Rush Limbaugh Wins Children’s Book Award
May 18, 2014
I’m not making this up, and I’m not being political.
Friday I was riding in my car and happened to turn on my car radio, something I seldom do. I went to AM and did a random search only to land on the Rush Limbaugh show.
I am not being political.
Rush was talking about a book, which was what drew my attention to the broadcast and caused me to linger.
It was his book.
A book written for middle-school kids about a teacher who journeys back in time.
Apparently a lot of people did. I just wasn’t one of them.
The reason Rush’s author career made the news, however, was that he won The Children’s Choice Book Awards as author of the year.
Here’s a link to the AP article as it appeared on U.S. News and World Report.
The Amazon product description of Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is succinct.
Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make American history come to life for the children of his listeners, so he created the character of a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans. In this book, he is transported back to the deck of the Mayflower.
Nominees for the award were picked the old-fashioned way, i.e., the books that sold the most copies made the cut.
However, children voted to select the winner, although adults could vote as well.
As you can imagine, Limbaugh’s nomination divided people along political lines. His selection as the winner sharpened this debate.
I think that’s a crying shame.
I am not a Rush fan, but I think people need to take the award for what it is.
It isn’t a bully pulpit for anyone. It’s a time to celebrate authors who devote their talents to writing for a young audience and bringing history to life for them.
That’s a good thing.
We need more of it and less political rock throwing.