Chattanooga’s Public Library Moves Dr. Seuss Books

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because of possible racist and and insensitive imagery.

“The publisher had good reasons” said Executive Director of the Chattanooga Public Library Corinne Hill.

Here are the books in question:

•And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”

•”If I Ran the Zoo”

•”McElligot’s Pool”

•”On Beyond Zebra!”

•”Scrambled Eggs Super!”

•”The Cat’s Quizzer”

The Chattanooga Public Library donated a copy of each of these titles to UTC.

“The books would be preserved for future scholarly work” said Hill.

The city’s library also reclassified the titles to young adult sections so the community can still have access to the books.

“For example should a parent want to have a discussion with their child or children about these materials” said Hill.

News 12 spoke with a family who shared their connection to the Dr. Seuss collection.

“Dr. Suess to us was very important” said Chelsea Suiter.

Suiter’s son, Corey, is a special needs child and she says Dr. Seuss’ work played a significant role in Corey’s ability to read.

“The catchphrases in the books with the repetition and the rhyming -it’s very catchy for learners, first graders, or kindergarten students to learn to read.”

Despite the author’s value to her son, Suiter finds no issue with the library’s decision.

“I’m glad that they decided to move them but now take them away” said Suiter.

Hill says going forward, she wants to conduct a diversity audit of each book within the library.

“And have an examination of our entire collection to identify gaps” said Hill. “We buy materials that interest the community that we serve.”

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