Judy Blume is the recipient of the 1996 Margaret A. Edwards Award. This award honors an author whose books have appealed to young adults over a period of years. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and in addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.
In presenting this award to Judy Blume for Forever, the Young Adult Library Services Association recognizes that she broke new ground in her frank portrayal of Michael and Katherine, high school seniors who are in love for the first time. Their love and sexuality are described in an open, realistic manner and with great compassion. The emotions experienced by Michael and Katherine are as true today as they were when the book was written in 1975. The appeal of the book is fresh and continuous because everyday someone, somewhere finds a first love.
In recognition or her outstanding contribution to literature for young adults, we present the 1996 Margaret A. Edwards Award to Judy Blume.