RESTORE Publishing ALL Dr. Seuss Books

RESTORE Publishing ALL Dr. Seuss Books

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Chelsea R. started this petition to CEO, Penguin Random House Madeline McIntosh and

Since I was young I have greatly enjoyed watching and reading the works of Dr. Seuss. Growing up from kindergarten on, my favorite fictional character was Cat in the Hat. At age five, he was my imaginary friend and my favorite show. In later years, the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, The Lorax, Yertle the Turtle, and Horton taught me valuable life lessons into my adult years. I look back fondly on memories of eating green eggs and ham at school and dressing up as one of the Things for a family Halloween outing. Like so many other children growing up in American households, Dr. Seuss's works had a significant positive impact on my life. He is clearly a wonderful icon of American culture. 

Not one moment did it ever cross my mind that any of Dr. Seuss's works for children were "hurtful and wrong" as Dr. Seuss Enterprises claims on its website. In fact, each of the books helped me learn how to read and make sensible decisions for myself. They helped me dare to imagine and explore, dream big, and appreciate people of all races, colors, genders, and nationalities. One of Dr. Seuss's most memorable stories to me is "The Sneetches," which confronts supremacist mindsets and racism with a brilliant and healthy perspective that is no doubt, age-appropriate.

In fact, I did not find anything in Dr. Seuss's books that depicted or encouraged violence, gore, profanity, sex, nudity, or anything else offensive or inappropriate for children, like so many other forms of entertainment do, including other books and genres that continue to be published by Penguin Random House, which owns Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who agrees.

Today, I am an accomplished professional writer of over five years and an aspiring author of young adult and children's fiction. Witnessing the dire consequences of Dr. Seuss Enterprise's irresponsible decision, I shudder to think what rising future authors could be dealing with at the whims of wrongful censorships by big publishing multinational conglomerates. 

The Problem:

On March 2nd, 2021--which is Dr. Seuss's own birthday--Dr. Seuss Enterprises published that it has decided to "cease publication and licensing of the following titles:  And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo, McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer." This decision is irrelevant to addressing racism and an egregious mistake. It negatively impacts all Americans, especially readers and writers. Its negligence does not respect the original wishes of the author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, nor does it reflect my wishes and the wishes of his American customers of all races, genders, ages, national origins, and sexual orientations. Penguin Random House has no business to censor and/or use its power in any way that usurps the decisions of what readers can and cannot purchase and read. Let the readers decide for themselves, whether it be at a public library, school, or purchasing them for personal use...anytime, anywhere.

The Solution:

It's simple. We petition that Penguin Random House restores the publication and licensing of all six of the suppressed Dr. Seuss books as described in their original forms without delay, in the preservation of Dr. Seuss's legacy, and in good faith and fair dealing to the American people. 

Also, we petition that the Chicago Public Library considers recirculating these same books as other public libraries across the United States have confirmed to do so, on behalf of the American people in good faith, and freedom of speech.

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