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Dogfish sets out on an exciting Arctic adventure to see the glistening northern lights. Along the way he meets many talented friends and a baby bear who is in BIG trouble!

Join Dogfish on his journey of self-esteem, confidence, and self-acceptance, as he travels the icy waters of the North!

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Just Be YOU!

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Welcome to Dogfish Tales

Just Be YOU!

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Award Winning Children’s Book

Mom's Choice Award - Gold Recipient
Readers' Favorite Bronze Award
Mom's Choice Award - Gold Recipient
Mom's Choice Award - Gold Recipient

What DOGFISH Tales Readers Are Saying

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.

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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

Dogfish is a wonderful friend of mine

I am so happy to see his story told to children around the world.  Would recommend this book!

Unicorn of the Sea

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

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.


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

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

I’ve read a lot of children’s books over the years, and I can tell you that this one is going to be on my list of favorites for a long time.

It is an exceptional tale that has the power to change lives, and it should be in the hands of every child!

The repetitive verse throughout will be easily remembered by young readers, helping them build confidence, self-acceptance and an ability to love themselves exactly as they are. I was so moved by it that it brought tears to my eyes. I would give it more than 5 stars if I could!

Louise Jane, CEO
The Golden Wizard Book Prize

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!


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+