Here is a brief excerpt from www.brianfloca.com
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.