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Chicago's River Bridges

The three-time award winning book Chicago River Bridges by Patrick McBriarty chronicles the development of Chicago’s amazing bridges from the very first wood footbridge, built by a tavern owner in 1832, to the fantastic steel & concrete marvels crossing the Chicago River today.  

It was the basis for the PBS documentary Chicago Drawbridges as shown on Chicago and Milwaukee Public Television in 2014 and 2015.  Co-produced by Chicago filmmaker Stephen Hatch and author Patrick McBriarty.

The Creative Werks of Patrick T. McBriarty

Member of the following Organizations:

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Children's Books

The PTM Werks Series of children's picture books is designed to inspire future generations of designers, engineers, architects, pilots, and builders.  Using a Richard Scarry style fanciful animal characters, vehicles, air, and watercraft to answer the "why" questions kids often have about the machines all around us work.  

These books are a great way to introduce to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEM/STEAM Topics) in early childhood education for kids, parents, and educators  AND they are just plain FUN!!

(Recommended for Pre-K to 3rd Graders.)

Drawbridges Open and Close was recently honored by the Illinois Reads Council for their 2017 Book List of selected K-2 children's picture books.