6 Of Dr. Seuss’ Books Are Not Being Canceled, But Are Being Retired By Dr. Seuss Enterprises
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Theodor Seuss Geisel, famously known as Dr. Seuss, was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. His work includes some of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death in 1991. Some of his classics are: If I Ran the Zoo (1950), Horton Hears a Who! (1955), If I Ran the Circus (1956), The Cat in the Hat (1957), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957), and Green Eggs and Ham (1960). But recently some of his books had come under fire due to some racist imagery in six of his books. The late author’s estate has renewed their commitment to making reading fun for ALL people by updating the Dr. Seuss book catalog to remove titles with racist and insensitive imagery. On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, Dr. Seuss Enterprises released a statement, in italics, below: Today, on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises celebrates reading and also our mission of supporting all children and families with messages of hope, inspiration, inclusion, and friendship. We are committed to action. To that end, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, working with a panel of experts, including educators, reviewed our catalog of titles and made the decision last year to cease publication and licensing of the following titles: 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. These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong. Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s catalog represents and supports all communities and families. In the video published on March 2, 2021, “Six Dr. Seuss Books Pulled After Criticism For Racist Images, NBC Nightly News“, below: