Caillou (book series)

Caillou (French pronunciation: ​[kaju]), stylized as caillou, is a Canadian series of children's books. Beginning with a 1989 book written by Christine L'Heureux, the books also include materials created by illustrator and writer Hélène Desputeaux.[1][2] The authorship of and revenues from the book series have been the subject of several disputes regarding the respective legal and financial rights of Desputeaux, L'Hereux, and the publisher Les Éditions Chouette.[3]

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AuthorChristine L'Heureux
IllustratorHélène Desputeaux
LanguageFrench, English
PublisherLes Éditions Chouette

In 2013, Canada Post announced plans to issue a commemorative postage stamp featuring the character, but the stamp was not issued.[4]

As of 2015, more than 15 million copies of books in the series had been sold worldwide since the inception of the series in 1989.[5]

The books are the source material for a long-running children's television series produced from 1997 to 2010.


  1. ^ Bédard, Christian (2015-10-22). "At last, the 2005 Caillou agreement is made public | RAAV". Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec. Archived from the original on 2016-03-27. Retrieved 2021-06-01.
  2. ^ Baillargeon, Stéphane (8 October 2015). "L'entente secrète de 2005 dévoilée". Le Devoir. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  3. ^ Baillargeon, Stéphane (5 October 2015). "La maternité de Caillou, une affaire de gros sous". Le Devoir. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  4. ^ Dory Cerny, "80 years of Q&Q: a look back at Canadian children’s publishing: Caillou's Custody Battle", Quill & Quire, March 18, 2015.
  5. ^ Laura Godfrey, "News from the North: February 2015: Chouette Celebrates Caillou’s 25th Anniversary", Publishers Weekly, February 26, 2015.

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