Aimée Sommerfelt, née Dedichen, was born in Oslo, Norway (then known as Kristiania), the daughter of Henrik Dedichen, a well-known psychiatrist, and his wife Antoinette. After studying in Paris, she became an authorized French translator. In 1919, she married Alf Sommerfelt, a linguist and professor, and accompanied him on trips worldwide. She began writing children's books and made her debut with the novel Stopp tyven! (Stop, Thief!) in 1934. For 30 years she wrote a regular column in the magazine Alle kvinners (All Women), in which she gave advice about parenting and children. Her books were highly popular and successful. She was most famous for her 1959 work, The Road to Agra, which became an international bestseller. It was translated into English and was her first book to be published in the USA, where it won the Jane Addams Children's Book Award.