Following nationwide celebrations for Dr. Seuss’s birthday March 2, his estate announced the release of new books featuring previously unpublished sketches by the author— suggesting that the beloved children’s author is no longer canceled.
It’s true that six “problematic” titles are no longer available for purchase because of alleged “racist and insensitive imagery” and themes. Now, however, the Dr. Seuss library is being redeemed by getting a small, potentially woke-friendly makeover. Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced the news Wednesday. The company was founded after the 1991 death of Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel.
Apparently, a series of previously unseen sketches will be turned into Seuss-style literature that’s put together by an “inclusive” group of writers and artists hailing from “diverse racial backgrounds.” Several of the untitled projects are scheduled to be published by next year.
Reps from Dr. Seuss Enterprises promise that the storylines accompanying Geisel’s sketches will, “represent a diverse cross-section of racial backgrounds to represent as many families as possible.” The books will target young readers ages 4 – 8, the New York Post reported.
“We look forward to putting the spotlight on a new generation of talent who we know will bring their unique voices and style to the page, while also drawing inspiration from the creativity and imagination of Dr. Seuss,” president and CEO of Dr. Seuss Enterprises Susan Brandt said in a statement.
“The original Dr. Seuss sketch that serves as the inspiration for each of the new Seuss Studios books will be included in the book, along with a note from the creators explaining how they were inspired, and their process,” she continued.
Skeptics on social media are fearing the worst for this new line of Dr. Seuss-inspired literature.
“Can’t they just make up their own woke stories without ruining the work of a beloved author? Was bad enough when they canceled his books,” one Twitter user wondered.
“One fish, two fish, gender-fluid vaxxed and boosted fish,” another person joked.
This announcement comes after President Joe Biden included the controversial children’s author in “Read Across America Day” for 2022 after leaving Dr. Seuss out last year amid the banning of those six titles.
“For many young Americans, the path to literacy begins with treasured and timeless traditions: being read to at bedtime, gathering in classrooms for story time, and attending events at local libraries with family and friends,” Biden said in his proclamation. “Children’s classics such as Dr. Seuss’ ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’ have inspired a passion for reading and endless creativity that spans generations.”
Dr. Seuss Enterprises confirmed in 2021 that they will no longer publish “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.”
“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,” the company said in a statement on the author’s birthday last year.
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