Rush Limbaugh selection in children’s book competition causes a stir
March 20th, 2014
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Rush Limbaugh selection in children’s book competition causes a stir

(CNN) - Rush Limbaugh - radio host, conservative firebrand and... children's book author of the year?

The Children’s Book Council and its Every Child a Reader program released on Thursday their author-of-the-year finalists for their annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards.

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Limbaugh is one of the four finalists, and his nomination has prompted outrage on social media, given the host’s often-incendiary nature.

Limbaugh's book is titled, "Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans" – a time-traveling tale of colonial America and the latest of two books in the "Rush Revere Series" published last year by Simon & Schuster.

Limbaugh, an outspoken figure in the political world, often expresses controversial sentiments on his radio program. Recently, Limbaugh blasted Pope Francis' economic views as "pure Marxism," and, in 2012, he called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and "prostitute" for her support of women's access to birth control.

The Children’s Book Council issued a public letter, posted to its website and Facebook page, defending its finalist selection process following the uproar online and insisting that the author of the year finalists "are determined solely based on titles’ performances on the bestseller lists."

"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 organization said in the letter.

The CBC letter goes on to say the kids, who will start voting next week, ultimately decide which author wins in each of the six categories, including best author. The letter goes on to assure that the organization has a procedure in place to protect against fraud and adult's voting in the contest.

"This program has never been about CBC or ECAR endorsing finalists," the letter says.

Limbaugh touted the apparent success of his book series on his radio program on Thursday.

"We just found out last night that on the New York Times Best-Seller List of March the 30th, ‘Rush Revere and the First Patriots’ will open at number one, and ‘Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims’ moves up to number four," said, according to a transcript of the audio.

Limbaugh’s book landed at the number-5 spot on the New York Times best seller’s list for the week of March 23.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

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  1. Jim

    "Limbaugh is one of the four finalists, and his nomination has prompted outrage on social media, given the host’s often-incendiary nature."

    The author of this piece has never listened to Limbaugh. If he had, he would realize that he himself is the incendiary one.

    March 21, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. 8411c

    Well, one thing this nomination did, above all others, is keep the paid Obama Cyberwarriors busy here, so the rest of us Americans can have adult conversations elsewhere.

    Funny how that works, huh?

    March 21, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. rheffero

    Wow, the hate from the left, well it is expected. Then the close minded fools who will not even read the book out of a sense of curiousity is all the more telling. We all get the Mr Limbaugh presents a view that is not everyone's, and does step over the line once in awhile, but lefty's like Maher, Sharpton, Maddow get a complete pass in their vitrol.

    If Bill Maher, king of hate speech were to write another book, the ignoramus on this site would flock like sheep to put on their coffee table.

    Read the book, or you are simply a hypocrite. I make sure to read both sides, as eventually you get to the truth.
    Note: Farrow won a lifetime achievement award for having a job for a month. According to the WH; Limbaugh is going on about 25 years ratings win, but any achievement ignored.


    March 21, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. bryan

    Good lord people its a kids book. Just because it is written by someone I cant stand does not mean it is a crappy book. My right wing mom bought this for my daughter and I was not thrilled about it, but I teach my child to think for her self and she likes it.
    Think for yourself people don't let your party think for you.

    March 21, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. JimmyMack

    If you tried listening to his show with the "open mind" you liberals claim to have, you might find that your preconceived ideas of the monster you think he is are wrong. And, you might learn something too. But you won't do that out of fear that listening to him might cause you to have to rethink your views on a lot of things because the truth is, YOU ARE WRONG ABOUT ALMOST EVERYTHING!

    March 21, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. srw

    WOW... have 2 great books for children that is praising the forefathers/building this country and because the far left don't like Limbaugh they are bashing good educational books. Guess they would rather the kids listen to rap with 4 letter words.

    March 21, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Dim Baugh

    Raise your kids on a dumbed down alternate history of the US.

    March 21, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. Big Rob

    Great book, my kids loved it. Every school in the country should have all cuildren read it mandantory.Great ! Great !

    March 21, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. Steve

    You can even present a story without slanting it to the left and smearing Limbaugh. You misrepresented the stories and the Pope and Sandra Fluke. Next you'll say that Palin said she can see Russia from her house. I quit watching CNN during the Clinton administration. No need to return to watching.

    March 21, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. jakester

    I bought my kids Rush's first book and they loved it. Buying the second one is a given. The kids are excited. Finally, they have something they look forward to more than video games and TV. It's refreshing that someone has finally produced a book that give accurate historical lessons about the founding of our great country. Limbaugh should be praised for his efforts. I was never a fan of the man, but I certainly am now as are my children. God Bless him.

    March 21, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  11. Paul Revere

    Excellent book Rush. Great job. Congratulations to a great American.

    March 21, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Steve

    Oops, I meant "You CAN'T even present....."

    March 21, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. me

    Children reading patriotic books about how great America is makes liberals very mad. Good job Rush!

    March 21, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. PHinMiami

    A High School education, childless (there's a good thing), malignantly prejudicial, writes a 'Children's Book'???

    Sounds like a joke in and of itself but, . . . his minions go nuts!

    March 21, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  15. billmelater1

    I see the rabbit liberals are out in force. It is too bad 99% of them have NEVER listen to Rush only read about him from the other rabbit liberal writers. But then that is what I would expect for low information liberals. I would bet NONE of you liberals have read his Children’s books. By the way lets see ANY of you write a Children’s book and see if it would even get to the top 10,000 on any list. Yea I did not think so. So go crawl back in you hole.

    March 21, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. Al

    You can tell the political leanings of a website by its commenters. Most of them can be ignored here. For all the good that Rush has done exposing the foibles of the left on his radio show, these books may be his greatest legacy. Maybe they will inspire the next generation to cherish America's founding values of freedom and liberty.

    March 21, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. Lizzie

    TONE, "My child will not read his book i do not care how good the book is racist have no place in my heart."
    But you ran out immediately and bought Pres.Obamas books, which where edited by Bill Ayers and sold as fiction.

    March 21, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. jakester

    God Bless Rush Limbaugh!! He makes the libs even crazier than they were..

    March 21, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. Mollie.H

    When the name calling starts,
    the commenter has already run out of substance.

    March 21, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. Owl Creek Observer

    Lefties are so amusing to watch. Like all good Americans, they demand freedom of speech, but recoil in horror when they disagree with the speaker. Thanks for this article, CNN; you got my day off to a great start!

    March 21, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  21. David Johnson

    In the "Brave New World" only those exceptable to the mighty Obama may write, speak or have thoughts for there or acceptable thoughts and those which we must not have.
    There are those not worthy of writing books and they shall be become nonpersons.

    March 21, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. drew

    I think Rush is a loathsome, self-serving creep ... but if he can write to kids, he can write to kids.

    March 21, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  23. Didi

    Everyone commenting that Sandra Fluke was demanding that taxpayers fund her birth control might want to do a little fact-checking: she was actually advocating that birth control be covered by health insurance plans, including the one she had PURCHASED.

    In other words, in your attempt to defend Limbaugh's misogynist hate speech, you are demonstrating that he's also a huge liar (and that his listeners are uninformed enough to believe him). Bravo.

    March 21, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. Silverbelle

    Read both of the books before giving them away as presents and they are excellent. Both are exciting, stimulate imagination and are beautiful to look at. The children who received them thoroughly enjoyed the stories as did their parents when they read them to their kids. Just like Sesame Street the books appeal to both kids and adults.

    March 21, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  25. ellid

    If Limbaugh wrote a single word of that book himself, I will be shocked.

    What a travesty.

    March 21, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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