Welcome to Birthdayographies, where we celebrate picture book biographies one birthday at a time. Currently, almost 700 books are included and new titles are added regularly. Search for a picture book biography about a particular subject, or find out who shares a birthday with you.

(Unfortunately, during the recent platform switch, not all book covers imported.)

**Please note that I have a backlog of new titles to be added. If you’ve sent me your book’s information, please be patient. I might be seeking an intern to help me catch up.


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Levi Straus, inventor, businessmen
b. February 26, 1829
d. Sept. 26, 1902

Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea
(Hougthton Mifflin, 2011)

by Tony Johnston
illustrated by Stacy Innerst


Wild West chaos and creative problem solving are the force behind a well-loved American institution.
What’s a California miner to do
when gold dust sifts right out of his holey pockets? With such a raggedy
wardrobe, he may as well be mining in the vanilla (that is, his
birthday suit)! Good thing Levi Strauss is out west, ready with his
needle and a head full of bright ideas. With some quick thinking,
quicker stitching, and handy arithmetic, Levi keeps all the gold rushers
clothed—and becomes a modern American hero. A Wild West tall tale, Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea celebrates creativity, innovation, and the ubiquitous item that fills the closets of grateful jeans wearers worldwide.
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February 26 Birthday: Fats Domino

Fats Domino, musician
Feb. 26, 1928-

Shake, Rattle & Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll by Holly George-Warren, illustrated by Laura Levine (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)

Domino learned to play piano when he was ten. Born and raised in New Orleans, he’s still rockin’.

Domino was an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

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