Judith Viorst

Judith Viorst (born February 3, 1931) is an American author, newspaper journalist, and psychoanalysis researcher. She is perhaps best known for her children's literature, such as The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (about the death of a pet) and the Alexander series of short picture books.

Viorst is a 1952 graduate of the Newark College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. In 1968, Viorst signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War. In the latter part of the 1970s, after two decades of writing for children and adults, she turned to the study of Freudian psychology. In 1981, after six years of study at Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, she became a research graduate there.

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    Our father presents an optional set of rhythms and responses for us to connect to. As a second home base, he makes it safer to roam. With him as an ally—a love—it is safer, too, to show that we’re mad when we’re mad at our mother. We can hate and not be abandoned, hate and still love.
    Judith Viorst (20th century)

    A gorgeous example of denial is the story about the little girl who was notified that a baby brother or sister was on the way. She listened in thoughtful silence, then raised her gaze from her mother’s belly to her eyes and said, ‘Yes, but who will be the new baby’s mommy?’
    Judith Viorst (20th century)

    With four walk-in closets to walk in,
    Three bushes, two shrubs, and one tree,
    The suburbs are good for the children,
    But no place for grown-ups to be.
    Judith Viorst (b. 1935)

    Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there.
    Judith Viorst (20th century)

    My mom says I’m her sugarplum.
    My mom says I’m her lamb.
    My mom says I’m completely perfect
    Just the way I am.
    My mom says I’m a super-special wonderful terrific little guy.
    My mom just had another baby.
    Why?
    Judith Viorst (20th century)