Agreed with all of the above. Our little family library at home has half a dozen or more Dr. Suess books in it. My personal objection to the official Office of the FLOTUS sending Dr. Suess books to grade schools isn’t based on anything racist or objectionable in the content, it’s simply based on the fact that it’s a lazy cop out. For one thing, they’re pre-school/first-grade level books for the most part, not really applicable to a 1-6 or 1-8 grade library. Secondly, the vast majority of kids most likely either already own some of them or have been exposed to them previously.
Finally, as the First Lady, it’s kind of your job in a situation like this to identify and select books that challenge young readers, books that tell compelling stories that make young minds think about how they perceive the world and the people around them. There are thousands of books like this suitable for kids grades one through eight and beyond. Literally a few hours of thought and consultation with anyone versed in Children’s Literature would have resulted in a nice list to choose from.
Instead this feels like something that was shunted off on some young interns.
Intern 1: "What do kids like to read?"
Intern 2: "I don’t know, my mom always liked to read Dr. Suess with us when we were little."
Intern 1 : "Oh great idea! I’ll hop on Amazon and order up a bunch of those!"
Intern 2 : “Cool, that was easy. And done in time for our 11’o’clock with the Russians.”