Paw Patrol Readalikes

Wikipedia’s Description: A group of six rescue dogs, led by a tech-savvy boy named Ryder, has adventures in “PAW Patrol.” The heroic pups, who believe “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” work together to protect the community. Among the members of the group are fire-dog Marshall, police pup Chase, and fearless Skye. All of the animals have special skills, gadgets and vehicles that help them on their rescue missions. Whether rescuing a kitten or saving a train from a rockslide, the PAW Patrol is always up for the challenge while also making sure there’s time for a game or a laugh.

Main Appeals:  Talking animals, teamwork, ‘things that go’ (vehicles), community helpers, problem solving

Readalikes for ages 4+


Kate McMullan’s “I’m . . .!” Machines at Work series

Amazon’s Description:  This series features a variety of public works and transportation vehicles (including: garbage trucks, backhoes, tugboats, trains, firetrucks, and Zamboni machines).

Crossover Appeal:  Paw Patrol watchers who most revel in the many varied vehicles that appear in the show and the purposes they serve will take easily to this series, which is designed around explaining (through humor and a high-energy character voice) the pieces and parts of each vehicle and how it does its job.

Norman Bridwell’s “Clifford the Big Red Dog” series

Amazon’s Description: (Clifford is) an adorable dog whose well-meaning bumblings have great kid appeal. Clifford is Emily Elizabeth’s, and everyone’s, favorite big red dog!

Crossover Appeal:  For fans of Paw Patrol who mainly enjoy the cute factor of the show’s pups and their often slapstick, comedic misadventures, the famed Clifford series is a perfect fit.


Rescue Bunnies by Doree Cronin, illus. by Scott Menchin

Amazon’s Description: Newbie is a Rescue Bunny trainee.

She has passed the Physical Fitness Test. She has passed the Emergency Rescue Roping Test. She has even passed the Blind Taste Test. Now it’s time for the toughest Rescue Bunny test of all . . . the Field Test!

It involves a scared giraffe in a sinking mudhole, some hungry hyenas, and dance moves that sneak up on you.

Will Newbie have what it takes? The right stuff? Can she handle the truth?

Crossover Appeal:  With both the cute, talking animals and the forward momentum of a plot that revolves around a search and rescue mission that appeals to Paw Patrol viewers, Rescue Bunnies is a natural pairing to the show.

Sharon Katz Cooper’s “Whose Is It?  Community Workers” series

Amazon’s DescriptionThe books in this series (which also include Whose Tools Are These?, Whose Vehicle Is This?, Whose Shoes Are These?, Whose Gloves Are These?, and Whose Coat Is This?) provides “a great introduction to some important jobs in the community in the form of an occupational guessing game.”

Crossover Appeal:  With viewers for whom the appeal of Paw Patrol is the specialized accoutrements for each pup’s work, this series is an easy and accessible introduction to non-fiction books for the age group, with a question-and-answer format that makes for a great, interactive read-a-loud.

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