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Dorothy Keeley Aldis

Born: March 13, 1896 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: July 4, 1966 in Lake Forest, Illinois

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Aldis was born in Chicago and brought up on a farm near Wheaton. After marrying her husband, she lived in Lake Forest the rest of her life.

Biography: When she was fourteen, Dorothy Keeley Aldis's family moved to a farm near Wheaton, Illinois. At sixteen she was sent to school, and the following year to college. Leaving college before the completion of her junior year, she started working at odd jobs around Chicago and at one time was the Art, Household, Lovelorn and Beauty editors on a Chicago paper. For more than forty years, Dorothy Aldis remained at the forefront of children's literature, beginning in 1927 with her first book of poetry aimed at young children. During her busy writing career she produced twenty-nine books, including children's poetry, biography, and adolescent literature.

  • Children’s Reading Round Table Award, Society of Midland Authors, 1966

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Children


Selected Titles

Dumb Stupid David

Putnam 1965