Rush Limbaugh wins children's book author of the year award

Controversial American conservative pundit and broadcaster Rush Limbaugh has won the Children's Choice Book Award for Author of the Year.

Limbaugh, who has written several history books including a series aimed at children, received the award Wednesday night for his bestselling book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. The character of Rush Revere is a time-traveling adventurer that explores America's colonial history.

rush-revere.jpg"I love America," Limbaugh said, in accepting the prize. "I wish everybody did. I hope everybody will. 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 radio show host, known for his polarizing commentary, beat out some well-known children's book writers, including Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series), Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus series), Veronica Roth (Allegiant), and Rachel Renee Russell (Dork Diaries series).

While the finalists were selected based on book sales, Limbaugh won the award following an online vote by kids, according to the Associated Press. Limbaugh's inclusion in the shortlist prompted backlash from people believing the nomination to be politically based or for publicity.

The Children's Book Council is described as a "nonprofit trade associated of publishers," and was originally established in 1944 as the Association of Children's Book Editors.

- With files from the Associated Press