When you are done with the Fudge series, you should have students explore other titles by Judy Blume. Here are some suggested titles and activities:
Pain and the Great One Series
Why is the character called Pain?
- How does the character act/change in the different stories?
- Does this character remind you of someone?
Pretend you are Pain and write a story about what happened to you one day.
The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo
This is about a second grader, Freddy Dissel and how he feels being left out. It is a story of how he overcomes his negative feelings and gets to prove how special he is.
This is an excellent read aloud for middle elementary and is especially helpful at the beginning of year or to reinforce how important it is to not hurt anyone’s feelings.
Students can be encouraged to make up a story of their own where they experienced something similar to Freddy.
This story is loved by all children and it encourages creativity.
- Come up with their own recipe for Freckle Juice and explain why they picked their ingredients
- Talk about different characteristics people have (tall, short, brown hair, blue eyes, etc). Students can make a list of their traits or draw on a picture of themselves. They can write about a time they were unhappy with one of their traits.
The list of Judy Blume books and activities is endless. I would recommend a selection of other books for students to read independently and present the story to the class in a format other than a story. For example, a comic strip, a small skit or an illustrated story.
Judy Blume has books for middle and high school students as well. Students who enjoy these books in elementary school will always reach out to read more. She has a style that appeals to all. Students will talk about her books for years to come.