The Lincoln Award is given 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 nonfiction 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 and register today!
This program encourages teens to read for pleasure and to become lifelong readers. Named after former President Abraham Lincoln, an avid reader and noted author, the Lincoln Award is sponsored by ISLMA (Illinois School Library Media Association) and administered by the steering committee.
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders (also known as Gabe Johnson Takes Over) by Geoff Herbach
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal G. by Willow Wilson
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin