Kemp has been involved in the lives of children as a teacher and a storyteller for many years.  He taught Kindergarten in Newton, MA for 38 years before semi-retiring.

On April 6th, 2017 Kemp joined storytellers in the Boston area at the Massmouth WGBH Storytelling series. The theme of the evening was "Oops".

Westwood storytelling (1)He brings his teaching skills as well as a background in music and theater to his performances. He has performed at storytelling festivals, concerts, libraries and schools. Incorporating music, movement and expression makes the oral tradition of “telling” exciting and relevant in so many ways. Audience participation and interaction are hallmarks of his performances.

Kemp’s repertoire includes African folk tales, original stories and familiar stories in literature. He has presented to pre-school to family concerts and every age in between. Shows are tailored to each audience and age group. Kemp published his first children’s book/song “Snow”, and continues to create new stories for his listening audience.

Storytelling Program Testimonials

Past Storytelling Venues

Smith School - Reading, MA
Barrows School - Reading, MA
Ward School - Newton, MA
Lesley Ellis School - Arlington, MA
Friends School - Arlington, MA
Pierce School - Arlington, MA
Bowen School - Newton, MA
Memorial-Spaulding School - Newton, MA
Bishop School - Arlington, MA
Stapleton School - Framingham, MA
Miriam McCarthy School - Framingham, MA
Peabody School - Cambridge, MA
Hartwell/Smith Schools - Lincoln, MA
Deerfield School - Westwood, MA
Fisher School - Walpole, MA
Great Expectations - Arlington, MA
Lincoln-Elliot School - Newton, MA
St. Anne's Home - Methuen, MA


  • Massmouth WGBH Storytelling Series
  • Moses Brown Book Fair - Providence, RI
  • A Tapestry of Tales Storytelling Festival - Winchester, MA 1997/1998
  • Doggone Storytellers Festival - Chester CT 1997
  • Three Apples Storytelling Festival - Harvard, MA 1995/1996
  • Borders Books - Natick, MA/Cranston, RI
  • Lextended Day After care Program - Lexington, MA (resident storyteller)
  • Arlington Boys And urls Club - Arlington, MA
  • Star Island All Star 1 Conference - Portsmouth, NH
  • Images of a Culture - Palo Alto, CA
  • Newton Public Library - Newton, MA
  • Robbins Public Library - Arlington, MA
  • WMBR Radio interview/storytelling - Boston, MA
  • Camp Sewataro - Sudbury, MA
  • Camp Schodack - Nassau, NY

Educational Workshop Presentations:

  • Lesley College Summer Literacy Institute - Cambridge, MA
  • BAEYC Conference/Emmanuel College - Boston, MA
  • Children's Museum - Boston, MA
  • Wang Center/Young At Arts - Boston, MA

Storytelling Songs



Narrated Stories


Words by Kemp Harris, Music by Scotty Vercoe

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