Part of my collection of children's books:
A mix of old and new favorites
The top shelf includes my young collection of Caldecott books
Anybody who loved to read as a child can remember how enchanting it was at times to be caught up in a book. I was going to say "magical", but it's not quite the word I'm looking for. I spent a bit of time with a thesaurus and found synonyms like "bewitching", "necromantic", "spooky", "thaumaturgic". "Bewitching" comes close to what I mean but just misses the mark. "Spooky" fits for certain suspenseful books I've read. I can't say there's ever been a time when I felt the experience of reading a book was necromantic, but I can say now, after having looked up the last word, that certain books have been thaumaturgic for me. Still, I think for the time being I'll stick with "enchanting".
I've found with the passage of time that it's hard, if not difficult and downright challenging (time to put away the thesaurus), to find books that instill the enchantment I felt as a child. It happens, but rarely. So I collect children's books partly as a sort of time travel -- not necessarily to re-experience the wonder, but to remember it -- and partly to help pass that wonder on to my children and grandchildren.