Starry Kalahari

Deep in the Kalahari Desert, beneath the starry still of night, nocturnal creatures awake and begin their evening escapades. This story guides the reader through a journey of poetry, facts and fascination from the deepest of night, to the first glint of dawn in the beautiful setting of Africa.

Starry Kalahari is an ward-winning 275-word nonfiction picture book manuscript.

Starry Kalahari Wins Again

WOW!!! STARRY KALAHARI WON the 2012 SCBWI Promising Picture Book Award!!! Thank you to Rubin Pfeffer for nominating my manuscript and a HUGE thank you to SCBWI!

"Selected from manuscripts submitted for individual critique at the SCBWI Annual Conference in Los Angeles, the Promising Picture Book Award is given to a picture book manuscript deemed most promising for publication. Critiquers at the Los Angeles conference nominate the finalists. A three-member panel of writers make the final selection after the conference. The winner receives $500 to help them finish their manuscript and submit it to publishers."

Expert Review of Starry Kalahari ~ "Wonderful!"

I contacted Professor Simon Bearder at Oxford Brookes University in the UK who is one of the worlds leading authorities on nocturnal primates.  I asked if he would mind reviewing Starry Kalahari for accuracy and he graciously agreed. I can't thank him enough for his review:

"You have clearly researched each species and it all seems quite accurate. I look forward to seeing the finished product. It evokes a feeling of the night in the Kalahari - wonderful!" 
~ Simon K. Bearder, BSc MSc PhD ~

SCBWI Barbara Karlin Grant

I just found out that Starry Kalahari won the SCBWI 2010 Barbara Karlin Runner-Up Grant. What an honor! Thank you to the SCBWI Barbara Karlin Grant Committee and a special thanks to Ann Whitford Paul for making the Runner-Up Grant possible.

Starry Kalahari wins First Place

Jenni's manuscript, Starry Kalahari won the nonfiction category at the SCBWI-LA Writers Day.