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.
The Water of Life
A king employs the services of a faithful servant to complete difficult tasks for him, hoping to win the affections of a beautiful princess.
The Bombing of Hiroshima
Jessica McBirney discusses the United States' decision to use an atomic bomb against Japan during World War II.
The Market Square Dog
A veterinarian helps a stray dog after he is injured.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
A walrus and a carpenter convince a group of young oysters to follow them.
Clash of Cultures: Two Worlds Collide
Herán Cortés was a Spanish explorer who conquered the Aztec empire.
A speaker describes their experiences in America as the child of immigrant parents.
Move to the Beat
A musician from West Africa teaches students about music.
Soccer Speaks Many Languages
Dianna Greers discusses why soccer is important to Innocent Ndayizeye, as a young refugee.
I'm the Library Lady
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes the books readers can find at the library.
Giving Thanks for Hanukkah
This text explains why Hanukkah doesn’t appear to fall on the same day every year and explores the qualities of different calendars.
From Slaves to Sharecroppers
After slavery was abolished, many former slaves returned to working in the fields as sharecroppers.
Into the Rapids
Bradford H. Robie
A boy falls into the river during a rafting trip.
What happened at Ball’s Bluff?
The Battle of Ball’s Bluff, an early battle of the Civil War, is examined.
A talented harpist is invited to play for the king of leprechauns.
The Smell of Rain
Jennifer Owings Dewey
A narrator describes being able to smell oncoming rain.
We Have Been Friends Together
Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
A speaker discusses a conflict they are having with their friend.
This informational text explains how teenage male elephants make the transition into adulthood.
Growing Trees for Kenya
Wangari Maathai developed a movement to restore the forests in Kenya by planting trees.