SVA Alumnus Brian Floca Wins 2014 Caldecott Medal for ‘Locomotive’

January 30, 2014

Alumnus Brian Floca (MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay) has been awarded the 2014 Caldecott Medal for his illustrated children’s book Locomotive, which tells the adventurous tale of a family on a train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869. brianfloca200Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service, the coveted Caldecott Medal is given “to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.”

“I live and I work in Brooklyn and there’s so many children’s book authors and illustrators who work here,” Floca recently told WNYC. “And so many of them are so

good and to be singled out like that, it feels great.”

Locomotive also made The New York Times Book Review‘s list of 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013. For more information about Floca and to view his work, visit

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