A school librarian in Cambridge, Massachusetts, rejected a shipment of books that was donated by first lady Melania Trump.
CBS Boston on Wednesday reported that Liz Phipps Soeiro of Cambridgeport Elementary School turned down the works Trump intended to send.
The White House chose one school in all 50 states to receive a package of 10 books authored by children’s literary author Dr. Seuss.
The initiative was meant to promote education and childhood literacy as part of National Read A Book Day.
Soeiro on Tuesday penned an editorial for the Horn Book’s Family Reading blog explaining why her school did not need the donation.
“My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in literary science,” she wrote.
“Multiple studies show that schools with professionally staffed libraries improve student performance,” Soeiro added.
Some Twitter users on Thursday criticized Soerio’s decision, while others praised the school librarian instead.
Trump’s package reportedly included such Seuss classics as "Green Eggs and Ham," "The Cat in the Hat" and "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish."
Soeiro criticized Seuss for being the only author represented in Trump’s donation, citing controversy over some of his illustrations.
“You may not be aware of this, but Dr. Seuss is a bit of a cliché, a tired and worn ambassador for children’s literature,” she told Trump.
“Another fact that many people are unaware of is that Dr. Seuss’s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”
The Cambridge School system on Wednesday released a statement noting the opinions Soeiro expressed do not represent the district.
“In this instance, the employee was not authorized to accept or reject donated books on behalf of the school or school district,” it said.
“We have counseled the employee on all relevant policies, including the policy against public resources being used for political purposes.”
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