NPR reports that several Dr. Seuss books are actively going out of print. On purpose.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises will cease publishing six of the author’s books — including And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo — saying they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” The books have been criticized for how they depict Asian and Black people.
The decision to stop publishing and licensing the books follows a review by a panel of educators and other experts, according to Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that controls the author’s books and characters. The other four titles that will be permanently shelved are McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super! and The Cat’s Quizzer.
The company says the decision was made last year, in an effort to support “all children and families with messages of hope, inspiration, inclusion, and friendship.”
The best part of this story is that Dr. Seuss Enterprises simply decided they needed to cease publication themselves and not some outside group influencing them and making a show of it. He’s not being canceled. Times just changed. They decided to pull these books because they care about people and want to be better. That’s damn impressive. Even though And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street launched his career, they’re still shelving it.
The Seuss estate is doing what’s right, and there are loads of other Dr. Seuss books still available. Like The Lorax.