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.
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
Caged Warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Fake ID by Lamar Giles
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
October Mourning by Leslea Newman
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll