Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers’ Choice Award: 2019 Master List

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


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