LONG STORY SHORT:
Brian Floca was born and raised in Temple, Texas. He graduated from Brown University, received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Brian’s books as author and illustrator include Locomotive, for which he received the 2014 Caldecott Medal; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11; Lightship; The Racecar Alphabet; and Five Trucks. He has illustrated the Poppy Stories series, by Avi; Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan; Kate Messner's Marty McGuire novels; and, most recently, Lynne Cox's Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas.
In addition to the Caldecott, Brian's books have received four Robert F. Sibert Honor awards, an Orbis Pictus Award, an Orbis Pictus Honor, a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, and have twice been selected for The New York Times' annual 10 Best Illustrated Books list.
Brian Floca was born and raised in Temple, Texas. He graduated from Brown University and received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts.
While at Brown, Brian was able to take classes at the neighboring Rhode Island School of Design, where studies with author and illustrator David Macaulay led to an introduction to Avi, which led in turn to illustrating Avi's City of Light, City of Dark, published by Richard Jackson at Orchard Books.
Brian's books as author and illustrator include Locomotive, winner of the 2014 Randolph Caldecott Medal, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, and a New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books of the Year selection; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Sibert Honor Book, New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books of the Year selection, and Society of Illustrators silver medal winner; Lightship, a Sibert Honor Book and Booklist's "Top of the List" picture book for 2007; and The Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children's Book and a Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice.
In addition to City of Light, City of Dark, Brian has illustrated Avi's Poppy, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and the five other books in the popular Poppy Stories series. He has also illustrated Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children; The Hinky-Pink, by Megan McDonald, an ALA Notable Book and Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List selection; Kate Messner's three Marty McGuire novels; and Lynne Cox's recently published Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas.
Brian has answered telephones at Harvard University (part-time job) and taught continuing education and undergraduate classes at the School of Visual Arts. He currently writes and illustrates full time.
Brian lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit him online at brianfloca.com.
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