Dr. Seuss’ work has been criticized in recent years due to racist themes and imagery. Today, on the iconic author’s birthday, it was announced that six titles from the children’s author will no longer be published.
In a statement from Statement from Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company announced that 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 cease publication.
“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” the statement read. “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.”
Many called the move censorship.
Earlier this week, President Joe Biden removed Dr. Seuss from Read Across America Week.