Making Waves: (Layla and the Bots #4)

by Vicky Fang (Author) Christine Nishiyama (Illustrator)

Making Waves: (Layla and the Bots #4)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Layla and the Bots' newest invention is going to make a big SPLASH! Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

Layla and the Bots are so excited to meet the animals at the Surfside Rescue Center! They meet a sea turtle, a sea lion, and a dolphin named Splash, who needs their help. Splash won't eat unless there is music playing... but he likes to pick his own music! Can Layla and the Bots build a music machine that will do the job? With full-color artwork on every page, speech bubbles throughout, and a fun DIY activity that's perfect for at-home learning, this early chapter book series brings kid-friendly STEAM topics to young readers!

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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.

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Vicky Fang
Christine Nishiyama is an illustrator and the founder of Might Could Studios. She self-published a picture book called We Are Fungi. You can visit Christine at
Vicky Fang has designed technology experiences for kids at Google and Intel Labs, where she's designed robots, installations, games, activities, and more. She started writing to support the growing need of early coding education, particularly for girls and minorities. Layla and the Bots is her first chapter book series. You can visit Vicky at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2022
Layla and the Bots

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