Month: January 2009

CPSC issues temporary testing stay

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has just issued a temporary stay on the stringent testing and certification requirements for lead content in children’s products. Temporary Relief  "The stay of enforcement provides some temporary, limited relief to the...

Practice with free writing: A rant against CPSIA

Last week, our guest blogger Kelly suggested free writing as a way to get ideas out onto paper. I found myself free writing yesterday as my frustration level with CPSIA mounted. After I posted my little rant on a publishers' discussion forum, their enthusiastic...

Congress bans kids from libraries?

The spirit of the law and the letter of the law continue to clash as the February 10 date looms for the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The law, as it is now written, prohibits even the distribution of any product designed for children 12 and...

CPSIA: What happens when the hammer falls?

  As a writer/publisher of books for children and teens, I'm deeply troubled by the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and its far-reaching and impractical implications for anyone who markets to children 12 and under. And I'm certainly not alone. ...

CPSIA: Thoughts on the demise of the children’s cottage industry

February 10, 2009, also known as National Bankruptcy Day. Have you heard of it? It's the unfortunate result of the new CPSIA law requiring more stringent testing of children's products for lead and phthalates. Good Idea Gone Bad  What started out as a well-meaning law...

Printable word games

A variety of printable word games to challenge your kids to use vocabulary in different ways.