The corporation that owns Dr. Seuss’s intellectual property said on Wednesday that new books written and drawn by an inclusive collection of up-and-coming authors and artists.
It will feature previously unpublished sketches of Dr. Seuss’s amazing animals. During a statement released on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises said that the late author’s archives at the University of California San Diego will be used to create a new line of books that would feature unique stories based on never-before-seen artwork.
It has been exactly one year since the company created by Dr. Seuss’s family (whose true name was Theodor Seuss Geisel) said it will discontinue publishing six Dr. Seuss titles due to racist and inappropriate images.
The List of Writers and Artists Has Not Been Revealed by Either Publisher
On the occasion of Dr. Seuss’s birthday last year, the company stated it would no longer produce six books by the author due to their “portrayal of individuals in ways that are painful and inappropriate.”
Specifically citing the books’ derogatory images of Black, Indigenous, and Asian characters. The books were mostly obscure, although “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” was Dr. Seuss’s first book for kids.
Fans reacted to the news that Seuss would no longer be publishing by buying up copies of his books, including perennial favourites like –
“The Cat in the Hat” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” which momentarily occupied the top two slots on Amazon’s bestseller list.
There was a rapid depletion of the cancelled books when the announcement was made, yet demand was high for the aforementioned classics.
According to Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Seuss co-founded the Beginners Book imprint at Random House in 1957.
This line is aimed at young readers with expanding vocabulary. It stated that the establishment of Seuss Studios “continues the tradition” Seuss initiated back then.
Several new books based on Dr. Seuss’s sketches will be published the following year, with contributions from a wide range of emerging authors and illustrators.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises, which holds the rights to Theodor Seuss Geisel’s works and collaborates with Random House to publish them, made the announcement on the author’s birthday.