US President Joe Biden did not include Dr. Seuss in his announcement for the annual Read Across America Day, held every March 2 on the children’s author’s birthday. The White House has not explained the omission, but some speculated that it was due to the recent scrutiny of several Seuss titles containing racially offensive imagery. For example, his 1937 book, And To Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street, includes a caricatured image of an Asian man with slanted eyes, wearing a conical hat, eating rice with chopsticks.
Six books out of Dr. Seuss’ publishing catalogue, including If I Ran the Zoo and Scrambled Eggs Super, will no longer be published. Dr. Seuss Enterprises clarified that the titles are not banned but they are no longer producing new editions.
Dr Seuss has been a staple in many childhood bookshelves — what’s your immediate reaction to the racially offensive imagery?