Mira is an artist and her room is full of color. The streets of her neighborhood, however, are grey and drab. One day Mira meets an artist who envisions something beautiful and the two paint murals on the city walls. The colors and paintings attract the neighbors, inspire music and dancing, and bring the community together. Based on a true story, Maybe Something Beautiful is a gentle reminder that we all need to look beyond the ordinary and envision something beautiful -- something beautiful that inspires us and connects us to the community around us.
~ Eight Cousins— From Holiday Picks 2016
Maybe Something Beautiful has become my go-to gift for graduation in recent years. The message—bringing people together to brighten the community through color and art—resonates and inspires. I particularly love this book because of its emphasis on neighborhoods and communities. It highlights that, yes, one person can make a difference, and they do so by inspiring a group of people to work together for a common cause. Maybe Something Beautiful celebrates the individual and the artist, by way of the community and shared spaces. Inspire the graduates in your life to add color to their world.— From Sara's Reviews
About the Author
Rafael López grew up in Mexico City, where he was immersed in the rich cultural heritage and color of street life. He is the illustrator of many vibrant picture books, including the acclaimed Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle and Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. He has received the Pura Belpré and Américas awards multiple times. Rafael Lopez also designs and creates community-based murals nationwide. He divides his time between San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and San Diego, California. Visit him at rafaellopez-books.com.
Huffington Post Best Picture Books of 2016
Kirkus Best of 2016
School Library Journal’s Fuse#8 Best of 2016
2017 Tomás Rivera Book Award
* "An inspiring and wistful message wrapped up in a subtle, thoughtful narrative and lively, beautiful art: simply superb."
—Kirkus, STARRED review
"...Campoy and Howell deliver a clear, uplifting message about the power of art to revitalize people and their surroundings."
"This empowering story of community engagement might inspire kids to get involved in their own neighborhoods."