Pioneer in early childhood education, teacher, writer. Born– May 13, 1874, Tuscumbia. Parents– Alabama Governor Robert Burns and Sarah Miller (Winston) Lindsay. Education– Deshler Female Institute, Tuscumbia; kindergarten training under Mrs. Jeanne Pettett Cooper, who conducted a private kindergarten in her home. Taught at a private kindergarten in Tuscumbia for 2 years; founded the Florence Free Kindergarten in 1898 and served as teacher and principal until her retirement in 1941, except for 2 1/2 years, one of which she was a resident of Elizabeth Peabody Settlement House in Boston.  Served on the faculty, New York University, Kindergarten Department, summers, 1906-1910. Lectured all over the country. President, Sheffield, Ala. Free Kindergarten Association. Member– Conclave of Alabama Writers; Blue Pencil Club; Birmingham League of American Penwomen. Died May 30, 1941.


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The Amazing Adventures of Ali. Boston; Lothrop, 1931.

Bobby and the Big Road. Boston; Lothrop, 1920.

The Choosing Book. Boston; Lothrop, 1928.

Fun on Children’s Street. Boston; Lothrop, 1941.

Jock Barefoot. Boston; Lothrop, 1939.

Little Missy. Boston; Lee & Shepherd, 1922.

More Mother Stories. Springfield, Mass.; Milton Bradley, 1905.

Mother Stories. Springfield, Mass.; Milton Bradley, 1912.

Posey and the Peddler. Boston; Lothrop, 1936.

Silverfoot. Boston; Lothrop, 1924.

Songs for Alabama. Sheffield, Ala.; Blue Pencil Club of the Muscle Shoals District, 1900.

The Story Garden for Little Children. Boston; Lothrop, 1913.

The Storyland Tree. Boston; Lothrop, 1933.

The Story-Teller. Boston; Lothrop, 1915.

The Toy Shop. Boston; Lothrop, 1926.


The Joyous Guests. Boston; Lothrop, 1921.

The Joyous Travelers. Boston; Lothrop, 1919.


“The First Christmas Morning” in Christmas Plays. Boston; Pilgrim, 1927.