AUTHOR, BRIDGE HISTORIAN, & TOURS
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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. A great primer on Chicago history and how Chicago became the Drawbridge Capital of the World.
Used as a reference by City of Chicago's Department of Transportation (CDOT) engineers, non-technical folks also love Chicago River Bridges for the amazing collection of current and historic photographs, cultural detail, and approachable and engaging storytelling. It is a beautiful coffee-table book and so much more!! A must have for any Chicago history lover!
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
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.)