Abraham Lincoln Readers’ Choice Award: 2018 Master List

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.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin

Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

March: Book One by John Lewis

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon

Out of Darkness by Ashley H. Perez

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

When We Collided by Emery Lord

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee



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