By Bill Zimmerman, Creator,

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 your choice of the four 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.




The fourth book is Write What You Know: An interactive book where you and I share all the important things we know in life. There comes a time in life when you want to reflect on and recount what you have learned from your life's experiences. This interactive book, with its many writing prompts, helps you do that – whether you're a young or an older person. By writing in it you are performing what might be considered a sacred act and this book becomes your personal bible about you and your life. You will be both amazed and proud of all that you have learned in life.

This book of your written thoughts and personal truths will give you something substantial to hold onto when life buffets you with its unexpected shocks, such as illness or loss. It will give you a core of strength that you can return to, to nourish you from time to time. And, if you are a teacher, this book will provide you and your students with countless ideas for writing and self-expression. If you're a parent, grandparent or guardian, It also becomes your book of wisdom which you can share with the children in your life.

The book is formatted as an interactive digital journal. It will allow you to write directly on your screen into the areas with lines on each of the book's pages. When you are done typing, simply save the document until the next time you are inspired to make new entries.

If you like the ideas expressed in this section please share them with other parents and groups you belong to.