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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charles Anthony Tillman  

Pen Name: Charles "Peanut" Tillman


Audience: Children;

Born: 1981 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Tillman was born in Chicago. He played for the Chicago Bears from 2003 - 2014.

Biographical and Professional Information

Charles "Peanut" Tillman is a retired American football cornerback. He played college football at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played for the Bears for twelve years and went on to play for the Carolina Panthers in 2015 before retiring in 2016.After his second-youngest daughter was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, which resulted in a heart transplant, Tillman created the Cornerstone Foundation mission to help improve the lives of critically and chronically ill children throughout Chicago. The proceeds from the Snowy Bear series of books he co-authored with TC LiFonti help support the Foundation.

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Titles At Your Library

The Story of Snowy Bear and the Lost Scarf (Volume 1)
ISBN: 0692352015


As Snowy Bear wakes up, he sees the snow outside and wants to go play. However, before he can, he must find his snowy scarf. Unfortunately, Snowy has misplaced it and this is where his struggle begins...

The Story of Pirate Bear and the Treasure Hunt: Pirate Bear and the Treasure Hunt (Volume 2)
ISBN: 0692228160


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 (Volume 3)
ISBN: 0692227245


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. From here, Mama Bear explains the importance of memories and pride in one's own accomplishments.

The Story of Scary Bear and the Pumpkin Patch (Volume 4)
ISBN: 069228608X


With Halloween only three days away, Scary Bear anxiously awaits for Papa Bear to come home from work so they can go pick out pumpkins. However, once they arrive at the pumpkin patch, Scary Bear races off into the fields and gets lost, and he soon discovers that he should have stayed near Papa Bear...

The Story of Lovie Bear and the Valentine's Day Card (Volume 5)
ISBN: 0692368574


The night before Valentine's Day, Lovie Bear makes a special card for Tiana Bear, who he wants as his Bear-n-Tine. However, when it is time to share cards at school, Lovie becomes unsure of himself and whether or not he should take a chance on telling Tiana how he feels about her. At this point, Lovie has to make a decision whether to give her the Bear-n-Tine he made, or walk away saying nothing...

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