Layla and the Bots: Happy Paws

This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Layla and the Bots are in an awesome rock band! They also use problem-solving and creativity to build cool inventions. When a local amusement park is in danger of shutting down, Layla knows just how to bring in the crowds… build an amusement park for DOGS! But will cool doggie rides like the Rub-a-Dub Mud Slide and the Tummy Rubbing Machine be enough to keep the park open?

With full-color artwork on every page and speech bubbles throughout, this early chapter book series brings kid-friendly STEAM topics to young readers!

Book Details

  • Age Range: 5 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
  • Series: Layla and the Bots (Book 1)
  • Length: 80 pages
  • Format: Hardcover, Paperback, and ebook
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (May 5, 2020)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1338582895
  • Book Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 7.5 inches

Praise for Happy Paws

"This transitional chapter book is ideal for emergent or early fluency readers. It includes charming illustrations to assist with decoding, and interesting STEM themes... this bright, inventive title would make a nice addition to a library's early chapter book collection.”

School Library Journal

Have young inventors in your house or classroom? Happy Paws is such a brilliant book for teaching K-2 the NGSS engineering design process from start to finish... From research, idea generation, gathering feedback, building, and testing, Fang and Nishiyama's book shows that invention is all about tweaking, testing, and not giving up. Backmatter includes instructions for building your own roller coaster. This is a great book to help kids learn engineering and invention.

Kirsten L.

My daughter loves this book (age 6). She cannot wait for the rest of the series to be released!

Scott H.

"This easy-to-predict story, told in a mix of text and speech balloons, will give new readers confidence while imparting solid STEM lessons of research and implementation, and it's great to see a young girl of color portrayed as a confident inventor (and rock star). A solid introduction for an appealing new chapter-book character.”

Kirkus Reviews

Layla and the Bots: Happy Paws celebrates the joy of imagining and creating... With her persistence and “huge and wild ideas,” Layla is a terrific role model and a great friend to her funny bots... STEAM elements are incorporated seamlessly into the book as Layla and her bots use math, brainstorm, sketch out ideas, make music together, do research in the dog park, build, and then revise and rebuild. Children will be inspired by Layla’s out-of-the-box ideas for the dog park and will undoubtedly come up with a few of their own! Readers can also build their own robots using the guided activity at the end of the book. Layla and the Bots inspires readers to let their imaginations soar, and then to follow through and build their ideas.

Augusta E.

Behind the Scenes

The Dogs Who Inspired Happy Paws

Activity Downloads

How to Draw the Bots

Design Your Own Amusement Ride

Hi! I’m Christine Nishiyama, an illustrator and writer currently living in Boone, NC.

I create stories, books, and comics that blend fiction and nonfiction. I love drawing in my sketchbook and writing about life.

I also help self-taught artists develop an artistic mindset and make their own books!

Oni Nishiyama bio

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