Books by Dr. Seuss flooded Amazon’s US bestseller list after it became known that six of the author’s publications were dragged over racist imagery.
“The Cat in the Hat” is currently the best-selling book on Amazon’s US store, closely followed by “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” and “Green Eggs and Ham” as well as several other titles by the late Theodor Seuss Geisel. A total of 15 Dr. Seuss publications were in Amazon’s top 20 list on Friday morning.
“Green Eggs and Ham” and “The Cat in the Hat” also featured in Amazon Canada’s top 10 best-selling books.
This happened after Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that manages the late author’s estate, made a decision on Tuesday to stop publishing and licensing six of his books: “And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street,” “If I did ran the zoo, “” McElligot’s Pool, “On Beyond Zebra!”, “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer”.
“These books portray people in hurtful and incorrect ways,” said Dr. Seuss Enterprises in the statement, with some of the author’s books having been criticized for racist imagery in recent years.
The announcement was made on Read Across America Day on Tuesday, Geisel’s 117th birthday, which has been linked to the author.
Dr. Seuss’ never before published book “Which Pet Should I Have?” will be on display at the Books and Books Store on July 28, 2015 in Coral Gables, USA, on the day of publication.
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President Joe Biden has Dr. Seuss is not mentioned in his proclamation on Read Across America Day on Monday, which signals a further distancing from the author. Former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama welcomed Dr. Seuss mentioned in her earlier speeches.
After rumors of a ban on Dr. Seuss Books, Loudoun County, Virginia, School District issued a statement last weekend to clarify that it had not, but had “instructed schools not to connect” over the past few years. Read Across America Day exclusively for Dr. Seuss. ”
“Research over the past few years has shown strong racist overtones in many of the books written / illustrated by Dr. Seuss,” the statement said.