Written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell
HMH Books for Young Readers 2016

What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on a true story, 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!


“López, whose career as a muralist inspired this story, loads each double spread with curves, splashes of paint and geometric shapes, changing page orientation for emphasis at times.  As Mira’s city comes alive with unforgettable human spirit. The mysterious artist sums it all up ” the world is your canvas”. An inspiring and wistful message wrapped up in a subtle, thoughtful narrative, and lively beautiful art: Simply superb.”

– Kirkus Starred Review


“This empowering story of community engagement might inspire kids to get involved in their own neighborhoods.”

– Booklist



Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award 2017

American Library Association Notable Book 2017

Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title 2017

New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2016

Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2016

International Latino Book Award

Chicago Public Library Best Picture Books of the Year

School Library Journal Top Ten LatinX 2016


Maybe Something Beautiful Video


All The Wonders of Maybe Something Beautiful

All The Wonders Podcast