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The National Education Association (NEA), which coordinates Read Across America Day, has switched from using the day to celebrate Dr Seuss to focusing more on diverse books. The White House has also distanced the day from Seuss.

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If I Ran the Zoo depicts two men, described as being from Africa, wearing grass skirts and carrying exotic-looking animals. The National Education Association, which founded Read Across America Day in 1998 and deliberately aligned it with Geisel's birthday, has for several years deemphasized Seuss and encouraged a more diverse reading list for children. Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published due to racist and insensitive imagery, the business behind his publishing catalogue said in a move that will affect such titles as If I Ran the Zoo and Scrambled Eggs Super!This year, however, Joe Biden left out any reference to the author. The omission prompted complaint on the political right, where concerns about so-called “cancel culture” are rife. The Cat in the Hat," one of Seuss' most popular books, has received criticism, too, but will continue to be published for now.

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Six Dr. Seuss books — including "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" and "If I Ran the Zoo" — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author's legacy said Tuesday. Dr. Seuss Enterprises says it conducted a review of his entire catalogue last year over several months. Teachers, academics and “specialists in the field” contributed to the review, the company said. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, however, said it is "committed to listening and learning and will continue to review our entire portfolio." Two years later, Donald Trump said Americans should “remember the still-vibrant words of Dr Seuss: ‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.’”The company, which preserves and protects the legacy of the late author and illustrator, who died in 1991 at the age of 87, also noted in the statement that the decision was made over the past year with a panel of experts, including educators, academics, and specialists in the field, who reviewed the catalog of titles. School districts across the country have also moved away from Dr. Seuss, prompting Loudoun County, Virginia, schools just outside Washington, D.C., to douse rumors last month that they were banning the books entirely.

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In 2018, a Dr. Seuss museum in his hometown of Springfield removed a mural that included an Asian stereotype. The list of affected books does not include any of his highly celebrated titles such as Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat or The Lorax. It does include his very first book, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, which was published in 1937. These books seem racist, and they simply won’t do. Would you want ’em to exist if they were hurtful to you? While Dr Seuss remains a beloved figure in children’s literature, his legacy has come under increasing scrutiny from parents and educators. The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company told AP.Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss," the school district said in a statement. Six Dr. Seuss books will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author's legacy said. 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 said. These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” the business said in a statement on Tuesday. In 2017, a school librarian in Cambridge, Massachusetts, criticized a gift of 10 Seuss books from first lady Melania Trump, saying many of his works were "steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes."

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