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