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I love Grab A Partner and Grab Another Partner books of partner songs by Sally Albrecht and Jay Althouse. My upper-elementary choir eat up the arrangements. My only complaint is that they’re short – avg 2 minutes each – so I would have my pianist vamp and repeat a section on “la” – typical fillers. I would also recommend folk songs – Sail Away is one anthology. Also grab MENC’s books of Get America Singing and Get America Singing… Again! Have the kids sing ostinati, sing once through then clap on 2 and 4, sing sections on “la” and other such extenders. Folk songs are important for kids to learn because they are historical. Good Luck!