Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers’ Choice Award: 2020 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.

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

The Female of the Species* by Mindy McGinnis

Hooper by Geoff Herbach

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Monday’s Not Coming* by Tiffany D. Jackson

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Only Child* by Rhiannon Navin

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Sadie by Courtney Summers

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Turtles All the Way Down* by John Green

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

*student reader selections

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