspired by her son, Larry, and now Double Fudge was written at the request of her grandson, Elliot.
Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild.
12th February, 1938; Elizabeth, N.J. USAFAVOURITE BOOK/SONG/FILM:
Oh, I can’t choose “favourites”, there are too many to choose from.When did you start writing?
In the late sixies. I was in my twenties with two small children. I desperately needed a creative outlet – creative work. Writing changed my life, may have even saved it.Where do you get your ideas?
That’s the question, isn’t it? I’ve no idea how it works. Don’t want to know. I’m just happy that ideas keep coming. It has do with another part of the brain. When I’m writing I’m unaware, almost in a trance.
Can you give your top three tips to becoming a successful author?
1. Determination – refuse to give up.
2. Hard work – (one must learn to accept rejection and criticism which is equally difficult).
3. Talent helps – nurture your talent by using it.
What are your hobbies?
Physical activities / kayaking, biking, walking, reading, movies, theatre.
If you hadn’t been a writer, what do you think you would have been?
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