Today is a holiday you may not have heard of yet — but if you grew up reading, you’ll probably want to celebrate it. It’s Blumesday, a riff on yesterday’s longstanding tribute to James Joyce and Ulysses, but meant to celebrate everyone’s favorite writer of books for young readers, Judy Blume. As holiday creators (what a title) Joanna Miller and Heather Larimer explain, “We realized that there is a whole community around this writer that feels just as impassioned about her work as people feel about the work of James Joyce,” and thus Judy Blumesday was born. To mark the date, and to provide for the Judy Blume toast you should definitely be giving tonight, Flavorwire has collected some of Blume’s essential wisdom on reading, writing, and living.
“Whatever gets [students] excited about reading is good! If you want them to read my books don’t tell them so. Maybe just leave around a paperback with a new cover and say, ‘I’m not sure you’re ready for that.’” — Reddit AMA, 2013