Draw a Bird Day: April 8

Draw a Bird Day demonstrates the power of healing that can be found in the drawing of a bird.

A Story of Cheer Amidst the Gloom of War

As the story goes, in 1943 during World War II, Dorie Cooper was a seven-year-old living in England. Her mother often went to care for soldiers wounded in battle. One day, her mother took Dorrie to see her uncle, who had lost his right leg to a land mine. Dorie was sad for her uncle and especially sad because her uncle was so upset.

To cheer him up, she asked, “Draw a bird for me, please.”

Looking out his window, the uncle saw a robin and drew it. Dorie was so pleased that she hung it in her room. Other wounded soldiers decided to draw bird pictures for Dorie. Soon walls of the hospital were covered with bird drawings. Dorie’s simple request cheered men during gloomy times.

Sadly, in 1946, Dorie was killed in a car accident. At her funeral, bird pictures from soldiers and nurses covered her coffin. Since then, Draw a Bird Day has been celebrated on April 8, Dorie’s birthday. For more, see the Draw a Bird Day website or Facebook group. See some of the 2016 bird drawings here.

Draw a Bird day has simple guidelines

  1. Draw a bird.
  2. Share it with someone you love.

Get started with Draw a Bird Day

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If kids need a start, you can download the following “uncoloring” pages.

Wildlife artist, Kitty Harvill is offering a series of black and white, printable creative coloring pages for students. As the artist for Wisdom, the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and Other Disasters for over 60 Years, Harvill is well-versed in bird art. The three creative coloring pages include a set-up for students:

Complete the Albatross Un-coloring Page by Kitty Harvill for Draw a Bird Day | MimsHouse.com
Complete the Albatross Un-coloring Page by Kitty Harvill | MimsHouse.com


Download the pdf file.

  • Add a landscape for a soaring bird
  • Add a bird flying over a tsunami wave
  • Complete a drawing of a bird using a photo reference.

Draw a Bird Day with Illustrator Kitty Harvill

Kitty Harvill is the amazing wildlife artist for the book, WISDOM, THE MIDWAY ALBATROSS. Learn more about her here and see more artwork. She has graciously let us post some of her recent bird images.

Blue-Throated Macaw by Kitty Harvill c. 2016 for Draw a Bird Day | MimsHouse.com
Blue-Throated Macaw by Kitty Harvill c. 2016 | MimsHouse.com


Little Blue Patriot by Kitty Harvill c. 2016 for Draw a Bird Day | MimsHouse.com
Little Blue Patriot II by Kitty Harvill c. 2016 | MimsHouse.com


Kitty Harvill c. 2016 for Draw a Bird Day | MimsHouse.com
Kitty Harvill c. 2016 | MimsHouse.com


Art by Kitty Harvill c. 2016 for Draw a Bird Day | MimsHouse.com
Art by Kitty Harvill c. 2016 | MimsHouse.com


Sira Curassow, critically endangered bird. Art by Kitty Harvill c. 2016 | MimsHouse.com
Sira Curassow, critically endangered bird. Art by Kitty Harvill c. 2016 for Draw a Bird Day | MimsHouse.com