Brian Floca has really made a name for himself by writing and drawing some incredible non-fiction books. He did Moonshot which won the Sibert Award for outstanding non-fiction. He won a Sibert Honor for Lightship which he also wrote and illustrated. I loved Ballet for Martha; The Making of Appalachian Spring which he illustrated and one of my favorite alphabet books is Floca’s, The Racecar Alphabet. His latest is just incredible. It is called Locomotive and its big trim size tells you there is lots to discover in the pages of the book. Everything you ever wanted to know about steam locomotives and the history of locomotives in our country is there and beautifully illustrated as well. It really is outstanding. Floca talked about how he works and talked about the painstaking research (which he thoroughly enjoyed, by the way) that went into the book. It was worth it all. Here is a photo of Brian Floca presenting at the National Book Festival.