The publisher of Theodor Geisel’s popular Dr. Seuss books announced Tuesday it would no longer publish six titles because of “hurtful and wrong” imagery.
“Dr. Seuss Enterprises, working with a panel of experts, including educators, reviewed our catalog of titles and made the decision last year to cease publication and licensing of the following titles: 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,” the publisher said in a statement on its website.
“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” according to the statement. “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 books, originally published between 1937 and 1976, contain numerous caricatures of Asian and Black people that incorporate stereotypes that have been criticized as racist.
The images at issue include a drawing of two bare-footed African men wearing what appear to be grass skirts with their hair tied above their heads in If I Ran the Zoo.
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street features an Asian drawn wearing a conical hat, holding chopsticks, and eating from a bowl.
His most famous books — The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham — were not on the list of books that will be yanked from publication.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! often tops the New York Times bestseller list during graduation season, and also was not on the list of scrapped books.
The Dr. Seuss books have been translated into dozens of languages as well as in braille and are sold in more than 100 countries.
Geisel lived in La Jolla and died in 1991.
Reuters contributed to this article.