No seriously, it’s true (via here). A new law championed by Rep. Pelosi prohibits the sale of children’s toys unless they are certified lead free. Unfortunately the requirement is retroactive, which means it applies to toys (and apparently books) already sitting on store shelves. In other words if you’re a retailer and you have a wooden toy train set made by a local craftsman in your inventory your options are 1) dispose of the perfectly good train set or 2) have the wooden set tested for lead, at considerable expense.
As the article details, the law is being interpreted as applying to all children’s books published before 1985. Even as you read this, so many wonderful volumes that should be used to bring joy to the next generation are being (quite literally) tossed into the fire.