Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell, and Rafael Lopez (Illustrator). Image courtesy of maybesomethingbeautiful.com and HMH Books.

Art in Your Neighborhood

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell, and Rafael Lopez (Illustrator). Image courtesy of maybesomethingbeautiful.com and HMH Books.

Maybe Something Beautiful book cover featuring its young brown female protagonist
Book Recommendation

Maybe Something Beautiful

By Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell

Take a look at The Family Garden, created by Jaime Molina, a Denver-based artist whose artwork takes many forms including murals, paintings, and sculptures. Maybe you’ve seen his murals throughout the city of Denver!

Now read Maybe Something Beautiful, a book based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California. This book reveals how art can inspire transformation—and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big. After reading, you can learn more about the Urban Art Trail or visit the book’s website for an in-depth teaching guide.

Prompting Questions:

  • Where do you see art in your neighborhood or community? How does it make you feel?
  • How did art bring the community in the book together? How can art bring your community together?
  • In the story, color brought joy to the streets and the people of the town. Think about your community, your school, and your home. What are things that bring joy, love, kindness, or peace to these special places?
  • Is there a place in your life that could benefit from more joy or beauty? How will you help make it happen?

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Book cover for Hachiko featuring a dog in the center
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