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 Mysterious Dark Day
Lois Minder Huey
Lois Minder Huey discusses a day where the northeastern American colonies went dark during the American Revolution.
Life in a Totalitarian Country
This text describes the characteristics of totalitarian nations and provides examples.
Two ducks get married and celebrate with their friends.
After Hours in Kindergarten
A speaker describes art projects in the halls of their school during geography week.
Queen Esther and Me
Amalia Hoffman describes the origins and celebration of the Jewish holiday Purim.
A young mongoose faces two cobras to protect the people who are important to him.
The Brothers Grimm
A young woman makes a deal with a mysterious creature when she must spin straw into gold.
Union wins a victory at Port Royal Sound, South Carolina
The Union experiences one of its early victories against the South in the Battle of Port Royal during the Civil War.
Diving for Treasure
A speaker describes a diver’s exploration of the ocean.
A Cobra in the Garden
Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
A woman who lived in Borneo shared her experiences observing a cobra who lived in her garden.
What Are Clouds?
Clouds on our planet have an important impact on the weather and provide valuable information to scientists.
The Days Have Names
A speaker considers why some things are named, while others go nameless.
What Is Earth?
Earth’s makeup and movements affect life on the planet.
The Talking Skull
Donna L. Washington
In this fable, a man finds a talking skull and wishes to show his village.
The Roof of Leaves
Donna L. Washington
A husband and wife have a fight and must act quickly to save their marriage.
Sylvia Earle: Deep Ocean Explorer
A speaker describes Sylvia Earle, a famous ocean explorer.
The Scientific Method
Barrett Smith outlines the steps and significance of the scientific method.
Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist
A speaker describes Joan Benoit’s win at the first-ever women’s marathon held at the Olympic Games.
Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author
Barrett Smith discusses the 13-year-old activist and her campaign to collect books with black girls as the main characters.