Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Anothy C. LiFonti  

Pen Name: TC LiFonti


Audience: Children;

Born: 1975 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

LiFonti was born in Chicago. His family moved to Lombard when he was seven years old and this is where he grew up and went to school. He graduated from Glenbard East High School in 1993 and attended North Central College in Naperville where he would earn degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature and a minor in Secondary Education. In 2002, LiFonti earned a master's degree from North Central in Educational Curriculum and Instruction and, in 2014, he earned another degree in physical education.

Biographical and Professional Information

Anthony C. LiFonti is an author and teacher. Before taking his current job at Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream, Illinois, he taught at Galesburg High School in Galesburg, Illinois. In 2013 for a series of five children books, LiFonti teamed up with NFL All-Pro cornerback Charles Tillman, formally of the Chicago Bears and now with the Carolina Panthers. For each book sold, a portion of the proceeds directly benefits the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation and helps critically and chronically ill children and their families. For more information on the foundation, please visit the website at:

Selected Titles At Your Library

The story of pirate bear and the treasure hunt /
ISBN: 0692228160. OCLC Number:

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On the day of the Annual Little Bear Treasure Hunt, Pirate Bear heads to Unity Park in hopes of winning this year's hunt. However, when he decides to not join a team and tries to win all by himself, he soon finds himself struggling to keep pace.

The story of beach bear and the sandcastle /
ISBN: 0692227245. OCLC Number:

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As Beach Bear finds the perfect place next to the sea to build his sandcastle, the day grows longer and the tide slowly rises. When Beach Bear runs to get Mama Bear and show her his creation, he returns to find his castle in ruins. Mama Bear explains the importance of memories and pride in one's own accomplishments.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

LiFonti is available for author visits regarding literacy talks to children and creative writing workshops. Please contact him for additional details.