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Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards Announced and Some Winners May Surprise You

Children's and Teen Book Awards announced

If you've been trying to stick your old Judy Blumes into the hands of your fourth-grader, or just don't get why they're not having the deep emotional connection you had to "The Giver," it's time to surrender — and get schooled in what the kids are really reading these days.

And trust us, not all of it is what you'd think.

The winners of the Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards were announced Wednesday night, at the seventh annual Children's Book Week Gala in New York ... and let's just say there were a few surprise names on the list. One notable stand-out? Rush Limbaugh nabbed the title of author of the year. (Yes, that Rush Limbaugh.) The controversial radio personality recently penned "Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans," and is apparently a big hit with the 12-and-under crowd.

In case you're now suspecting the whole thing was rigged, the winners of the Children's Awards are chosen by kids, who are allowed to vote online from a panel of finalists. Those finalists are first determined by the annual bestseller lists, but kids can enter additional finalists if they'd like. Schools are also allowed to submit kid votes from classroom ballot boxes. As for the Teen Awards, those are selected through a joint program with TeenReads.com.

"The idea was born out of the understanding that when kids are given a voice and agency in their reading choices, they tend to be a lot more excited about reading," said Nicole Deming of the Children's Book Council. As she told CNN, "It's so important to get those gateway titles to them that will lead to a lifelong investment in the written word."

The gala was hosted by celebrated author Kate DiCamillo (author of the much-loved "Because of Winn-Dixie"), in support of the nonprofit Every Child a Reader.

And now, for the full list of winners:

Book of the Year, Kindergarten-Second Grade

Winner: "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Finalists:

"Alphabet Trucks" by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke

"Chamelia and the New Kid" in Class by Ethan Long

"Mustache Baby" by Bridget Hoes, illustrated by Joy Ang

"Bear and Bee" by Sergio Ruzzier

Book of the Year, Third–Fourth Grade

Winner: "Bugs in My Hair!" by David Shannon

Finalists:

"Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball" by Charise Mericle Harper

"Cougar: A Cat With Many Names" by Stephen Person

"The Matchbox Diary" by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatouline

"Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale" by Duncan Tonatiuh

Book of the Year, Fifth–Sixth Grade

Winner: "National Geographic Kids Myths Busted!" by Emily Krieger, illustrated by Tom Nick Cocotos

Finalists:

"Hokey Pokey" by Jerry Spinelli

"Prince Puggly of Spud" by Robert Paul Weston

"Lawless: Book 1" by Jeffrey Salane

"Battling Boy" by Paul Pope

Book of the Year, Teens

Winner: "Allegiant" by Veronica Roth

Finalists:

"Clockwork Princess" by Cassandra Clare

"Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell

"Smoke" by Ellen Hopkins

"The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey

Illustrator of the Year

Winner: Grace Lee, "Sofia the First: The Floating Palace"

Finalists:

Victoria Kann, "Emeraldalicious"

Anna Dewdney, "Llama Llama and the Bully Goat"

James Dean, "Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus"

Oliver Jeffers, "The Day the Crayons Quit"

Author of the Year

Winner: Rush Limbaugh, "Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans"

Finalists:

Veronica Roth, "Allegiant"

Rachel Renee Russell, "Dork Diaries 6: Tales From a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker"

Rick Riordan, "The House of Hades"

Jeff Kinney, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck"

Are any of your kid's favorites on this list?

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