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Tina Nichols Coury grew up in L.A. the youngest of four children to a single saint of a mom. Attending 12 years of parochial school, Tina found drawing a sure way to get out of homework, suck up to the nuns and make a few bucks sketching on book covers or desks. Tina worked as an illustrator as she attended art college in California and created paintings for such clients as Warner Brothers Records, Universal Studios, and Bon Appetite Magazine.

Marrying record executive Al Coury in 1988, Tina pursued her love of writing and painting full time. Tina has exhibited her art in galleries around the world. After twenty five years of the happiest of marriages, her husband, Al Coury passed away August 8,2013

Having a passion for children’s literature, Tina has been an active member of the SCBWI since 1994. Bringing her unique artistic view to all her stories, Tina sold her first manuscript to Dutton’s Children’s Books, “Hanging Off Jefferson’s Nose, growing up on Mount Rushmore.”

Sticking to the philosophy of “have fun, be kind and eat chocolate,” Tina pursues life with the enthusiasm of a 10 year old.

Hanging Off Jefferson’s Nose. Growing Up On Mount Rushmore
Dial Books For Young Readers. Penguin USA has won.

Silver Honor Winner Eureka Award 2012
Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee
Goodreads Top Ten Books to Buy 2012
National Council for Social Studies Best Children’s book list 2013

Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader
Free Common Core downloadable curriculum guide

Tales From The Rushmore Kid