Mulberry Street, Dr. Seuss, AP

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the business that preserves and protects the author and illustrator's legacy, announced on his birthday Tuesday that it would cease publication of several children's titles, including "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" and "If I Ran the Zoo," because of insensitive and racist imagery.

Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss from all the children in America who have delighted in your books, learned lessons about kindness and diversity, and, most importantly, learned to read and to love reading, I wish you a Happy Birthday.

The word on the street is that there are some -- the National Education Association and Loudoun Education Association -- who, like the Grinch, are aimed at destroying the wonder and fun of young children by claiming that your books are “racist." One would think that it would be enough that these organizations have deprived children of a year’s worth of in person schooling and subjected them to a poor substitute for education in online learning, but they won’t stop there. Now they aim to take the fun out of early reading by searching for evidence that these books are inherently racist. How very sad. One can only hope that, like the Grinch, these people's hearts will grow three sizes today.

Ann Mulhall


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