CommonLit The Library
CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
Don't Hate on the Trait
This informational text explains how genes and the environment interact to make people the way they are.
The Life and Achievements of Thomas Edison
This informational text discusses the background and creations of famed American inventor Thomas Edison.
Valley Forge and the American Revolution
This informational text describes the circumstances that led to American success in the Revolutionary War.
The Selfish Giant
A selfish giant learns a powerful lesson about friendship and kindness.
Election Choices: 2008
This informational text details the election of President Barack Obama during the 2008 election.
The Third Wish
A man asks for three wishes after saving a swan that happens to be the King of the Forest.
Issues with the Articles of Confederation
An enthusiastic narrator explains the Articles of Confederation: the first constitution of the original thirteen states of the United States.
Jack and the Beanstalk
In this classic fairy tale, a poor young boy braves considerable danger to acquire a fortune.
In this informational text, the author shares several well-known stories about Abraham Lincoln.
“Today’s Telephone” explores the nature of the telephone and the circumstances surrounding its invention.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Changing America
This informational text outlines Dr. King’s accomplishments and leadership in America.
The Three Little Pigs
In this classic fable, three pigs each attempt to build houses that will protect them from the wicked schemes of a hungry wolf.
The House Falls Apart
This informational text compares the fall of the Roman Empire to the destruction of a house with neglectful owners.
A Lonely Planet Ponders
John P. Curtin
A planet narrates his role in the universe, governed by the laws of nature.
A Kenyan Teen’s Discovery: Let There Be Lights To Save Lions
A resourceful teenager in Kenya is honored for his solution to the country’s lion problem.
George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver’s perseverance and scientific ability are discussed in this instructive text.
The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
This informational text explains how the bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama highlighted the racial tension that existed in America during the early 1960s.
Where Did I Come From?
The informational text discusses how and why children take on the genetic characteristics of their parents.
This informational text uses the story of a rice farmer and his son to explain Japan’s feudal past.