Author Judy Blume visits USM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A well-known, popular author visited The Univiersity of Southern Mississippi Thursday.

Judy Blume, author of books for children and young adults, received the Southern Miss Medallion during the University's Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival.

Blume talked about her love of both reading and writing before a crowd of about 500 librarians and book lovers at USM's Bennett Auditorium.

She has authored many books, including "Freckle Juice", "Super Fudge", and "Blubber."

The annual book festival draws authors and illustrators of children's books from across the country.

It is hosted by USM's School of Information and Library Science.