Thank goodness for Peachtree and Charlesbridge! Language is supposed to be heard and given enough attention to support the story and reveal it to the discovering reader. For the language to be be interesting and rich, it needs some room. We are using the picture books as a regular part of teaching reading comprehension and writing in the upper grades. They are perfect for the amount of time we have, and the ideas can be complex and stimulating. We study the structure of the text, the language, the plot, setting, characters, POV, narration, use of dialogue, etc. We have very little that is new that we can use because the publishers are not aware of the educational need and use! It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Only the shorter ones will sell, because that is all that is being produced. And that will be taken to mean that the market will only support picture books for the early ages. Eventually they will be right and we will not have the longer, beautiful experiments in language and pictures.