Adam and Ava Trade Places by Betty Collier is Recognized as a Finalist in International Book Awards Contest

Filled with valuable lessons for both children and adults alike, Betty Collier’s Adam and Ava Trade Places is an empowering children’s picture book that promotes honesty, self-awareness and good morals. The book was recognized for its outstanding writing, design and overall market appeal out of thousands of books submitted into the Book Excellence Awards.

Betty Collier is a 9x bestselling, 7x award-winning author. She writes with a passion and purpose—to bring honor and glory to God.Betty writes inspirational non-fiction, Christian fiction, and children’s books that teach life lessons through the eyes of six-year-old twins, Adam and Ava.

A gifted storyteller, Betty is known for captivating readers right from the start, holding their attention with magnetic characters that go through deep, emotional journeys. Readers will find themselves inspired, hoping for the best, and dreaming about the characters as if they were members of their own family.On a personal note, Betty is married to William Collier, the absolute love of her life, whom she first met in middle school. They are the proud parents of two sons and a daughter-in-love, all of whom reside in Shelby County, TN.

This one-on-one interview shares Betty’s background and experience writing Adam and Ava Trade Places.

Tell us about Adam and Ava Trade Places.

Six-year-old Ava’s silly question to her twin brother, Adam, reveals a not-so-well thought out plan: “Adam, wouldn’t it be fun to trade places and trick Mommy?

How can a boy and girl swap places and expect things not to go badly?

Join Adam and Ava in an exciting adventure at school as they discover what happens when they pretend to be someone they are not.

Beautifully illustrated by Cassandra Harris with valuable life lessons for both children and adults, the book highlights that no matter how hard kids try to be something they’re not, their parents always know them for who they truly are. It’s about children discovering their true selves and what lies within them. It’s a priceless lesson even adults need to ponder.

What inspired you to write Adam and Ava Trade Places?

Today, children are inundated with misinformation meant to distract them and spread untruths. I created this book series to be a safe place for children to enjoy the innocence of childhood, while tackling hot topics they are constantly being bombarded with.

While this book’s sensitive subject matter may not be the easiest to discuss, I was inspired to write it from the perspective of two first graders, so kids could relate to the underlying message while still being entertained and enlightened with my gift of storytelling.

I hope this book, as with the others in the Adam and Ava series, acts as a source of encouragement parents can use to discuss sensitive topics and help their children learn and grow. At the end of the day, there is only one truth, and my desire is for this book to empower both children and adults to discover that truth.

How did you feel when you found out you received a Book Excellence Award?

I was absolutely thrilled! Adam and Ava Trade Places was the first children’s book I wrote, so although I’ve received numerous awards for my adult books, being recognized in this genre exceeded my wildest expectations.

Receiving a Book Excellence Award not only validated what I hoped to accomplish with this book, it has also opened doors for me to share the message of the book on a wider scale, with an even larger audience.

How did your background and experience influence your writing?

I tell people that I am a nurse by profession, author by passion, and storyteller by the grace of God.

I first began writing inspirational nonfiction adult books in 2009, which is the basis for crossing over to children’s inspirational books. I discovered with my adult books that if my goal is to inspire and encourage readers, I can do that whether the book is nonfiction or fiction.There is something so magical about creating a fictional story that is so believable that readers get to know the characters on a personal level, as if they are part of their own family. I’ve been able to crossover from adult books to children’s books using that same logic, but on a level children can understand and appreciate as well.

What is one message you would like readers to remember?

My goal is to help children, as well as adults, tackle hot topics in a responsible manner based on truth, values, honor, and morals—attributes that seem to be sorely lacking in our world today.

Ultimately, the key takeaway is simple and can be likened to a very popular bible verse, Proverbs 22:6. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Purchasing the Book

Adam and Ava Trade Places has received positive reviews from well-known literary organizations, authors, and reviewers around the world. Book Excellence writes, “An original story with a powerful message, Adam and Ava Trade Places follows two inquisitive first graders on a relatable adventure at school. Filled with valuable morals and life lessons, the book is sure to delight and entertain.” In addition, Reader’s Favorite writes, “This book should be available in libraries, schools, and on kids’ bookshelves to be read over and again.

The book is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online bookstores. Readers are encouraged to purchase their copy today:

Readers, parents, educators and book clubs are encouraged to visit Betty’s website to receive updates on author visits and new book releases: You can also connect with her on social media on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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