A Virginia school district has denied rumors that it has banned students from reading Dr. Seuss books — insisting it was merely no longer promoting them because of apparent “strong racial undertones.”
“Dr. Seuss books have not been banned and are available to students in our libraries and classrooms,” Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) stated online Saturday as it dismissed a circulating “media rumor.”
The policy remained the same Tuesday, the district confirmed to The Post, even as it noted Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ decision to yank six books from publication.
In its statement, LCPS conceded that the rumor likely followed its decision to no longer tie Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss, whose birthday was previously marked by the annual event.
“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss,” the district said.
“Given this research, and LCPS’ focus on equity and culturally responsive instruction, LCPS provided this guidance to schools during the past couple of years to not connect Read Across America Day exclusively with Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
“We continue to encourage our young readers to read all types of books that are inclusive, diverse and reflective of our student community, not simply celebrate Dr. Seuss,” the statement stressed.