Friday, February 13, 2009

Children's Books Printed Before 1985

Walter Olson has a good article on a frustrating intervention by the federal government, which says that children's books published before 1985 may, in many cases, be unlawful to sell and distribute. Here's the conclusion:
Whatever the future of new media may hold, ours will be a poorer world if we begin to lose (or “sequester” from children) the millions of books published before our own era. They serve as a path into history, literature, and imagination for kids everywhere. They link the generations by enabling parents to pass on the stories and discoveries in which they delighted as children. Their illustrations open up worlds far removed from what kids are likely to see on the video or TV screen. Could we really be on the verge of losing all of this? And if this is what government protection of our kids means, shouldn’t we be thinking instead about protecting our kids from the government?
Read the whole thing.