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 Avi’s Poppy Stories series and most recent novel, Old Wolf, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, Kate Messner’s Marty McGuire novels, and 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.