A lot of sketches drawn by Dr. Seuss will now be edited by a group of artists and writers from “diverse racial backgrounds” before they are published. After all, a lot has changed since he penned and sketched those books.

The news was announced by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, a company founded by the family of the late author, Dr. Seuss. He was a famous children’s author, cartoonist, poet, illustrator, animator, and filmmaker.

His sketches will serve as a base of a new line of books that are to be written and illustrated by the group of new authors. Six of Dr. Seuss’ children’s books were not published because of alleged racist imagery.

According to Dr. Seuss’ Enterprises, the new authors and illustrators are going to create storylines inspired by Dr. Seuss’ drawings that will “represent a diverse cross-section of racial backgrounds to represent as many families as possible,”

The books are going to be published under a new Seuss Studios series, aimed at readers from ages 4 to 8.

“We look forward to putting the spotlight on a new generation of talent who we know will bring their unique voices and style to the page, while also drawing inspiration from the creativity and imagination of Dr. Seuss,” Susan Brandt, the CEO and president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises stated.

“The original Dr. Seuss sketch that serves as the inspiration for each of the new Seuss Studios books will be included in the book, along with a note from the creators explaining how they were inspired, and their process,” the CEO added.

The identities of these authors and illustrators of this new group were not revealed. However, more information is likely to be out in the next couple of months.

A sketch of Seuss depicts a small four-legged animal with humongous ears, and the other is of a group of three multicolored hummingbirds. 

On Dr. Seuss’s 118th birthday the announcement was made and exactly after a year, it was announced that neither of his six books would be published.

Previous year Dr.Seuss Enterprises announced on Dr.Seuss’s birthday that it would cease publication of the six books by stating “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”

“We believed that it was time to take action,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Post in a statement at the time. “We listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics, and specialists in the field, too, as part of the review process.”

The titles which were prevented from publishing were “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.’’

On the very same day, The President of The United States erased the mention of Seuss from the “Read Across America Day.”

Dr. Seuss still remains one of the world’s most popular children’s authors even after 3 years of his death. His books are famous for how they project several minority groups.

For example “If I Ran the Zoo,” was criticized for depicting Africans as  “potbellied” and “thick-lipped.”

The first edition of the book in 1950 depicted Asian characters as “helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant” from “countries no one can spell.” and the book “Mulberry Street,” had a controversial illustration of an Asian man holding chopsticks and a bowl of rice whom the text called “A Chinese man Who eats with sticks.”

When the news spread that the six titles were “censored” sparked a reaction among critics accusing politically-correct parents, politicians and companies of “canceling” the famous author.

Due to which some of Seuss’ stories such as “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Fox in Socks,” were among Amazon’s best-seller charts as claimed by Comic Book Resources.

Let us know in the comments if you too grew up reading books by Dr. Seuss!

Sanchari Ghosh

Sanchari has a degree in chemical engineering. Apart from that, she has a knack for reading and photography too. She likes to keep herself updated with what is happening around the world. Sanchari is always keen on learning new things. She loves watching movies and her favorite genre is romantic comedies!

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