DOGFISH Stands Up to Bullying

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Kindness Starts with You!

It’s the first day of school at Rainforest Elementary, and Pink Dolphin is sad! Dogfish and friends are there to help in this story of kindness, friendship, and acceptance.

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Stands Up to Bullying

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Welcome to Dogfish Tales

Stands Up to Bullying

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Award Winning Children’s Book

Mom's Choice Award - Gold Recipient
Mom's Choice Award - Gold Recipient
Mom's Choice Award - Gold Recipient
Mom's Choice Award - Gold Recipient

What DOGFISH Tales Readers Are Saying

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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