Margot Mifflin writes:
A colorful chapter of my grown daughter’s childhood closed the day her children’s books disappeared into boxes and ascended to the attic, when F. Scott Fitzgerald and Tina Fey had finally elbowed Patricia Polacco and Ezra Jack Keats off her bookshelf for good. Since then, something else has vanished: Many of the books we savored in the late ’90s and early aughts, some of which date back to my own ’60s childhood, are out of print now. The discovery that younger kids might never meet some of our favorite characters or wander into secret worlds we knew so well makes it seem like some of the magic of childhood has been revoked. And there’s just one way to reclaim it: Buy them used, before they’re gone forever. Here are 10 books worth hunting for.