By Vicky McKeever, CNBC

Books by Dr. Seuss have flooded Amazon’s U.S. bestseller list after it was announced that six of the author’s publications were being pulled over racist imagery.

“The Cat in the Hat” is currently the bestselling book on Amazon’s U.S. store, closely followed by “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” along with several other titles by the late Theodor Seuss Geisel. In total, 15 Dr. Seuss publications were in Amazon’s top 20 list on Friday morning.

“Green Eggs and Ham” and “The Cat in the Hat” also appeared in Amazon Canada’s top 10 bestselling books list.

This comes after Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the business running the late author’s estate, said Tuesday it made the decision last year to cease publication and licensing of six of his books: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises said in the statement, with some of the author’s books having faced criticism in recent years over racist imagery.

Resale prices on sites like eBay were being listed for steeper prices and labeled as rare, “banned” collectibles. 

Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, is one of the most popular children’s authors in history, with a collection of 45 books that have been sold in over 100 countries. He is best known for his whimsical work, which imagines fantastical creatures large and small that help teach children important life lessons in couplets.

However, some of his work has drawn criticism for its harmful stereotypes of ethnic communities. In the 1937 title Mulberry Street, he included a character with pigtails, chopsticks, and a cone-shaped hat. He was described as “chinaman” and the only character drawn in yellow.

In 1978, the yellow was removed and the character renamed “Chinese man.” But caricatures of Arab and African people remained. Meanwhile, many Dr. Seuss books feature non-human characters who encourage readers to be inclusive, kind and generous.

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