Buy Your Book Today!


All proceeds from sales of books and posters go toward getting the remaining books left after the free distribution to Portland Public Schools and Vancouver School District into other area classrooms and libraries.

Retail Locations


Powell’s City of Books,

1005 West Burnside, Portland 97209

503 228-4651

Book & Poster

The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland & Vancouver—A Book for Young Readers & Their Teachers

Hard cover, 240 pages printed full-color on 100# paper and smythe sewn with reinforced binding—in other words, a book built to last as long as a steel bridge. Cost is $38 with further discounts to schools and libraries also available.

The "Big & Awesome" Map of the 22 Bridges Poster

Printed on 80# stock and meant to last. Two sizes: 12×18” and the classroom size 16×24”. The smaller poster retails for $8, the larger for $12. 


The poster is currently available for purchase at the Portland area retail locations listed here.

Donate to Schools in Need


There are still many schools that have not received The Big & Awesome Bridges or that do not have enough books for all or even half of their third-grade students. To donate the cost of a book to a school of your choice, please use the button below to contact us regaurding donations. 

Better Trolls

The following people have donated one or more books to a school or library.


Allison Pyrch - Hart Crowser


Carol McDowell


Craig Dewey - Slickenside Consulting


Dennis Berkheiser


Erin Fedovitch


Fred Morris


Linda Prinsen


Mildred Romans​


Ruth Wilmoth - Columbia Geotechnical



Some Reasons to Donate

______________________* Your name is printed on a bookplate and posted in front                                         of every book you donate, whether one or a dozen.

                      * Your name gets included in the list of “Better Trolls” above 

        * You will receive a handwritten thank you from The Bridge Lady

* Donate ten books and you get a free copy of Big & Awesome

* Your donation, whether one book or a dozen, is tax deductible

* Best of all, you will be introducing another reader to the big world of Portland’s & Vancouver’s awesome bridges!

David Douglas Alums

Dorothy L. Ayers

Donna Treadwell Coe

Kathryn Eisenzimmer

Hannah Goodwin Long

Carol Wigle Miner

Joan Wigle Stephensen

Schools and Libraries Home to One or More Book

Alturas School
Arbor School of Arts
Beaverton School District
Bethany Elementary School
Boeckman Creek Primary
Bonny Slope Elementary
Cathedral School
Centennial School District
Chehalem Elementary
Community School at Ketchum
Errol Hassel Elementary
Hailey Community Library
Hillsboro School District
Hoodland Library
Jacob Wismer Elementry
Marylhurst School
MLA Charter School
Montclair Elementary
Mountain School
Multnomah County Library
Oak Hills Elementary
Oregon Department of Transportation (Salem)
Oregon Episcopal School
Pioneer Montessori School
Portland Jewish Academy
Riverdale Grade School
Sauvie Island Academy
Springville Elementary
Summa Institute
Tigard Public Library
Urban Tour Guide Library
Vancouver Community Library
Vancouver Regional Library
West Tualatin Valley Elementary

Glenn Jackson Bridge by Anna Dreher, age 8