Maybe Something Beautiful

Maybe Something Beautiful

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'How Art Transformed a Neighborhood' What good can a splash of colour do in a community of grey? As Mira and her neighbours discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation-and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big. Pick up a paintbrush and join the celebration! AGES: 4-7 AUTHOR: Isabel Campoy is the author, translator, or anthologist of numerous books in the areas of poetry, theater, fictional narrative, biography, art, and bilingual education. She has been recognized with the Laureate Award from the San Francisco Public Library, the Reading the World Award, and many others.. Theresa Howell began her career in publishing as a children's book editor at Rising Moon, where she helped to establish the bilingual imprint Luna Rising. She is currently the children's editor at Rio Chico Books for Children, and the author of children's books with an artistic and cultural focus. Rafael Lopez grew up in Mexico City, where he was immersed in the rich cultural heritage and colour 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. Rafael Lopez also designs and creates community-based murals nationwide.
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 254 x 254 x 11.18mm | 417.3g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • full colour illustrations
  • 0544357698
  • 9780544357693
  • 130,045

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Chicago Public Library Best of the Best books of 2016
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."
--Publishers Weekly

"This empowering story of community engagement might inspire kids to get involved in their own neighborhoods."
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About F. Isabel Campoy

F. Isabel Campoy is an author, translator, and bilingual educator in San Rafael, California. Theresa Howell is a children's book author/editor in Evergreen, Colorado. Rafael López is a muralist and award-winning illustrator in San Diego, California. Visit their websites at,, and
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2,649 ratings
4.26 out of 5 stars
5 47% (1,246)
4 36% (962)
3 13% (348)
2 3% (70)
1 1% (23)
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