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