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Author: F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell Narrator: Adriana Sananes Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781520061313
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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 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!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Adriana Sananes delights in the imagination and hope of young Mira. A doodler, drawer, and painter, Mira shares her creations—an apple, a songbird, a heart—with the people she meets along the street. After she tapes a yellow sun to a drab brick wall and a man with paintbrushes and a vision for ‘something beautiful’ discovers it, a neighborhood transformation begins. Sananes’s enthusiasm is evident; Mira’s outbursts of joy, the paintbrush man’s musings on the wall’s possibilities, and even a policeman come through as vivid characters. Accompanying music provides bursts of merengue, cha-cha, and salsa as neighbors come together to paint. An interview with the authors in which they explain the origins of the Urban Art Trail in the East Village of San Diego concludes the production.”


  • “An inspiring and wistful message wrapped up in a subtle, thoughtful narrative…Simply superb.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “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.”


  • A 2016 Huffington Post Pick for Best Picture Books
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016
  • A School Library Journal Top Pick of 2016

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About the Author

F. Isabel Campoy is a poet, playwright, songwriter, and storyteller. She has written numerous children’s books, both in English and Spanish, on the art and culture of the Hispanic world.

About the Narrator

Adriana Sananes is an award-winning actress and an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. She narrated the documentary Children of Fate, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award, and has recorded over eighty bestsellers including Loving Che, The Dark Bride, My Sister Frida, The Dirty Girls Social Club, the Grammy-nominated Brown Bear Series by Eric Carle, and the Audie-nominated How the García Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Álvarez.