• Honorary Degree from Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 2016
  • Honorary Degree from Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 2015
  • Honorary Degree from Smith College, Northampton, MA, 2014
  • Honorary Degree from Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 2013
  • Great Friend to Kids Awards, Association of Children’s Museums, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013
  • The Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY, 2010
  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Literature Award presented by the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, Indianapolis, IN, 2008
  • Honorary Degree from Bates College, Lewiston, ME, 2007
  • The NEA Foundation Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education, 2007
  • John P. McGovern Award in Behavioral Sciences, Smithsonian Institution, 2006
  • Honorary Degree from Western New England College,Springfield, MA, 2004
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (now called the Children’s Literature Legacy Award) from the Association for Library Service to Children, American Library Association, 2003
  • Honorary Degree from Niagara University, Niagara, NY, 2002
  • Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2001
  • Honorary Degree from College of Our Lady the Elms, Chicopee, MA, 2001
  • Japan Picture Book Award, Presented by Mainichi Newspaper for Lifetime Achievement, 2000
  • Outstanding Friend of Children, Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, 1999
  • Regina Medal, Catholic Library Association, 1999
  • University of Southern Mississippi Medallion from DeGrumond Collection, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattisburg, MS, 1997
  • The 1995 David McCord Children’s Literature Citation, Framingham State College + The Nobscot Reading Council of the International Reading Association, 1995
  • Silver Medal from the City of Milano, Italy, 1989

Book Awards

1,2,3 to the Zoo!

  • Deutscher Jugendpreis, 1970
  • First Prize for Picture Books, International Children’s Book Fair, Bologna, Italy, 1970

10 Little Rubber Ducks

  • Starred review from School Library Journal 2005
  • Child magazine’s Best Children’s Book Awards 2005

All in A Day (collaboration)

  • Jane Addams Children’s Book Honorary Award, 1987

Animals Animals

  • Parenting Magazine’s Reading Magic Awards Certificate of Excellence, 1989
  • John Burroughs Nature Book List For Young Readers, The John Burroughs Association, 1989
  • Redbook Magazine’s Top Ten Children’s Books of the Year, 1989
  • Parents Best Kid’s Books of 1989
  • American Library Association (ALA) Booklist Children’s Editor’s Choices, 1989.

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

  • Amazon Best Books of the Month: October 2011
  • Starred review from Publishers Weekly and Booklist

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? (illustrations)

  • Starred review from Publishers Weekly
  • Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (illustrations)

  • International Reading Association / Children’s Book Council (IRA / CBC) Children’s Choice, 1984
  • Parents Magazine: Favorite Baby Books of All Time August 2006

Do You Want to Be My Friend?

  • Honor Book, New York Herald Tribune World Spring Book Festival, 1971
  • ALA Notable Book, 1971
  • US Library of Congress Children’s Books of 1971
  • Deutscher Jugendpreis, 1972
  • First Prize for Picture Books, International Children’s Book Fair, Bologna, Italy, 1972
  • Selection Du Grand Prix des Treize, France, 1973
  • Children’s Books of the Year 1977, Child Study Association of America, 1977

Dream Snow

  • Kid’s Pick of the List, American Booksellers Association (ABA), 2000

Eric Carle: Picture Writer Video

  • ALA, The Carnegie Award for Excellence in Video for Children, 1994

Flora and Tiger: 19 Very Short Stories from My Life

  • Not Just for Children Anymore! 1998 Title, Children’s Book Council

From Head to Toe

  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award, 1997
  • IRA / CBC Children’s Choice
  • Parenting Best Books of the Year 1997
  • Certificate of Excellence, Parenting Magazine, 1998

The Grouchy Ladybug

  • Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, National Council for Social Studies/Children’s Book Council, 1977
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award, 199

Have You Seen My Cat?

  • Selection Du Grand Prix des Treize, France, 1973

Hello, Red Fox

  • ABA Pick of the List!, 1998
  • Bank Street College Best Books, 1998
  • Japan Picture Book Awards, Picture Book Translation Winner’s Prize, 2000

The Honeybee and the Robber

  • The American Institute of Graphic Arts Certificate of Excellence, 1981

A House for Hermit Crab

  • Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, National Science Teacher’s Association/Children’s Book Council, 1988

The Lamb and the Butterfly

  • ABA/Children’s Book Council, Children’s Books Mean Business Award, 1995

The Mixed-Up Chameleon

  • Parents’ Choice Award, 1988
  • IRA / CBC 100 Favorite Paperbacks 1989

Mister Seahorse

  • 2005 Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book

My Apron

  • Heinrich-Wolgast Prize 1996- Selected List, German Education and Science Union

My Very First Library

  • Outstanding Children’s Books of the Year, The New York Times Book Review, 1974

The Nonsense Show

  • A Time Magazine Top 10 Children’s Book of 2015
  • Starred reviews from: Booklist, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and Horn Book

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? (illustrations)

  • 2003 Platinum Book Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
  • One of the Best Books for Children 2003, The Association of Booksellers for Children

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

  • Gold Medal, Bratislava International Biennial of Illustration
  • Young Critics Award Special Mention, International Children’s Book Fair, Bologna, Italy
  • Parents’ Choice Award in Illustration, 1986
  • CBC Children’s Choice List for 1987

The Tiny Seed

  • ABA Pick of the List 1991

The Very Busy Spider

  • Child Study Association’ s Books of the Year
  • Best Books for Children, R.R. Bower Co.
  • ALA Notable Children’s Book
  • Recommended by the Library of Congress Advisory Committee on the Selection of Children’s

Books for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

  • ALA Booklist Best Books of the 80’s, 1989
  • Best Children’s Books in the Netherlands, 2004

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  • The New York Times Top Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year, 1969
  • Deutscher Jugendbuchpreis, 1970
  • American Institute of Graphics Award, 1970
  • Selection Du Grand Prix des Treize, France, 1972
  • Brooklyn Museum of Art Books for Children Citation, 1973, 1976, 1977
  • Nakamori Reader’s Prize, Japan, 1975
  • On Suggested Reading List by Education Secretary William J. Bennett, 1988
  • The Association of Booksellers for Children, Children’s Booksellers’ Choices, 1995 (boardbook)
  • Best 100 Books in the Netherlands, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007

The Very Lonely Firefly

  • Child Study Association’s Children’s Books for the Year
  • Parents Magazine’s Best Books for 1995
  • Kansas State Reading Circle 1996-1997

The Very Quiet Cricket

  • Silver Medal Recipient, City of Milano, Italy, 1989
  • Redbook Magazine’s Top Ten Picture Books of the Year, 1990
  • Parenting Magazine’s California Children’s Book + Video Awards, winner of Picture Book Category, 1990
  • Buckeye Children’s Book Award, Ohio Council of the International Reading Association, Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Educational Library Media Association, Ohio Library Association, State Library of Ohio, 1993
  • ABA Children’s Books Mean Business Title, 1998

Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! (collaboration)

  • Reading Promotion Association Award, Japan Book Publishing Association and Japan Printers Association 2002
  • One of the Best Children’s Books 2003, Publishers Weekly
  • One of the Best Bilingual Books 2003, Nick Jr. Magazine
  • Parent’s Guide, Children’s Media Award 2003

You Can Make a Collage

  • National Parenting Publications Honors Award, 1998
  • Platinum Book Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, 1999

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