A Short Biography of Dorothy Keeley Aldis

Everything and Anything, by Dorothy Aldis
Everything and Anything, by Dorothy Aldis | Source
Dorothy Keeley Aldis, 1896-1966
Dorothy Keeley Aldis, 1896-1966 | Source

An award-winning author of books for children, Dorothy Keeley Aldis was born in Chicago, Illinois in the spring of 1896, on March 13th, to be exact. Her father was the managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, James Keeley. Dorothy attended a private school in Chicago as well as Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, before enrolling at Smith College. 

In 1922, she married real estate executive Graham Aldis. They lived at 100 Chicago Avenue and had four children. By the time her second child was born, she had published her first book, Everything and Anything. It was a collection of poems for children, including some with fanciful titles like “The Naughty Soap Song” and “Radiator Lions”.

Naughty Soap Song

Just when I'm ready to
Start on my ears,
This is the time that my
Soap disappears.

It jumps from my fingers and
Slithers and slides
Down to the end of the
Tub, where it hides.

And acts in a most disobedient way
And THAT'S WHY MY SOAP'S GROWING
THINNER EACH DAY!

~Dorothy Aldis~

By the late 1920s, seventeen verses from this first book had been set to music and published. Her short stories, biographies and poetry were published in numerous magazines such as Harper’s, the New Yorker and Ladies’ Home Journal as well as in book form throughout the next forty-odd years. She eventually published 29 books and countless articles, stories and poems. In 1966, when she was 69 years old, she was awarded the Children’s Reading Round Table Award.

Mrs. Aldis passed away later that same year, on the 4th of July. She was survived by her children, eight grandchildren, one sister and legions of children who grew up reciting her delightful rhymes.

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jgiecek 4 years ago

I had a whole different vision of what the title Naughty Soap Song was going to be about!! ~Laughing~

Great piece, thanks for sharing!


Elsie Rossiter 2 years ago

Is the poem/song copywritten?

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