...in the First Half of 2012, Says AAP, as reported in THIS ARTICLE by Publishers Weekly. We often hear that picture books are cyclic, as are mid-grade and young-adult (although with all the new adult readers reading YA, that may be changing). The recession (heck, really since 9/11) either helped cause or coincided with a slump in picture books, so it's nice to see these numbers. My favorite genre is making a comeback!!!