Sales of some popular Dr. Seuss titles have skyrocketed on Amazon and Barnes and Noble after news that six of the children’s book author’s titles would cease publication due to racist and callous images.
Dr. Seuss ‘tracks including “The Cat in The Hat”, “Oh, The Places You’re Go” and “Green Eggs and Ham” made up nine of Amazon’s and Barnes’ top 10 bestseller lists. and Noble Thursday morning. .
None of the six books that Dr. Seuss Enterprises plans to delete – “And Thinking I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” “If I Run The Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra !,” “ Scrambled Eggs Super !, ”and“ The Cat’s Quizzer ”- entered the top 100.
On Tuesday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that preserves and protects the author’s legacy, announced that it will stop selling these books.
“These books portray people in a hurtful and false way,” Dr Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the birthday of the deceased author and illustrator.
The books of Dr. Seuss – who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904 – have been translated into dozens of languages as well as Braille and are sold in over 100 countries. He died in 1991.
It remains popular, earning around $ 33 million pre-tax in 2020, down from just $ 9.5 million five years ago, the company said. Forbes ranked him # 2 on his highest-paid deceased celebrities of 2020, behind only the late pop star Michael Jackson.
As adored as Dr. Seuss is by millions around the world for the positive values of many of his works, including environmentalism and tolerance, there has been growing criticism in recent years of how which blacks, Asians and others are drawn to in some of his most beloved children’s books, as well as in his earlier advertising and propaganda illustrations.
The National Education Association, which founded Read Across America Day in 1998 and deliberately aligned it with Geisel’s birthday, has for several years de-emphasized Seuss and encouraged a more diverse reading list for children.
School districts across the country have also moved away from Dr Seuss, prompting Loudoun County, Va., Schools just outside Washington, DC to quell rumors last month that they would ban books altogether.
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“Research over the past few years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written / illustrated by Dr. Seuss,” the school district said in a statement.
In 2017, a school librarian in Cambridge, Massachusetts criticized First Lady Melania Trump’s donation of 10 Seuss books, saying many of her works were “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures and harmful stereotypes.”
In 2018, a Dr. Seuss museum in his hometown of Springfield removed a mural that included an Asian stereotype.
“The Cat in the Hat,” one of Seuss’ most popular books, has also been criticized, but will continue to be published for now.
Contribute: The Associated Press
Previously:6 Dr Seuss books to cease publication due to racist and callous images