Elementary school librarian scolds first lady for sending 'racist' Dr. Seuss books

Elementary school librarian scolds first lady for sending 'racist' Dr. Seuss books

For all of the effort to remain civil, it's pretty clear the rejection of the books is intended as a big middle finger to the First Lady, the president, the Secretary of Education and of course Dr. Seuss.

Thank you for the ten Dr. Seuss titles that you sent my school library in recognition of this year's National Read a Book Day.

The first lady had donated books to one school in every state as part of 2017 National Read a Book Day on September 6, and she promoted the event on Twitter.

Cambridge Public Schools says one of its elementary school librarians didn't have permission when she tried to reject a book donation from Melania Trump.

"My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science" she added.

Liz Phipps Soeiro claims that her school doesn't need the books and also scoffed at Ms. Trump's choice of titles. Cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit are suffering through expansion, privatization, and school "choice" with no interest in outcomes of children, their families, their teachers, and their schools. In her letter, Soeria suggested Melania send books to "underfunded and underprivileged communities" struggling under Trump administration policies instead of her relatively wealthy community.

The selected school in MA was the Cambridgeport School, where library media specialist Liz Phipps Soeiro was not happy with Trump's donation.

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Furthermore they have counseled her on a policy against using public resources for political purposes. "Are those kids any less deserving of books simply because of circumstances beyond their control?" she wrote.

Ms Phipps Soeiro went on to criticise the USA education secretary. One school in each state received a package of 10 books. She then moved onto the book selection themselves, calling Dr. Seuss books a "cliche, tired, and worn ambassador for children's literature".

Parents outside the school told CBS Boston they supported the librarian's statement.

The Cambridge school system responded to Soeiro's letter to the first lady with a statement that said, "The employee was not authorized to accept or reject donated books on behalf of the school or school district", CBS Boston reported.

"I think the letter is really articulate, constructive in its suggestions", said parent Alex Vanpraagh. Phipps Soerio also suggested that if Trump had gone "down the street" to the Library of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress would have given her "stellar recommendations". I work in a district that has plenty of resources, which contributes directly to "excellence".

The 10 books on the list are: "Seuss-isms!"; "Because a Little Bug Went KaChoo"; "What Pet Should I Get?"; "The Cat in the Hat"; "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"; "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish"; "The Foot Book"; "Wacky Wednesday"; "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Oh, the Places You'll Go!". "Read Across America Shifts Away from Dr. Seuss and Toward Diverse Books", reports on Katie Ishizuka's work analyzing the minstrel characteristics and trope nature of Seuss's characters.

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