Emilie Poulsson

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Anne Emilie Poulsson (September 8, 1853 – March 18, 1939) was an American children's author and campaigner for early childhood education and the kindergarten movement.[1]

Poulsson was born in Cedar Grove, New Jersey . She was the daughter of Halvor Poulsson and Ruth Anne Poulsson (née Mitchell). Her father, who was an immigrant from Norway, died when she was still young. From the age six months, she developed a serious eye condition resulting in visual impairment, which would eventually render her blind. She was taught to read at home and started at a public school at the age of eight, going on to high school at twelve.[2] She learned braille at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. She later taught and lectured in Boston, Massachusetts. Poulsson was an advocate of the educationalist Friedrich Fröbel. She wrote and gave lectures on parenting, as well as writing books for children. She made a number of trips to Norway and together with her sister Laura E. Poulsson, translated the works of others authors from the Norwegian language. [3]

One of her poems from Rhyme Time for Children is sometimes quoted in support of literacy campaigns:



  1. ^ Anna Gardner Fish. "Anne Emilie Poulsson, a Friend to Little Children". The Lantern by Perkins Institution. Retrieved April 25, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Anne Emilie Poulsson 1853–1939". Childhood Education. 15: 419. 1939. doi:10.1080/00094056.1939.10724371.
  3. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Volume X, J. T. White Company, 1900 (p.463). Accessed January 2, 2016
  4. ^ Goodreads - Emilie Poulsson - Quotes
  5. ^ Open Library - Emilie Poulsson: 1853 - 1939

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