& Friends

DOGFISH has friends all around the world!  He loves sharing the stories of his adventures and teaches some important life lessons along the way.

Pink Dolphin



Pink Dolphin



What Our Readers Are Saying …

Gives Children the Courage to Stand Up Against Bullies

Dogfish Stands Up to Bullying is an incredible book that gives children the courage to stand up against bullies and the confidence to solve their problems by themselves.

This story is about Dogfish, who is excited to start his new school year at Rainforest Elementary. In the playground, Dogfish observes that his classmates are sad because an Anaconda bullies them.

A Pink Dolphin, the piranhas, and the slimy snail face bullying and discrimination because of their different colors and distinctive features. Join Dogfish as he stands by his friends and tries to teach Anaconda that he should care for others’ feelings and emotions.

Vibrant illustrations make this book an incredible learning journey for kids. It teaches children about friendship, kindness, forgiveness, and positive behavior. This heartwarming tale reminds the importance of accepting each other’s differences and teaches children to deal with bullies with kindness and empathy.

Perfect for 3+


Brilliant read and educational!

It’s never too early to teach our children about responsibilities of life and one of the very important lessons of littering which translates to recycling! Mrs. Reed’s book not only entertains children but teaches them the importance of taking care of our planet by simple acts of responsibility!  The illustrations are colorful and truly captured the interest of my grandchildren!  A perfect gift for Christmas!  You can never start too early to teach a child to take interest in good reads!  Two thumbs up!


FIN-TASTIC book helping children to SEA the importance of keeping Earth clean!

This book does a fantastic job of addressing the impact that pollution has on Earth’s oceans! With the lovable and fun Dogfish character and a kid-friendly storyline, the book teaches children how we can avoid harming ocean animals and make our world a cleaner and healthier place by doing our part and working together. The powerful use of adjectives (accompanied by brilliant illustrations) makes the book highly engaging and strongly emphasizes the importance of the “Four R’s” of keeping the environment healthy: recycle, reduce, reinvent, and reuse. ♻️

Throughout my career as a K-6 literacy teacher and literacy coach, I’ve read a lot of children’s books to students about environmental impact. I can genuinely say that “Dogfish Saves the Ocean” is among the most highly engaging and creative environmental themed children’s books I’ve ever read. I will be adding this book to my list of Earth Day read alouds with my young students and I highly encourage other teachers to do the same!

Chris Conolly
Author & K-6 Literacy Teacher
Readers' Favorite Review

Rita Reed has added another delightful tale to her Dogfish series.

Dogfish Just Be You! will encourage kids to recognize that everyone, including them, is perfect. The world would be a boring place if we were all the same. Kids will love seeing all the aquatic mammals that inhabit the northern oceans, especially the unicorn of the sea, the narwhal! Reed does a superb job showing kids that acknowledging others’ talents doesn’t diminish their gifts. That’s what makes the world a wonderfully diverse place. Craig Cartwright’s illustrations are colorful and full of movement and wonder. Dogfish’s expressive face and spotted star-like sea tail are especially distinctive. The northern lights are magical. It will delight ocean lovers everywhere while reinforcing the message that we all have worth.

Kristine Zimmerman

Best Children’s Book Series

I think Dogfish Tales is the best children’s book series! And I’m not biased just because I’m featured in the second book.

Pink Dolphin
Swim Instructor

Beautiful story with an important message

My daughter adores this delightful book for its beautiful, bright illustrations, cute characters and light rhyming verse. I love it for the gentle message about kindness and standing up to bullies. It has rapidly become a firm favourite at bedtime!

Rachel Tylor

Important Message, Entertaining and Beautiful Illustrations

I can’t say enough about this wonderful author and her books for children. My nieces and nephews love them. I’ve purchased 3 different ones and the kids keep going back to the bookcase to read over and over again. This one in particular was for my older nephew 4 years old and he loves it.


Reminding children they are incredible!

I love books that offer more than just a fun story and this story not only offer children adventure, but it reminds children they are incredible individual beings with the ability to do incredible things.

There is nothing wrong with a fun adventure picture book. However, books that have meaning and support children’s emotional development is always going to be a win for me. This book has it all, fun, adventure, and supports children’s confidence and self-esteem building.

Joanna P.A. Moore

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Book Recommendation

Self-Awareness is the capacity to recognize one’s strengths and limitations. It includes feelings of self-confidence and growth mindset.

“Dogfish Just Be You,” Is an amazing book that helps support children in finding their uniqueness! … This is a great book for your SEL bookshelf! Pick it up on Amazon!

Melissa Eastin

Love this book! Amazing message and story

“Dogfish Stands Up to Bullying” by Rita Reed is a delightful and beautifully illustrated children’s book that addresses the sensitive topic of bullying with charm, wisdom and an empowering message. This heartwarming story is an excellent resource for parents, educators, and children alike. I especially enjoyed the rhyming throughout – you can tell a lot of love went into writing this!  Beautiful illustrations and a fantastic message. What’s not to love!? I’ll definitely be buying the other books in the Dogfish series! Can’t wait to read them.

Amazon Purchase - Australia


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