Saturday Story & Sketch

Saturday Story & Sketch is a free program offered by Des Moines Performing Arts as part of their Cowles Commons Community Event series. Each week there will be children’s books read aloud by volunteers from Drake Theatre People and art activities provided by a different art organization each week.This is the perfect event for children and the entire family. Spend the morning reading and getting creative while supporting local businesses and organizations.

Saturday Story & Sketch is held 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, September 23 – Saturday, October 28

Address: 313 Walnut Street, Des Moines

Take a look at the details for each week below:

Saturday, September 23

Great Adventures 

Sketch Partner: DSM Girl Gang 

  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • Curious George by H.A. Rey
  • Curious George Discovers Space by Monica Perez
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
  • Around the World on Eighty Legs by Amy Gibson
  • Oh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  • Tiny’s Big Adventure by Martin Waddell
  • Dinah! A Cat Adventure by Kae Nishimura

Saturday, September 30

Fields of Opportunity 

Sketch Partner: Portrait Studio

  • The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone
  • H is for Hawkere by Patricia A. Pierce
  • Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • The Pig Tale by Helen Oxenbury
  • Farm by Elisha Cooper
  • Are you a Cow? By Sandra Boynton
  • Cowy Cow by Chris Raschka
  • Love is All Around Iowa by Wendi Silvano
  • Click, Clack Moo Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

Saturday, October 7

Imagination 

Sketch Partner: Portrait Studio 

  • Herald and the Purple Crayon
  • Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Frederick by Leo Lionni
  • Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds
  • The Power of Henry’s Imagination by Skye Byrne
  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • The Day the Crayon’s Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Saturday, October 14

Build & Sculpt 

Sketch Partner: Des Moines Art Center

  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
  • If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen
  • Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
  • Whose Hands are These? By Miranda Paul
  • Sandy’s Circus: A Story about Alexander Calder by Tanya Lee Stone
  • Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey
  • Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
  • The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale by Steven Guarnaccia

Saturday, October 21

Eric Carle 

Sketch Partner: After School Arts Program (ASAP)

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Little Cloud
  • Friends
  • Mister Seahorse
  • Pancakes, Pancakes!
  • The Mixed-Up Chameleon
  • The Very Busy Spider
  • Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
  • Do you want to be my Friend?

Saturday. October 28

Spooky Tales 

Sketch Partner: TBD 

  • If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley
  • Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  • Too many Pumpkins by Megan Lloyd
  • Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
  • Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
  • Monster Trouble! by Lane Fredrickson
  • Monster Mess! by Margery Cuyler
  • Monster Goose by Judy Sierra
  • No Zombies Allowed by Matt Novak
  • The Vampire Bunny by James Howe

Events are also listed on our event calendar

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