author. speaker. youth advocate.

Children’s Books

Anthony is the author/illustrator of several children’s books, including one aimed at children with incarcerated parents, titled “My Daddy’s in Jail.”

Coloring books

Anthony is the creator of several best selling sports series coloring books including the All-Star series for the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.


Since Anthony’s release from prison in early 2013 he has been on a mission, speaking to students across the country about the choices they make.


For more information about Anthony and what he is doing (including interviews, anti-drug/crime videos, media links,upcoming projects) click here.

Anthony's Story

From football star to drug addict and criminal. From prison to author and speaker.
Inmate #38974-086

Prior to writing his first children's book or speaking on college campuses, Anthony Curcio was inmate #38974-086 serving a 6-year Federal prison sentence for pulling off an elaborate armored car heist. Once a promising athlete playing wide receiver for the University of Idaho football team until a career ending injury led to a decade-long addiction to prescription pain medicine. Anthony's downward spiral consisted of failed treatment centers, organized crime, and a desperate wish for it all to come to an end. Anthony's wish came true after the FBI received a tip from a very attentive homeless man who witnessed a practice run weeks prior to the armored car robbery. While serving his sentence in Texas, Anthony was thrown into solitary confinement for 7 months. Living in inhumane conditions, his only comfort came from drawing illustrations for his young daughters and dreaming to one day help others avoid making the choices that he had that brought him to that hell. Since his release in 2013, Anthony has traveled the country speaking to youth. He is also the author/illustrator of over 30 books.

  • Over 50,000 Students

    11 states, 2 countries, 8 jails, 3 prisons and countless schools, camps and colleges

  • 276 Publisher Rejection Letters

    For "The Boy Who Never Gave Up," which spent 76 straight weeks as #1 Best Seller.

  • over 7 months in hell

    31 weeks in solitary confinement

  • 5 Amazon best sellers

    and 150,000+ copies sold in 26 months


What people say after hearing Anthony's message

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