03 Mar 2021 3:52 PM +00:00 UTC

Dr. Seuss to Stop Publishing Six Books Over Offensive Racist Images

Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be available for publishing due to their use of offensive imagery. This statement is according to the business entity that oversees the estate of the well-known children's author and illustrator.

In a statement released on March 2, Dr. Seuss Enterprises said it has decided last year to finish publication and licensing of the six books by Theodor Seuss Geisel. The titles include his first book writing under his pen name Dr. Seuss.

According to the company, the six books will no longer be published due to their racist and insensitive imagery. According to Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the books portrayed people in ways that are hurtful and wrong. The announcement coincided with the birthday of Geisel who died in 1991.

The business further stated that their choice came after working with a panel of experts which included educators, with regards to the review they have done to their catalog of titles.

The books which will no longer be published are On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, The Cat's Quizzer, McElligot's Pool, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, and If I Ran the Zoo.

According to Associated Press, the decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of dialogue by the enterprise, which was founded by Seuss' family. In the statement, they said, "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."

Theodor Seuss Geisel's books were translated into dozens of languages and sold to more than 100 countries.

Dr. Seuss books.
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Credit: Dr. Seuss Enterprises

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