People and the United States Congress have generally been up in arms about the lead content of children's toys, ever since we started finding more and more toys with lead in them that were manufactured in China. This led, last year, to Congress passing an act saying that anybody selling anything meant for children, manufactured before 1985, had to be certified lead-free.
This includes books.
There are a lot of wonderful children's books that are in American libraries and used bookstores that were printed before 1985. These books all have to be independently certified as lead-free, and the libraries and booksellers simply don't have the money to do this. These books may be thrown away in about a year's time.
But the American Library Association is working to change that. Some people in Congress are attempting to change that.
So I'm asking you to please go to the ALA website about this, and send an e-mail to your Congressional representative, if you live in the United States. Please don't let good books get thrown away because of a too-strict piece of legislation. Please.