The Abraham Lincoln Readers’ Choice Award winner is awarded to the book from that year’s master list that earns the highest number of student votes.
For a book to reach the master list, adult and young adult fiction and non-fiction titles must be nominated by teachers or librarians and vetted by the nominations committee. While the popularity of a particular title is important, the overall quality of the work is of primary importance. Each year, a panel of high school librarians, teachers, public librarians and students determines the final master list of twenty titles. Registered schools promote these books and students who have read four or more titles are eligible to vote. See the calendar for the award timeline.
This program is designed to encourage high school students to read for pleasure and to become lifelong readers. The award is named after former President Abraham Lincoln, an avid reader and noted author, is sponsored by ISLMA (Illinois School Library Media Association) and administered by the ALHSBA steering committee.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Boy21 by Matthew Quick
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
I Am the Weapon (formerly Boy Nobody) by Allen Zadoff
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
If You Could be Mine by Sara Farizan
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart