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A Story, a Story: An African Tale book cover
Author:  Gail Haley
Title:  A Story, a Story: An African Tale

Recounts how most African folk tales came to be called "Spider Stories".
c1970 - HUMOROUS

 

I Am the Dog, I Am the Cat book cover
Author:  Donald Hall
Title:  I Am the Dog, I Am the Cat

A dog and a cat take turns explaining what is wonderful about being who they are.
c1994 - DUO

 

Patriots in Disguise: Women Warriors of the Civil War book cover
Author:  Richard Hall
Title:  Patriots in Disguise: Women Warriors of the Civil War

A long adult book about independent women, and women who dressed up as men and fought in the Civil War. One will need to edit extensively to obtain a 3-5 minute serious solo, but it will be interesting and different. For older children, book may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan.
c1993 - SERIOUS SOLO

 

Her Stories: African American Folktales book cover
Author:  Virginia Hamilton
Title:  Her Stories: African American Folktales

Afro-American folklore
c1995 - SERIOUS, VARIETY

 

Many Thousand Gone: African-Americans from Slavery to Freedom book cover
Author:  Virginia Hamilton
Title:  Many Thousand Gone: African-Americans from Slavery to Freedom

Recounts journeys of Black slaves on the underground railroad.
c1993 - SERIOUS

 

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales book cover
Author:  Virginia Hamilton
Title:  The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales

Afro-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the supernatural and desire for freedom.
c1985 - VARIETY

 

Willie Bea and the Time the Martians Landed book cover
Author:  Virginia Hamilton
Title:  Willie Bea and the Time the Martians Landed

In October 1938, on their farm homestead in Ohio, a black family is caught up in the fear generated by the Orson Welles "Martians have landed" broadcast.
c1983 - HUMOROUS

 

The Bed Just So book cover
Author:  Jeanne Hardendorff
Title:  The Bed Just So

A tailor gets no sleep until he finds a comfortable bed for a hudgin that comes to live with him.
c1975 - HUMOROUS, VERSE CHOIR

 

Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story book cover
Author:  Bill Harley
Title:  Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story

Dirty Joe and his crew sail in search of dirty socks, but meet their match when they encounter Stinky Annie who flies boxer shorts on her pirate ship.
c2008 - Verse choir, humorous duo, humorous solo

 

Farmers’ Garden: Rhymes for Two Voices book cover
Author:  David Harrison
Title:  Farmers’ Garden: Rhymes for Two Voices

A dog asks plants and animals exactly what they do in the garden. This book is perfect for reading aloud with two voices.
c2000 - Duo

 

 
Author:  Dennis Haseley
Title:  The Old Banjo

A hardworking farmer and his son succumb to the enchantment of some very special musical instruments that have been abandoned on their farm.
c1983 - SERIOUS

 

Some Things Are Scary book cover
Author:  Florence Parry Heide
Title:  Some Things Are Scary

A list of scary things includes “brushing your teeth with something you thought was toothpaste but it isn’t, is scary” and “knowing you’re going to grow up to be a grownup is scary”.
c2000 - HUMOROUS

 

Tales for the Perfect Child book cover
Author:  Florence Parry Heide
Title:  Tales for the Perfect Child

Vignettes of children whose less than desirable behavior is masked in insidious but acceptable ways.
c1985 - HUMOROUS

 

 
Author:  Ruth Heinig
Title:  Creative Dramatics for the Classroom Teacher

A step-by-step approach to creative dramatics
c1974 - VARIETY

 

Julius, the Baby of the World book cover
Author:  Kevin Henkes
Title:  Julius, the Baby of the World

Lilly's convinced the arrival of her new baby brother is the worst thing that's happened until Cousin Garland comes to visit.
c1989 - HUMOROUS

 

Letters from Rifka book cover
Author:  Karen Hesse
Title:  Letters from Rifka

In her letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family's flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America.
c1992 - SERIOUS

 

A House is a House for Me book cover
Author:  Mary Ann Hoberman
Title:  A House is a House for Me

Lists in rhyme the dwellings of various animals and things.
c1978 - HUMOROUS, VERSE CHOIR

 

 
Author:  Margaret Hodges
Title:  Fire Bringer

A Paiute Indian legend. Indian boy and coyote risk the wrath of the Fire Spirits to bring the first fire to men.
c1972 - SERIOUS

 

St. George and the Dragon: A Golden Legend book cover
Author:  Margaret Hodges
Title:  St. George and the Dragon: A Golden Legend

Retells the segment from Spencer's The Fairie Queen, in which George slays the dreadful dragon that's been terrorizing the countryside.
c1984 - SERIOUS

 

 
Author:  Susan Ramsay Hoguet
Title:  I Unpacked My Grandmother's Trunk

From Grandmother's trunk are taken objects beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
c1983 - HUMOROUS, VERSE CHOIR

 

 
Author:  Laurel Holliday
Title:  Children in the Holocaust and World War II: Their Secret Diaries

Anthology of the diaries children wrote during World War II and the Holocaust.
c1995 - SERIOUS SOLO

 

A Stormy Ride on Noah's Ark book cover
Author:  Patricia Hooper
Title:  A Stormy Ride on Noah’s Ark

Wondering how they can get to sleep aboard Noah’s Ark, the different animals learn that they must trust each other.
c2001 - VERSE CHOIR

 

We Were There, Too!: Young People in US History book cover
Author:  Phillip M. Hoose
Title:  We Were There, Too!: Young People in US History

Children and teens played a part in history, too.  This book describes important events in history from their perspective.
c2001 - Serious solo

 

Arachne Speaks book cover
Author:  Kate Hovey
Title:  Arachne Speaks

A poem about rebellious, teenage Arachne, who challenged the goddess Athena to a weaving contest and was changed into a spider.
c2000 - VERSE CHOIR or SERIOUS DUO

 

 
Author:  Vernon Howard
Title:  Complete Book of Children's Theater

Contains monologues, skits and one-act plays.
c1969 - VARIETY

 

Dream Keeper, and Other Poems book cover
Author:  Langston Hughes
Title:  Dream Keeper, and Other Poems

66 poems: lyrical, songs, and blues for children.
c1932 - SERIOUS

 

The Book of Bad Ideas book cover
Author:  Laura Huliska-Beith
Title:  The Book of Bad Ideas

A series of humorous bad ideas and their consequences, for example: keeping your glue stick and lip balm in the same pocket.
c2000 - HUMOROUS DUO or SOLO

 

Across Five Aprils book cover
Author:  Irene Hunt
Title:  Across Five Aprils

U.S. Civil War fiction
c1964 - SERIOUS

 

 
Author:  Warwick Hutton
Title:  The Nose Tree

Because of their kindness to a small, ugly man who comes to their forest campfire one night, three down-on-their-luck soldiers are each rewarded by a special gift.
c1981 - VARIETY

 
   
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