Will Dr. Seuss books stay on library shelves after ceasing publication?

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NORTHUMBERLAND, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Six Dr. Seuss books are no longer being published, because of their hurtful portrayal of people, according to Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

If you show a kid a red and white striped hat, many will recognize it’s from The Cat And The Hat, but a deeper message is being analyzed within these books.

“As soon as children can talk, they’ll walk in and see our Dr. Seuss charecter, you know, The Cat and The Hat and recognize it,” said Kim King, youth services coordinator at Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library.

King sees children come in and out of the library reading books written By Dr. Seuss.

“It’s intergenerational. A child can talk to their grandparent or great grandparent and they will know who Dr. Seuss is.”

She was surpised to hear six of his books would no longer be published.

Dr. Suess Enterprises announced on Tuesday that they’d be pulling the 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.”

“Seuss railed against isolationism, racism and anti-Semitism with a conviction and verver lacking in most of the American editorial pages in the period,” said Jeffrey Johnstonbaugh, library director.

That quote came from the book Dr. Seuss Goes to War.

Johnstonbaugh says he will not be pulling the books from his shelves

“This man knew what it was like to have controversy, to be inclusive of people. So, what comes in these books, we think should be a choice of the parents.”

The other four books that will no longer be published are McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super! and The Cat’s Quizzer.

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