It's a disgrace! A travesty of justice!
From what I can gather, Eric Carle has never won a Caldecott Medal (or even the "runner-up" Honor medal). The Caldecott is awarded to the artist making an outstanding contribution to children's literature. One sticking point that I've found is that the author has to be a U.S. citizen, or living in the U.S., which Carle does and has since he's written, but perhaps that has changed, and they used to have to be a citizen (which he may not have been when his books would have been considered)?
I wrote in the first Children's Classics carnival about our love for Eric Carle's Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See, and I was surprised that I turned a few of you on to it (I thought everyone with a toddler had this book memorized as I did).
So, I just offer you some photographic proof of Eric Carle's unique technique of collage/paper illustrations. We even visited his museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts.
You can click on any of the titles for more information.
I think that this is kind of funny. I am rebelling, and fellow 5 Minutes for Books contributor Carrie ended up writing a very interesting history of the Caledcott Medal for her post.
You can read more reviews back at the 5 Minutes for Books' Children's Classics carnival.