On my way home from dropping the kids off at school, one of my favorite people, Charles Osgood, aired his radio address on WBBM Radio 780. In today's discussion was "old" Children's Books....by "old" definition meant before 1985.
He indicated that two libraries in the US have already removed these "old books" from their shelves because the Consumer Product Safety Commision has indicated there may be lead in the ink used for the printing of these books.
There solution to this "danger" is a recommendation that the books be individually tested at a cost of $300 each, just to make sure.....
I am just in shock and left shaking my head today. Keeping our children safe is very important to me but, the amount of lead from reading a book has to be absolutely minimal. Unless, maybe you eat it.
Where has our common sense gone? Aren't there bigger threats to our children then "old" books. Personally, I still have a collection of the books I was raised with. There is not a chance in this world that I will ever get rid of them or refuse to let me children read them.
My common sense would tell me...wash your hands when you are finished. Think of all the great books we would have to destroy if we were to really believe this was a great threat.
What do you think?