& 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 …

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

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

Great Book!!!

What an excellent way to teach our kids to stand up for what is right!  This message is not promoted enough, and I wish every parent could read this book with their children.  The way it is illustrated is so appealing to the eyes as well.  Kudos to the author for producing such a wonderful teaching tool.


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

Stay True and Be YOU!

I simply adore these stories!  Once again, the adorable Dogfish, takes us on an ocean adventure – meeting some magnificent mammals along the way.  Dogfish admires all the amazing features of killer whales, belugas and narwhals – wishing he was one too – that is until he heard the cry of a young polar bear! Celebrating uniqueness and diversity are strong and important themes throughout the story. Which mighty mammal will save the day? You’ll just have to read it to find out! Beautifully illustrated, fun and educational too – what is there not to love about this book!  Highly recommend.


ZN - United Kingdom

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.


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!


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
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

We love this book!

My daughter and I loved reading this book.  It’s very well written and the words rhyme similar to a Dr. Seuss book.  It’s beautifully illustrated with bright colors.  Most of all, we love that the book has a very important message about bullying.  Reading this book helped me start a conversation with my four-year-old about bullying and what she can di if she finds herself in a bullying situation.

Tracey Gazel


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