LOVE, BRAVE, and BEAUTIFUL Books Giveaway + Printable Valentine Cards to Show You Care

Valentines Day Word Search Puzzle

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for grownups; kids love it, too! Besides all of the candy and treats, it’s always wonderful to express your love and receive love in return.

Critically acclaimed children’s author Stacy McAnulty has a new book out that is perfect for Valentine’s Day – LOVE – that continues to share a message of diversity, inclusivity, and compassion that is more needed now than ever.

Illustrated with a diverse cast of characters, LOVE shows that love can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The contrast between the text and the colorful art turns stereotypes on their heads as “Love calls for bouquets of flowers” accompanies an image of a young boy giving a hand-picked bundle to his sick grandfather, and “designer greeting cards” shows a little boy painstakingly drawing a card by hand.

All kinds of love are celebrated within these pages, and all are treated equally: a family with two moms, a military mom overseas, a child learning sign language to communicate with their friend, adopted siblings, new babies, beloved pets, and all faiths and ethnicities.

“Perfect for balancing the commercialism of Valentine’s Day” (Kirkus starred review), LOVE will bring a smile to readers of all ages as they are reminded that “nothing else matters without love.”

Stacy McAnulty has two other titles that also show love by empowering kids to be themselves: BRAVE and BEAUTIFUL. Read on for more, and be sure to enter the three-book giveaway below!

BRAVE is an empowering picture book for all kids that demonstrates to children that they can be real-life superheroes and that all kids have what it takes to be brave. Superheroes seek adventure, never give up, and stay calm when others are afraid. Superheroes are brave.

But they aren’t the only ones. Kids are brave every day. When they are told they are too little but accomplish something big. When they check for monsters under the bed, just in case. When they face something uncertain, whether a thunderstorm or a hospital visit. When they stand up for what’s right, even when it means facing consequences. Like superheroes, brave kids can save the world, just by being brave. This book inspires kids to follow their hearts and to have courage, no matter the situation.

Every girl is unique, talented, and lovable…every girl is BEAUTIFUL. Much more than how one looks on the outside, true beauty is found in conquering challenges, showing kindness, and spreading contagious laughter. Beautiful girls are empowered and smart and strong! BEAUTIFUL breaks barriers by showing girls free to be themselves: splashing in mud, conducting science experiments, and reading books under a flashlight with friends. This book encourages all girls to embrace who they are and realize their endless potential.

LOVE Activity Sheet Printables

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, you and your child can print some fun LOVE activity sheets! Print and create your own valentine cards, or follow the writing/drawing prompts to show your loved ones that you care.

About the Author:

Stacy McAnulty is a children’s book author, who used to be a mechanical engineer, who’s also qualified to be a dog therapist (is that a thing???), a correspondent for The Daily Show (why not), and a Green Bay Packer coach (totally!). When not writing, Stacy likes to listen to NPR, bake triple-chocolate cupcakes, and eat triple-chocolate cupcakes. Originally from upstate NY, she now lives in Kernersville, NC with her 3 kids, 3 dogs, and 1 husband.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win a Stacy McAnulty book prize pack which includes Brave, Love, and Beautiful. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 2/6/19. Good luck!

Stacy McAnulty Books Giveaway


  1. Sandy Klocinski says

    Use a heart cookie cutter for heart-shaped French toast. Serve with red berries, sprinkled with powdered sugar.

  2. Shannon Baas says

    I would like to read the Brave book.

  3. I would like to read all of them! But if only one, Beautiful

  4. LeAnn Harbert says

    I like to make Valentine’s Day cupcakes with my granddaughters.

  5. “Beautiful” looks like a nice book!

  6. Donna Clifford says

    I look most forward to reading the “Love” book.

  7. My wife and I love to go to dinner and a movie for Valentines Day I also love the book Brave think my little niece would love this

  8. Meredith Brooks says

    On Valentines day with the kids I usually make heart shaped pancakes for breakfast. We also made homemade cards for family & friends. Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Valentines Day!

  9. I like to send special notes throughout February. I think my son would enjoy brave.

  10. christy sweeney says

    My favorite activity to do with my kids for valentines day is decorating cookies and watching them fill out their valentine cards. I love the scratchy handwriting and the thoughtful amount of time they put into them

  11. Melissa Smith says

    I love cutting hearts out of construction paper with my kids. And I’m most looking forward to reading Brave!

  12. Cindy Peterson says

    Love making homemade valentines and personalized frosted heart shaped sugar cookies. It is tradition.

  13. Love to bake with my daughter!

  14. We bake and decorate Valentine’s Day themed treats. We also make handmade cards for each other.

  15. We heart baking cupcakes together!

  16. Breanna Clewley says

    I love to do art with my bestfriends child. I will go over this next time and we will color and make things for Valentine gifts and my fridge.

  17. I LOVE going to their parties at school. Just got a text from my daughter in law inviting me to the twins preschool party. I will be there.

  18. Jaime mcgraw says

    My daughter would love the brave book. She has super hero costume she always wear. For valentines we’ll be making cupcakes together.

  19. We love making Valentine’s cookies and cupcakes.

  20. Leslie Davis says

    I’m most excited for Love.

  21. Thanks for the post!

  22. Making pink cupcakes!

  23. heather padilla says

    my kids and I always made cards and gifts from stuff we had around the house to give out.

  24. Jennifer Raska says

    My favorite activity to do every year with my little ones is for us to make our homemade lollipops and tape them to their Valentines Day cards they pick out for their preschool classroom to pass out! I also make them a personal Vday basket for them to wake up to!

  25. Jennifer Raska says

    I love your blog and giveaways!!❤

  26. julie Redden says

    I love the idea this would teach our kids, would love to win!

  27. Laura DeLaRosa says

    I would like to read the book Love.

  28. wow

  29. Annmarie Weeks says

    I love the Beautiful book…would love to share that with my niece! What’s on the inside is more important than what’s on the outside!

  30. Amber Cheras says

    We love to bake heart shaped cookies

  31. I love the book LOVE!

  32. I am looking forward to reading Brave.

  33. Antoinette M says

    I would like to read Brave.

  34. kristina Hartman says

    My daughters would love new books! They get read to every night and I’m sure get tired of the same 100+ books we already have lol. Never hurt to have more!

  35. Lisa Vanhook says

    My nieces in Tennessee would love these books and they could read them to their new baby brother….:)

  36. Joni Chadwell says

    We like to make fancy heart shaped cookies forValentine’s Day

  37. kathy pease says

    I am looking forward to reading Beautiful

  38. Darlene Owen says

    I’m looking forward to reading Brave.

  39. A small evergreen tree gets red lights and tinsel and heart shaped ornaments to greet people at the entryway.

  40. Casey Garvey says

    I always put a note and treat .in my kids lunches for holidays. They would miss it if I skipped it.

  41. They all look great, but I think I’m most looking forward to Brave.

  42. Audrey Stewart says

    We have decorated our shoe boxes to take to school. We always enjoy that.

  43. Margaret S Porter says

    They all look good. I would start with the Brave book first

  44. I’m most looking forward to reading Love.

  45. Quanda Dykstra says

    I’m looking forward to reading the Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty book with my granddaughter.

  46. Baking Valentine’s cookies is a favorite activity here!

  47. I would most look forward to reading Beautiful, but I think all the books would be wonderful and beneficial to any child.

  48. kelly woods says

    I love going to the movies and dinner. Thank you for [email protected]

  49. I’m most looking forward to reading Love. All of them look awesome though!

  50. Bridget Calfee says

    Making Valentine Day card holders for classroom

  51. Philip Lawrence says

    I like making Valentine’s Day cards with my grandchild. I am most looking forward to reading “LOVE” to my grandchild.

  52. I love making cards with the kids at work for there parents

  53. These books sound wonderful!

  54. Brave is a beautiful book

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