Web: The Cat and the President’s Wife

Today I have 5 links (and a bonus) all somewhat related to racism in Dr. Seuss’ children’s books, a topic that’s long interested me.

Dear Mrs. Trump by Liz Phipps Soeiro.  (Horn Book)

This article really jolted me and sort of encapsulates everything I feel about our current government, the Diverse Books movement, and children’s literature.  An important read.  (Also love the shoutout to Carla Hayden.)

“Dear Mrs. Trump” Booklist by Liz Phipps Soeiro.  (Horn Book)

Of course you mustn’t overlook the booklist!  I’m so happy to say most of these we either own or I already have on a wishlist.  The Great Soybean Picnic is an older book I’d recently added to my TBR, so I was glad to see it here.

Red by Michael Hall


Is the Cat in the Cat Racist? Read Across America Shifts Away From Dr. Seuss and Toward Diverse Books by Grace Hwang Lynch. (School Library Journal)

This article talks about some changes coming to REA for 2017-2018, thanks to one brave researcher.  Must-read for school librarians.  There’s a lot of food for thought here.

Was the Cat in the Hat Black? post by Phillip Nel.  (Google Talks)

“Doctor Seuss’ work is both racist and opposes racism and does both in the same decade.”

It’s a bit of a time commitment to watch but Nel’s Google Talk raises some interesting points from his book (and even added a few titles to my TBR).  I’ve followed his blog for many years now and can definitely see from this video how interacting with Debbie Reese and others in the community have impacted his thinking.

Was the Cat in the Hat Black resized

Was the Cat in the Hat Black? Review by Wendy. (What the Log Had To Say)

Since I’ve not read this book yet, I’ll leave you with Wendy’s review!


P.S.  I hopped over to AICL to copy the url for the text above and saw a brand new post that Eric Gainsworth has a new book due in 2018!

Now my next step is to see if it’s available for preorder yet!  I can’t wait to read it!

Author: colorfulbookreviews

I work in a library by day and parent the rest of the time. I am passionate about good books representing the full spectrum of human diversity for every age group and reading level. This blog is my attempt to help parents, educators, and librarians find the best children's books authored by or featuring characters of color.

7 thoughts on “Web: The Cat and the President’s Wife”

    1. Which book wasn’t available as an e-book?

      We loved Red so much! My review is done and I’m just waiting for the camera so I can include some interior pictures. It was one of my favorite picture books this year.


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