President Biden seems to have canceled Dr. Seuss from Read Across America Day, the annual reading festivities to commemorate the renowned children’s author whose birthday is March 2.
On Tuesday, Biden followed in the footsteps of other presidents by announcing Read Across America Day, but he retreated from the legendary author, with no mention of Dr. Seuss in the announcement.
The White House has not yet commented on why Dr. Seuss was left in the cold during the announcement, but the slight comes as far-left activists have looked to cancel the beloved author of classic kids’ books.
One of Virginia’s largest school districts, Loudoun County Public Schools, supposedly pulled Dr. Seuss from the school’s Read Across America Day celebration, noting what they claim to be racial “undertones” in his Rated G stories.
The stepdaughter of the late author spoke to the New York Post to defend Seuss.
“There wasn’t a racist bone in that man’s body — he was so acutely aware of the world around him and cared so much,’’ Lark Grey Dimond-Cates told the outlet.
Dimond-Cates explained that DSE, who works as part of the publisher Penguin Random House, told her on Monday about its ruling to stop printing “If I Ran the Zoo,” “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”
Seuss has been recently criticized for his depiction of blacks, Asians, and other groups in his books not fitting in with modern progressive thinking.
“We believed that it was time to take action,” DSE explained in a statement on Tuesday. “We listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics, and specialists in the field, too, as part of the review process.”
The group declined to go further into how much in sales each of the now-banned children’s titles had earned them.
“I think this is a world that right now is in pain, and we’ve all got to be very gentle and thoughtful and kind with each other.
“This is just very difficult, painful times that we live in,” said Dimond-Cates of the move.
“We’re taking that into account and being thoughtful. We don’t want to upset anybody.”
Dimond-Cates is holding out hope that the six canceled books will eventually go back into print “because his body of work is unique.”
Both former President Barack Obama and former President Donald Trump felt it was safe to showcase Dr. Seuss’s contributions in their annual statements on the celebration, according to a Fox News review of White House archives.
“The works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to us as Dr. Seuss, have sparked a love for reading in generations of students.,” Obama stated in his proclamation back in 2015. “His whimsical wordplay and curious characters inspire children to dream big and remind readers of all ages that ‘a person’s a person no matter how small.'”
The following year, Obama’s 2016 proclamation called Seuss “one of America’s revered wordsmiths” who “used his incredible talent to instill in his most impressionable readers universal values we all hold dear.”
In 2018, President Trump asked Americans to “always remember the still-vibrant words of Dr. Seuss: ‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.'”
In 2017 when first lady Melania Trump celebrated Read Across America Day, she read from Dr. Seuss books to the delight of children in a hospital.
“Dr. Seuss has brought so much joy, laughter, and enchantment into children’s lives all around the globe for generations,” Melania told the kids.
“Through his captivating rhymes, Dr. Seuss has delighted and inspired children while teaching them to read, to dream, and to care.”