Travels with Brian Floca

In the fall of 2016, the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) featured Travels with Brian Floca, a retrospective exhibition of original art from Caldecott Medal winning artist Brian Floca.

Born and raised in Temple, Texas, Floca graduated from Brown University, receiving 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 coursework with author and illustrator David Macaulay. Macaulay's class led to an introduction to author Avi, which in turn led to Brian illustrating Avi's graphic novel City of Light, City of Dark, published by editor 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, 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 illustrated Avi's Poppy, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the five other books in the popular Poppy Stories series, and Avi's recent novel Old Wolf. Other books illustrated include 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.