About Us

We’re a small but feisty team of authors and illustrators. Our mission is to create books that will delight both children and the grownups who read to them.

Meet Jess!

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Hi, I’m Jessica Boyd. I’m the founder of Buttertart Books and the writer of “Bear Hockey,” “Duck Fort” and “The Animal Hotel.” I’ve been crazy about kid lit since I was a kid myself! I have a gigantic collection of picture books that I love, and a smaller but equally awesome collection of terrible picture books (and by “awesome,” I mean “terrifying”).

In my past life, I worked as a creative lead and a senior writer for a very popular children’s website. I was also an advice hippo. It was a pretty sweet gig and I’d probably still be there, except for the arrival of my little ladies.

Currently, I spend my days chasing around my daughters, ages 4 and 2 months. They’re my biggest inspirations and my biggest distractions. My husband and I live with our girls just outside of Toronto, and we are all very excited about the startup of Buttertart Books!

 

Meet Maurizio!

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Hello, I’m Maurizio Curto. I am the Illustrator of “Bear Hockey.”  I’ve always felt that entertaining children is my passion. It has given me the opportunity to open and educate young minds, while presenting a wonderful world of imagination, happiness and excitement to kids. Plus it helps that I am a real kid at heart!

I have 10+ years of experience in the children’s interactive industry, producing artwork through my illustrations and designs. I have also have been involved in puppetry, where I have operated puppets and created custom voices for elves, wizards, ghosts, and yes, even a talking tree.

I enjoy nature, healthy eating, comic books, all types of movies, and the occasional video game, which I enjoy playing with my friends. My lovely wife and two cats are always there to brighten my day and support me when I need it most.

I’m very excited to be a part of the Buttertart Books team.  We are really looking forward to releasing “Bear Hockey” because we know you’re going to love it!

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