LONG STORY SHORT:
Brian Floca is a picture book author and illustrator. He was born and raised in Temple, Texas, and now lives 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; 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. He has most recently illustrated a new novel by Avi, Old Wolf.
In addition to the Caldecott Medal, Brian's books have received four Robert F. Sibert Honor awards, 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 is a picture book author and illustrator. He was born and raised in Temple, Texas, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Brown University and received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts.
While an undergraduate at Brown, Brian was able to take classes at the neighboring Rhode Island School of Design, including one class with author and illustrator David Macaulay. That class led to an introduction to author Avi, which in turn led to Brian illustrating Avi's City of Light, City of Dark, published by editor Richard Jackson at Orchard Books.
Since 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 illustrated Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, a Sibert Honor Book, winner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, and an IBBY Honor Book; 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 Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas. He has most recently illustrated a new novel by Avi, Old Wolf.
Brian's books as author and illustrator include Locomotive, winner of the 2014 Randolph Caldecott Medal, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, a New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books of the Year selection, and a New York Times bestseller; 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 a Booklist "Top of the List" picture book; and The Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children's Book and a Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice.
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.
You can visit Brian online at brianfloca.com.
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To download a high resolution file of the headshot photo, click here. For a high resolution photo of me at my desk, click here. (Photo credit, necessary for desk photo only: Matt Carr.) For downloadable high resolution images of all Simon & Schuster book covers (including Locomotive, Moonshot, Lightship, The Racecar Alphabet, Five Trucks, and Old Wolf) click here.