Most vintage books have at least some amount of lead. It was a huge surprise that this 1968 paperback printing of MAD’s “Al Jaffee Spews Out Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” was lead-free! We are also super excited about this because this is one of my husband’s favorite books from his childhood (he was born in 1958), and he has loved sharing this with our children!
- A common question: What year did they stop using lead in paperback books?
- Answer (in this case): I haven’t tested enough vintage paperbacks to draw a conclusion across the board about a potential cut-off year for lead in paperback books.
New books are generally lead-free. Given my children’s disabilities we also LOVE books-on-tape. Here’s a post with some of our favorite (very well done) books on tape! [They are great for road trips too!]
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As always, if you have any questions – please let me know!