By Bill Zimmerman, Creator, MakeBeliefsComix.com

Every parent or adult should consider passing down to a beloved child a written legacy, or letters, focusing on all the important things which they have learned in their lives. Such legacy letters strengthen that child’s ability to survive in life and deal with all the good and bad things to be experienced in years to come. These legacy letters might include family values, lessons learned, memories, and hopes or dreams for that child. Such legacy notes also convey the wisdom that a parent or relative has acquired and which would be helpful for a child to know.

To help you compose your own legacy letters, you can click on the three book covers found on this page. The first is for my book, Laptop Letters: Sending Wise & Loving Messages to Young People in Your Life. It offers many ideas and subjects about the types of things which you might want to include in writing legacy letters or notes to children. These include finding happiness, making the world better, deciding what is really important in life. The book also features sample letters and notes to inspire writers.

The second book is Hummingbird Joy: A Book of All the Things That Make You Happy. Its word prompts encourage you to write about all the good things in your life that are worth remembering and which have given you joy. Writing and reading about your happy memories are bound to make both you and a young person you are close to very happy. Other prompts help you recall the different things in your life for which you are grateful, something a child also needs to read. Think how wonderful it might be for you and the child you love to fill in the digital book's pages together on your computer, save them and come back to read or write more later. Or, if you complete the book yourself, you can then e-mail the completed e-book to a child. Think what a precious gift this would make.

The third book is Words I Wish Someone Had Said to Me As a Kid. This is a book of encouraging words to help young people as they make their way in the world -- every girl and boy needs to hear such words. This book will inspire parents to write their own words to a young person in their life.

If you're a young person reading this book, think of each page as a personal letter of caring words from the author, Bill Zimmerman, to you, like the ones an older friend or relative might say to you. If you are a parent or teacher, you may find some of the thoughts offered echo what you may have said to a child in your life, or perhaps they will give you new ideas for future personal messages. You can also read and discuss the book's thoughts with a child.

The words in this book are the ones that the author has said or written to young people he knows or has worked with as a teacher. It is his hope that children will turn to the book whenever they need a good word or when they are feeling lonely or unsure.

Enjoy this wonderful experience of sharing what you know and love!

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