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Molly Beth Griffin is a Minnesota native who lives in Minneapolis. Her picture books include Loon Baby (HMH 2011), Rhoda’s Rock Hunt (Minnesota Historical Society Press 2014), and the forthcoming titles Ten Beautiful Things (Charlesbridge 2021) and The Big Leaf Leap (Minnesota Historical Society Press 2021). She has also published one YA novel Silhouette of a Sparrow (Milkweed Editions 2012), two poetry chapbooks Under Our Feet and All the Hollow Places (Finishing Line Press 2018), and a series of eight beginning readers, School Sidekicks (Capstone 2019). She has been awarded two Minnesota State Arts Board grants and a McKnight Fellowship.
A heartfelt story of changing perspectives, set in the Midwest. Ten Beautiful Things gently explores loss, a new home, and finding beauty wherever you are.
Lily and her grandmother search for ten beautiful things as they take a long car ride to Iowa and Lily's new home with Gran. At first, Lily sees nothing beautiful in the April slush and cloudy sky. Soon though, Lily can see beauty in unexpected places, from the smell of spring mud to a cloud shaped like a swan to a dilapitated barn. A furious rainstorm mirrors Lily's anxiety, but as it clears Lily discovers the tenth beautiful thing: Lily and Gran and their love for each other.
Ten Beautiful Things leaves the exact cause of Lily's move ambiguous, making it perfect for anyone helping a child navigate change, whether it be the loss of a parent, entering or leaving a foster home, or moving.