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2021 School Summer Reading Lists

Looking for your school summer reading lists? We have lists for the following local schools:

You can find many of the summer reading titles here at the library in print, audio, or downloadable formats.

Lincoln Award Books

books Lincoln Award
The Lincoln Award is awarded annually to the author of the book voted as most outstanding by participating students in grades nine through twelve in Illinois. The library has copies of the current year's Lincoln books in the YA Spot. Check out the annotated bibliography of the 2022 nominees!

YALSA Award Books

books Alex Award
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002. Check out the annotated bibliography of the 2021 winners!
books Edwards Award
The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world. The Edwards award celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013. Check out the annotated bibliography of the 2021 winners!
books Morris Award
The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first given in 2009, honors a book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. The winner is announced annually at the ALA Youth Media Awards, with a shortlist of up to five titles named the first week of December. The award's namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. Check out the annotated bibliography of the 2021 winner and finalists!
books Nonfiction Award
YALSA's Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year. The winner is announced annually at the ALA Youth Media Awards, with a shortlist of up to five titles named the first week of December. Check out the annotated bibliography of the 2021 nominees!
books Odyssey Award
This annual award will be given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. The Odyssey Award is jointly given and administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of ALA, and is sponsored by Booklist. Check out the annotated bibliography of the 2020 nominees!
books Printz Award
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association. Check out the annotated bibliography of the 2021 winner and honor books!