Why Twitter Is Going Nuts Over Dr. Seuss

An elementary school librarian triggers a new national debate by rejecting Melania Trump's donation of children's books.

Dr. Seuss is at the center of yet another political debate that began unfolding on Twitter Friday morning.

Why would the author of celebrated children's books like "Green Eggs and Ham," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Cat in the Hat" be dividing the left and the right? It all started at an elementary school.

Massachusetts librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro, rejected Melania Trump's donation of Dr. Seuss books in honor of National Read a Book Day.

The librarian explained she denied the first lady's gift for several reasons. In a lengthy letter published by The Horn Book, Soeiro added that her school's "award-winning" library "doesn't have a NEED for these books," and believes another school with a less extensive library could benefit more from the books. She also added -- and here's what Twitter is really going nuts over -- that "Dr. Seuss's illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes."

"They were Dr. Seuss books. Nothing wrong with them," one Twitter user tweeted Friday morning. "If they already had plenty of those specific books, re-donate them. No need to be nasty."

Melania's predecessor, Michelle Obama, often read Dr. Seuss books to children, as did former first ladies Hillary Clinton and Barbara Bush, so many on Twitter believe the librarian was just trying to make a political statement.

The titles of the books the first lady donated included "The Cat in the Hat," "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," "Wacky Wednesday," "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

See the backlash that followed Soeiro's rejection of Melania's gift in the tweets below.

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