A new law targeting hazardous levels of lead in a wide variety of children’s products does not exempt books. The American Library Association thinks that's unfair, telling federal regulators that kids' books don't contain lead and checking their inventory is a waste of money.
The problem we found is that nobody has ever checked to see if that's true.
KIRO Team 7 Investigators grabbed an armful of used books from the children's section of Seattle's main library.
Using a simple test with an easy to read result, we tested 18 books ourselves. Two samples turned pink, which means something on the book contains exposed lead.