Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge
(Roaring Brook Press, 2019)
Search the web and you will find countless sites that credit the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge to a Mr. Roebling, either John or his son Washington. In fact, the credit belongs to Emily Roebling, who stepped in when her husband, Washington Roebling, the chief engineer, fell ill. This nonfiction picture book tells the story of a girl who loved math and science but was discouraged from having a career. Through hard work and informal qualifications, she successfully brought the Bridge to completion in 1883.
10:00 AM | Bethel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE PANEL
Rachel Dougherty, a Philadelphia-based author and illustrator driven by her love of nonfiction for young readers, has published books about the Titanic, the Oregon Trail, and the White House.
The Children’s Literature Panel will be moderated by Illona Holland. Ms. Holland received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she later served on the faculty. In her retirement she has taken up writing award-winning children’s books.