Rush Limbaugh has been named "Author of the Year" by the Children’s Choice Book Awards for his story about a fearless history teacher who travels back in time with his talking horse and experiences American history as it unfolds, NPR reports.
And his victory was democracy in action: Children voted "Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans"
the No. 1 kids book in the country.
"I love America. I wish everybody did. I hope everybody will," Limbaugh said in accepting the award, about 56 minutes into a video
of the ceremony.
"It's one of the most fascinating stories in human history... and it's a delight and it's an opportunity to try to share that story with young people so they can grow and learn to love and appreciate the country in which they're growing up and will someday run and lead and inherit."
The book is one of two in what will be a series about intrepid middle school teacher Rush Revere and his talking horse, Liberty.
The other book already out is "Rush Revere and the First Patriots."
Both are published by Simon & Schuster and in March, much to the conservative radio host’s delight, they each landed on the New York Times Best Seller List.
"How about that, Stick-to-the-Issues Crowd? We're gonna have two books in the New York Times Best-Seller List at the same time at slots one and four," he said
at the time.
Limbaugh opponents were outraged after his book was nominated, and the Children’s Book Council posted a letter
addressing the criticism, essentially explaining that, for now, kids make the decision.
"Some of you have voiced concerns over the selection of finalists from bestseller lists, which you feel are potentially-manipulable indications of the success of a title. We can take this into consideration going forward, but cannot change our procedure for selecting finalists after the fact," the CBC wrote.
"Ultimately, kids and teens (over one million of them if as many vote this year as did last year) will decide who wins."
And they did.
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