After spending the week buying used books at bookstores, on e-bay and in the library, I had to wonder how the availability of children’s books might change over the upcoming year when the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act goes into effect next year.
In 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was passed to prohibit the sale of items intended for use by children 12 and under that hadn’t been tested for the element lead (and certain phthalates) and deemed safe. If you haven’t heard about it, check the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act website at http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/cpsia.HTML#whatsnew.
Right now it looks like it is okay to sell older books:
“Children’s books printed after 1985 that are conventionally printed and intended to be read (as opposed to used for play) OK to sell; however, books with metal spiral bindings have been recalled for lead paint.
Vintage children’s books and other collectibles not considered primarily intended for children OK to sell.”
Newer children’s books, however, are still subject to testing at this time. This will be extremely expensive (right when library budgets are already stretched to the limit), time-consuming, and probably largely futile as books would not have the potential to contain large amounts of lead unless they have metal bindings.
As you might imagine, the libraries are actively involved in clarifying the details of this act and also pushing for an exemption for books already in library collections. Booksellers are also lobbying Congress.
Check the American Library Association District Dispatch for details.
Until the dust settles, I plan to buy and stockpile a lot of used children’s books this year.
What do you think?
Eidt; More: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09120.html
Here’s the latest about libraries 9/24. http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6698584.html?nid=2788&source=title&rid=1936824386
Some of you may have noticed a contact form that was up on and off for the last month. I have been trying to get it to work. Although it looked like it was working from the front end, I never got the test messages at the back end. If you left a message, I’m afraid I didn’t get it.
For now, if you need to contact me, please leave a comment. I’ll try to get something better going in the next few weeks.
And if you have any suggestions on how to create a wordpress-friendly contact form, I would love to hear them.
Who Lives in an Alligator Hole? by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell (Illustrator) is an excellent addition to the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series. As the authors suggest on the first page, most of us probably think of alligators as scary animals with sharp teeth. Alligators have a vital role in their environment, however, one that scientists and conservationists didn’t realize until it was almost too late.
In this book the Rockwells explain how alligators are keystone species, meaning they make changes to their environment that allow many other plants and animals to survive and flourish. During times of drought, the alligators dig out holes that become small ponds. The ponds become home to a vast array of other creatures. When the alligators almost went extinct in the 1960’s, the fish, plants and birds that depended on these ponds almost disappeared too.
As well as explaining how alligators are so very important in their habitats, the authors also note that alligators were once thought to only occur in the southeastern United States, but then another kind of alligator was found in China. Wild!
The illustrator is the author’s daughter, and she has done a marvelous job. Obviously their family has an appreciation for alligators, one they have passed on to our family. We can’t wait to try the activity at the end to make our own gator hole. We also want to go to Florida and see alligators, something I never would have thought before reading this book.
Nonfiction Monday is a blogging celebration of nonfiction books for kids. For more information, stop by Picture Book of the Day. This week’s post is at The Miss Rumphius Effect
Who Lives in an Alligator Hole? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: Collins (November 7, 2006)
Did you see the Newbery winner was announced today? What a different choice from last year. For more info, see the American Library Association.