by George J. Dance

Dorothy aldis

Dorothy Keeley Aldis (1896-1966). Courtesy Marie Brannon.

Born March 13, 1896(1896-Template:MONTHNUMBER-13)
Chicago, Illinois
Died July 4, 1966(1966-Template:MONTHNUMBER-04) (aged 70)
Occupation Children's Author, Poet
Notable work(s) All Together, "Hiding" (poem)
Notable award(s) Children's Reading Round Table Award, 1966-1967

Dorothy Keeley Aldis (March 13, 189 - July 4, 1966)[1] was an American poet, novelist, and children's writer.[2]


Dorothy Keeley was born in Chicago, the oldest of 4 daughters. She was educated at Smith College. In 1922 she married Graham Aldis, a Chicago realtor, and moved with him to Lake Forest, Illinois.[2]

She wrote her 1st book, a book of poetry for children, in 1927. She would go on to author 29 books, including children's poetry, biography, and adolescent literature.[3]

She served on the Board of the Midland Authors Association.[2] She had 4 children, and lived in Lake Forest until her death at age 70.[4]


Aldis was awarded the Children's Reading Round Table Award, 1966-67, "for outstanding service by an author over a long period of time."[5] After her death, Elementary English hailed Aldis as the "Poet Laureate of Young Children."[3]



  • Murder in a Haystack. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1931.
  • Their Own Apartment. New York: Putnam, 1935.
  • Time at Her Heels. Boston: Houghton, 1937.



  • Everything and Anything. London: Medici Society, 1929; New York: Minton, Balch, 1936.
  • 7 to 7 ABC. New York: Minton, Balch, 1931.
  • Any Spring.New York: Minton, Balch, 1933.
  • Here, There, and Everywhere. New York: Minton, Balch, 1936.
  • Hop, Skip, and Jump. New York: Minton, Balch, 1937.
  • All the Year Round. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1938.
  • Before Things Happen (illustrated by Margaret Freeman). New York: Putnam, 1939.
  • All Together: A child's treasury of verse. New York: Putnam, 1952.
  • The Seecret Plaes, and uther poeemz. New York: Scholastic, 1965.
  • Looking In, and other poems. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1968.
  • Favorite Poems of Dorothy Aldis (illustrated by Jack Lerman). New York: Putnam, 1974.


  • Sqiggles; or, The little red cape. New York: Minton, Balch, 1930.
  • The Magic City: John and Jane at the World's Fair. New York: Minton, Balch, 1933.
  • Poor Susan. New York: Putnam, 1942.
  • Lucky Year. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1951.
  • Jane's Father. New York: Putnam, 1954.
  • The Boy Who Cared (illustrated by Charles Geer). New York: Putnam, 1956.
  • Cindy. New York: Putnam, 1959.
  • Hello Day. New York: Putnam, 1959.
  • Quick as a Wink (illustrated by Peggy Westphal). New York: Putnam, 1960.
  • The Secret Place. New York: Scholastic, 1962.
  • Is Anybody Hungry? (illustrated by Artur Marokvia). New York: Putname, 1964.
  • Dumb Stupid David. New York: Putnam, 1965.
  • Hiding (illustrated by Heather Collins). Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1993; New York: Viking, 1994.


  • Riding the Wild Waves: A true story of adventure. New York: Putnam, 1957.
  • Nothing is Impossible: The Story of Beatrix Potter. Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1969.

Hiding! by Dorothy Keeley Aldis

Hiding! by Dorothy Keeley Aldis

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. A Short Biography of Dorothy Keeley Aldis, Hub Pages. Web, Mar. 16, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dorothy Keeley Aldis 1896-1966, Poetry Foundation, Web, Feb. 19, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dorothy Keeley Aldis, AllPoetry, Social Design, Web, Feb. 19, 2012.
  4. Birthday bios: Dorothy Keely Aldis, Children's Literature Network, Mar. 3, Web, Feb. 19, 2012.
  5. Dorothy Keeley Aldis biography, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Thomson Gale, 2005-2006,, Web, Feb. 19, 2012.
  6. Search results = au:Dorothy Aldis, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. 16, 2014.

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