Dr. Seuss books surge in popularity, canceled titles selling for thousands

by Peter Heck · Mar 3rd, 2021 7:59 pm

Last Updated Mar 4th, 2021 at 9:36 pm

Americans appear to be attempting to "cancel-proof" their children's library. If the Amazon best-seller list is any indication, the effort to "cancel" Dr. Seuss over racial insensitivity has caused the popularity of his children's books to skyrocket.

By Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Seuss books catapulted into the top 10 on the online sales site. Classic books like "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham," and "Fox in Socks" led the charge that resulted in 9 of the top 10 being works of the beloved children's author.

Within the top 50 books sold by Amazon, Seuss titles account for over 30.

Additionally, the six titles that Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced it would stop publishing all saw their prices go through the roof at various online retailers, as the books are now, essentially, collectors' items.

A hardback copy of "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" was reportedly selling for $10,000 on Amazon. Similarly, a paperback of "The Cat's Quizzer" is marked at $1,000.

How long those exorbitant prices last depends largely on whether the publisher decides to make the temporary pause on the books permanent. Seuss's stepdaughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, is hopeful the books will be given the green light again soon. "His body of work is unique," she explained.


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