& 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 …

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

A Heartwarming Journey of Self-Discovery

DOGFISH JUST BE YOU by @_rita_reed_ — these illustrations made me giggle — they are so cute!

“Dogfish Just Be You” is a heartwarming and beautifully crafted children’s book that not only entertains but also imparts essential lessons about self-acceptance and embracing diversity. Rita Reed’s storytelling and the charming illustrations work seamlessly together, creating a memorable reading experience for children and their families. This book is a valuable addition to any library, promoting important values that will resonate with young readers for years to come.

Kelsey Chen

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+


Finding Joy in Being Yourself

“Dogfish, Just Be YOU!” by Rita Reed is a delightful tale of self-discovery, where Dogfish learns the importance of self-belief amidst his sea adventures.  Vibrant illustrations, by Craig Cartwright, bring to life the diverse sea mammals encountered along the way, captivating young readers.  With a heartwarming message and engaging visuals, this book beautifully conveys the importance of embracing one’s uniqueness and finding joy in being oneself.

Neil Gaw

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

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

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

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.

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

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


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