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The hidden (and not-so-hidden) racism in kids’ lit

REVISITING A FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK packs a powerful emotional punch. For many mothers and fathers, sharing the books their parents read to them with their own kids, decades later, is one of the highlights of the early years. But oftentimes stories and illustrations that seemed benign in one era become problematic as social mores change.

In his new book, Was the Cat in the Hat

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