Featured books by Brian Floca

Locomotive

By: Brian Floca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

They met in the middle, the workers who built the railway across the United States. The narration speaks directly to readers which follows two unnamed children journey to California. Combined with richly detailed illustration, this dramatic, informative journey is the winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal. (2014 Caldecott Medal Winner)

Moonshot

By: Brian Floca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, the author/illustrator’s spectacular, dramatic but readable look at the mission has been updated and expanded. Additional art has been added to the new portions including a look at the people who worked behind the scenes to make it happen. Additional information about Apollo’s return is also here.

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

By: Brian Floca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Relive the journey of the Apollo 11 where the first people stepped on the Moon's surface and saw Earth from a very different perspective. Eloquent language and illustrations combine to present this historical event in a unique, unforgettable way.

Books illustrated by Brian Floca

Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Illustrated by: Brian Floca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

The combined talent of three geniuses — Martha Graham's choreography, Isamu Noguchi's art, and Aaron Copland's music — brought the ballet "Appalachian Spring" to life in October 1944. Graceful illustrations combine with poetic, highly detailed narrative for a riveting account of this achievement. Notes and sources are included.

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas

By: Lynne Cox
Illustrated by: Brian Floca
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Most elephant seals live in the ocean but one prefers the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand. Though the townspeople try to relocate Elizabeth, the huge seal finds her way back three times to the delight of many, especially a boy named Michael. Based on a true story, this well-told fictionalized account is expressively illustrated.

Hawk Rising

By: Maria Gianferrari
Illustrated by: Brian Floca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Early morning and a ruffle of feathers, a shadow gliding through the backyard. High above your house Father Hawk circles, sharp eyes searching for prey. A father red-tailed hawk hunts prey for his family in a suburban neighborhood in this thrilling nonfiction picture book.

Marty McGuire

By: Kate Messner
Illustrated by: Brian Floca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Marty would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up with the other girls in third grade. So when her teacher casts Marty as the princess in the class play, Marty’s absolutely, positively sure that there’s been a huge mistake! But after a special lesson in the art of improvisation, Marty comes up with her own plan to improve the play. Maybe a princess in muddy sneakers can live happily ever after, after all! This is the first title in the Marty Maguire chapter book series.

Poppy

By: Avi
Illustrated by: Brian Floca
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

A small mouse named Poppy overcomes a stronger adversary – an owl named Ocax – through determination and inner strength in this first installment of the popular Tales from Dimwood Forest series.

Sports! Sports! Sports! A Poetry Collection

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Brian Floca
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Poetry

Can a poem capture the excitement, exhilaration, or anguish of defeat when playing sports? The poems here do all that and more! It's an easy-to-read collection that's illustrated with just the right light touch.

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