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Denise Rosario Adusei

Denise Rosario Adusei


Denise Rosario Adusei is the founding director of Peartree Preschool in Harlem, New York. Her direct experience with educators and children inspires her to write picture book stories that tap into universal preschool- and early-childhood experiences that also educate, and naturalistically represent the diversity she sees at her school and in her community. She earned her BA from Brown University and a master’s from Columbia University. Denise is Cape Verdean, born in Brazil and raised in New England. She speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and Cape Verdean Creole. Her experiences and culture often slip into her stories.

Denise Rosario Adusei is working with Janet Wong.

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