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Ashay By the Bay founder and CEO Deborah Day told USA TODAY. "There’s a lot going on… Children need storybooks and they need the parents to sometimes sit down and read with them. That’s just that closeness – that opportunity is a great way to begin the healing process."

For preschool and elementary school-age kids, Dr. Tatum recommends sharing "Something Happened in Our Town" by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard. For teenagers, Angie Thomas' "The Hate U Give" is a good place to start, she told USA TODAY. 

Best-selling stories to help younger kids: 

  • "The Colors of Us" by Karen Katz
  • "Let’s Talk About Race" by Julius Lester
  • "The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism" by Pat Thomas
  • Sesame Street's "We're Different, We're the Same" by Bobbi Jane Kates
  • "Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice" by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
  • "I Am Enough" by Grace Byers
  • "Happy in Our Skin" by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia
  • "Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement" by Carole Boston Weatherford and Ekua Holmes
  • "Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America" by Jennifer Harvey
  • "Daddy Why Am I Brown?: A healthy conversation about skin color and family" by Bedford F. Palmer
  • "A Terrible Thing Happened" by Margaret Holmes
  • “Antiracist Baby" by Ibram X. Kendi
  • "Hair Love" by Matthew A. Cherry
  • "Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights" by Rob Sanders and Jared Andrew Schorr 
  • "The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family" by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali Hatem Aly 

For teens: 

  • "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas
  • "Harbor Me" by Jacqueline Woodson
  • "This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work" by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand
  • "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson
  • "Dear White People" by Justin Simien
  • "The Black Kids" by Christina Hammonds Reed
  • "Dear Martin" by Nic Stone
  • "All American Boys" by Jason Reynolds
  • "The Black Flamingo" by Dean Atta
  • "The Black Kids" by Christina Hammonds Reed
  • "This Is My America" by Kim Johnson
  • "Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves" by Glory Edim
  • "I'm Not Dying With You Tonight" by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

'First look for sameness': Mahogany Books:Bookstore based in Washington, D.C. 

Ashay By The Bay: San Francisco Bay Area kids bookstore

Harriett's Bookshop: Philadelphia-based store named after Harriett Tubman

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Semicolon Bookstore: Chicago's only Black woman-owned independent bookstore

The Lit Bar:Bronx-based bookstore and wine bar

Sister's Uptown Bookstore: Family owned and operated bookstore and community space in Manhattan

Sankofa: Washington, D.C.-based bookstore that celebrates Pan-African culture and offers book clubs and children's events

Hakim's Bookstore: Philadelphia's first and oldest African American bookstore specializing in Black history

Cafe con Libros: Feminist, independent bookstore based in Brooklyn, New York

More: Inside historic Black bookstores' fight for survival against the COVID-19 pandemic

Contributing: Sara M. Moniuszko, USA TODAY. 

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