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Chicago River Bridges

Winner of three book awards, Chicago River Bridges chronicles the development of Chicago’s amazing bridges from the very first wood footbridge, built by a tavern owner in 1832, to the fantastic marvels of steel and concrete crossing the Chicago River today.  A great primer on Chicago history through the lens of its bridges this is the story of how Chicago became the Drawbridge Capital of the World.  

Chicago River Bridges has even become a reference book for engineers at the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) who actually work on, inspect, and are responsible for maintaining Chicago's bridges!

Airplanes Take off and Land by Patrick McBriarty and beautifully illustrated by Johanna Kim reveals how airplanes take off and land as Crow-Flies Air Flight 6 flies from Crosstown Field to Bayside Landing.  A sure favorite for young aviation fans and the pilots of tomorrow.

Airplanes Take off and Land (printed book)


Bridges of All Kinds is about big, small, red, steel, railroad, and all kinds of bridges from across the world. This book of over 50 photographs will amaze and delight children and adults alike.

Bridges of All Kinds(printed book)



The Creative Werks of Patrick T. McBriarty

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Drawbridges Open and Close by Patrick McBriarty and playfully illustrated by Johanna Kim presents a day in the life of Bridge Tender Todd and his sidekick Ponticat to learn about the inner workings, steps, and checks to safely open and close a drawbridge.

Drawbridges Open and Close (printed book)


Chicago River Bridges presents the untold history and development of Chicago’s iconic bridges to become the Drawbridge Capital of the World, and is a photographic guidebook to Chicago’s amazing moveable bridges.

Chicago River Bridges (printed book)


Chicago Drawbridges chronicles the importance of the bridges to the development of the Windy City from the very first wood footbridge to the iconic mechanical, steel, and concrete structures crossing the Chicago River today.  Includes 57-minute documentary plus 100-minutes of special features.

Chicago Drawbridges (DVD)


Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Children's Books

The PTM Werks Series of children's books is designed as a fun introduction to STEM/STEAM topics by answering the "why" questions kids often have about the machines all around us, most adults struggle to completely answer.