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Our Story

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How Les Éditions Chapeau Melon Began

Les Éditions Chapeau Melon was born in January 2005. The idea of writing personalized stories where the child is the hero of his or her own adventure came to mind while I was reading to my own children.

I would always change the name of the main character and replace it with my daughters’ names. Seeing the magical look, they would get in their eyes, it dawned on me that when kids feel like they’re at the heart of the adventure, their imagination soars!

I would like to say a huge thank-you to all our clients, who share my belief in the magic of books. Your support and trust have meant that thousands of children have received one or more books from our collection. And the adventure continues…

For our ten-year anniversary, our logo—Melon the Bear—was given a beautiful makeover, and the company name was changed to Ton livre, ton histoire par Chapeau Melon, which means “Your Book, Your Story by Chapeau Melon” in English.

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The Story Behind Melon the Bear

Melon, the cute bear who is the logo of my company, was born at night. It was one of those nights when I was wide awake with inspiration, and ideas were racing through my mind so fast I could hardly catch them. Melon represents the sweetness and innocence of childhood.

His hat, which is just a bit too big for him, symbolizes young children’s desire to grow.

Last but not least, the book Melon is holding not only illustrates my company’s mission, but also symbolizes an open window to the world, where children grow as they read.

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Isabelle Leblanc

Isabelle Leblanc,

Founder and Author

My name is Isabelle. I have a big heart and an entrepreneurial spirit, but above all I’m a loving partner and mommy. Writing children’s books has been my way of achieving my mission: To share the love of reading and help children build their self-esteem. I hope you enjoy my stories, which convey beautiful values like friendship, sharing, and helping one another. I hope that when you read them with your children, you will experience wonderful moments of bonding and happiness.

Josee Tellier

Josée Tellier,

Illustrator

My name is Josée, and I’ve been passionate about drawing since kindergarten! Early on, I knew I would work in this field. With that dream in mind, I practised drawing every day, which led to several awards in various regional competitions. This passion for the arts led me to pursue my studies in graphic design.

My portfolio grew through a variety of projects over the years, including children’s fashion lines, exhibits, and several young adult book covers, notably the popular series Le journal d’Aurélie Laflamme by India Desjardins.

Faithful collaborator of Isabelle and Melon the cute bear, I put my heart into creating universes to amaze the young and the big.

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Our Mission

To instill a love of reading, build children’s self-esteem, and unlock their creativity by giving them their own adventure in storybook form. They get to experience the thrill of being the hero for a few pages!

Order a personalized book for one child and make a difference in the life of another. For each personalized book sold, we give $0.50 to a children’s aid organization. All causes are important, which is why we are committed to supporting several throughout the year. Do you have a cause you hold dear? Let us know.

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