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Judy Blume, Simon & Schuster Children's, and MY BIG NEWS (Part 1)

 February 16, 2014 edit: Also see Part 2 of my Judy Blume news!!!!

You can see the official cover reveal today in:

but S&S gave me permission to post the other middle grade covers here as well.




Huge thanks to Justin Chanda for inviting me to audition for this project. When he called me a few weeks ago to tell me I got the job, I screamed. A LOT. I'm sure I broke his eardrums.

Then I called Jeff at work and screamed at him as well.

It's been huge fun working with Lauren Rille, the art director on this project responsible for the fantastic cover design, and working with Justin Chanda and Namrata Tripathi on ideas as well. I'll be posting more details and thanks in a future blog post.

But for now...


Just WOW.



(Note about the above: I only illustrated the cover for ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET; there are no interior illustrations - I suspect this listing may change, so had to take a screenshot before it did. But still, I really do wish I could send the above listing to my younger self.) 

 February 16, 2014 edit: Also see Part 2 of my Judy Blume news!!!!

Reader Comments (13)

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS NEWS. Congratulations! Could you even have imagined that this would happen when you were a girl reading those books?

February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia Liu

Absolutely awesome, Debbie! Congratulations!

Judy Blume has given children of many generations such a wonderful literary experience...and is such a wonderful person.

How wonderful to be part of her work in this way.

February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngie Mangino

I am elated for you, Debbie! It couldn't have happened to a better person, a more talented person, a more deserving person. Huge congratulations for this well-deserved rocket ship to success for you!

February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTherese Walsh

Congrats, Debbie! ALL of your success is so very well-deserved. :)

February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristina Katz


February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

That is SO cool, Debbie! That is such cool and well-deserved news!

February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNina

YAY!!!!! SOOOO Awesome! Congratulations Debbie! *HUGS* and *happy dance*

February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaya McM.

Sylvia, Angie, Therese, Christina, Donna, Nina, Maya: Thank you so much! :-) I'm pretty thrilled (especially since I'm a Judy Blume fangirl).

February 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterDebbie Ridpath Ohi

THRILLED for you. You go, Debbie!

February 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertanita

How cool is THAT, Debbie?!!!! Congrats! Yay!!!!! :D

February 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter:Donna

That's amazing! And of course, they're so super cute. I'm so excited to see your talent recognized more and more.

February 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRonni

I am BEYOND excited for you, Debbie! To design covers for such classics--what a dream come true. That's just wonderful.

February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterClaire M. Caterer

Super awesome, Debbie!

February 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGreg R. Fishbone

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