Family Program | Drag Story Hour, Session 2

Celebrate Pride Month with Cooper Hewitt! At this Drag Story Hour, a storyteller will read picture books about self-expression, and get you singing and moving to your own beat. Visit the exhibition An Atlas of Es Devlin and explore artist and designer Es Devlin’s set creations, which help some of the biggest performers in the world convey who they are to audiences. Then, consider: How would you express your larger-than-life self on stage? Inspired by storyteller Lori Lu, create a portrait of yourself exactly how you want to be seen and turn it into a set for your own pop star alter ego! This fun and fabulous program will celebrate all forms of difference and give you confidence to express yourself. Dress up, dress comfortably, or dress as you are every day.


Lori Lu is a Mexican Drag Queen and singer based in NYC who is committed to educating families and children about gender and family diversity. She started the first Drag Queen Story Hour in Mexico and organized more chapters throughout the rest of Mexico. Now Lori Lu works as a storyteller in NYC. She also leads DSH bilingual readings and works performing throughout New York City in and out of drag.

Book List:
Red: A Crayon’s Story, by Michael Hall
Thelma the Unicorn, by Aaron Blabey
I Am Famous, by Tara Luebbe
I Got the Rhythm, by Connie Schofield-Morrison and Frank Morrison
Just Add Glitter, by Angela DiTerlizzi
Julian is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love
Mary Had a Little Glam, by Tammi Sauer
Not Quite Snow White, by Ashley Franklin
Oglivy, by Deborah Underwood
From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, by Kai Cheng Thom


Session 2: Storytelling in Process Lab/Library 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET. Hands-on Activity in Design Studio, 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Program Length: 45 min. for the story time. Afterwards, stay for as long or as little as you like for a hands-on design activity.
  • Interactivity Level: Medium
  • Intended Audience: Youth ages 5-12 with their adult guardian/family. Family Programs are designed for youth and their adult guardian/caregivers. Adults must stay with their youth during the activity and are encouraged to participate.
  • This program includes museum admission.


  • Location: This program will take place in person in the Process Lab/Library and the Design Studio at Cooper Hewitt (2 East 91st Street, New York, NY). The Process Lab/Library is located on the main floor and is fully wheelchair accessible. The Design Studio is on the ground floor of the museum and is fully wheelchair accessible. There is an accessible restroom on the ground floor. Read more about accessibility at Cooper Hewitt.
  • What to Expect: The story hour will encourage singing and movement. The hands-on design workshop will include drawing, cutting, and gluing actions.
  • Accommodations:  For general questions, or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at or let us know when registering. Please make your accommodation request as far in advance as possible—preferably at least one week before the program date when possible.

Special Thanks

Design learning at Cooper Hewitt is made possible by eBay Inc., The Hirsch Family Foundation, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, PwC Charitable Foundation, The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, with internal Smithsonian Institution funds from the Youth Access Grants for Youth Innovation in Rural America, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.