6 Dr. Seuss books will cease publication due to racial imagery, company says
Dr. Seuss Enterprises has announced it will cease the publication and licensing of six of his books due to racist and insensitive imagery, the company said Tuesday.
“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement. “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families.”
Copies of “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer” will no longer be published.
The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company told the AP.
“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” the statement continued.
“The Cat in the Hat,” one of Seuss’ most popular books, has also received criticism but will continue to be published for now.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises, however, said they are “committed to listening and learning and will continue to review our entire portfolio.”
The announcement comes on what would have been Dr. Seuss’ 117th birthday, a date that is celebrated as “Read Across America Day.”
Numerous other popular children’s books have been criticized recently for alleged racism such as the 2007 book, “Should We Burn Babar?” and “Curious George.”
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