The Draw a Bird Day was created to honor the memory of Dorie Cooper. During World War II, she cheered up soldiers by encouraging them to draw birds. Soon the walls of the sick ward were covered with bird pictures. When ten-year old Dorie died in 1946, her coffin was covered with drawings from soldiers, nurses and doctors. To remember her life and inspiration, Draw A Bird Day asks people to simply draw a bird and share it with someone on April 8. Because April 8 falls on Easter this year, we are encouraging parents and teachers to do the Draw a Bird activities the week before or after.Wildlife artist and illustrator of Wisdom, the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and Other Disasters for Over 60 Years, Kitty Harvill is offering a series of printable coloring sheets for you to participate. CLICK HERE to download up to three images. You can add a landscape for a soaring bird, add a bird flying over a tsunami wave, or complete a bird using a photo reference. To share, post pictures online, then email the location to the author, Darcy Pattison, at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will PIN all submissions to http://pinterest.com/darcypattison/draw-a-bird-day-april-8-2012/.
I think this is a lovely thing to do.