While the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss was honored around the country by various library reading programs, a business that protects his legacy announced that six of his titles will be going out of print due to ongoing criticism of their racist imagery.
“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,” it also said.
The titles being pulled are “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.”
In “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” an Asian person is depicted in a stereotypical conical hat sporting chopsticks and eating from a bowl, while “If I Ran the Zoo” has illustrations of two African men wearing no shoes and dressed in grass skirts and were pointed to by AP as examples of the offending imagery.
The company, which was founded by Theodor Seuss Geisel’s family after his death, said that the decision to pull these titles had been made last year and come after much discussion. .
“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,” it told the AP.
Dr. Seuss remains one of the most lucrative deceased authors, having been rated as the second-highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020 with an estimated $33 million before taxes earned. This was up from just $9.5 million five years ago.
His books have been staples of early childhood education in the United States for decades.
Both the now out-of-print books and some of his best-loved classics shot up on the Amazon bestseller list, including “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”, “Green Eggs and Ham” and others.
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