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.
In this absurd comedy, a Russian official's nose mysteriously departs from his face and then parades about town.
Extracts from Adam's Diary
In this comical take on the biblical creation story, Twain writes from the perspective of Adam as he struggles to comprehend the new, perplexing world around him.
The Model Millionaire
A generous man's kindness toward a beggar yields more than expected.
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
Lord Arthur Savile receives an ill fortune and then struggles to fulfill this destiny so he may marry.
The Machine Stops
E. M. Forester
In this eerily prophetic science fiction story from 1909, E.M. Forster creates a world ruled by 'The Machine' in which isolated people are spoiled with convenience and starved of human interaction.
A man tells some children a dark, but realistic story in which being good does not pay off.
Our Deportment, or the Manners, Conduct, and Dress of Refined Society
John H. Young
The author describes the proper roles that men and women must occupy.
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Excerpts from Chapters 1 & 7
While he was enslaved, Frederick Douglass taught himself to read and write.
A Matter of Prejudice
Madame Carambeau, lover of all things French, is first disgusted by her American granddaughter but eventually softens up.
Excerpt from Pride and Prejudice
The snobbish Lady Catherine de Bourgh visits Elizabeth to insult her social position and convince her not to marry Darcy.
A man known only as "the boss" tortures a fly because he feels powerless about his son's death.
The Emperor's New Clothes
Hans Christian Andersen
A vain emperor commissions two swindlers to make him clothes and gets tricked parading naked in the streets.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
A man with a magic pipe is hired to rid a town of rats. He takes revenge when a greedy mayor won't pay.
In this symbolism-filled story, a young girl named Babette must wait patiently for the figs to ripen.
Excerpt from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Tom Sawyer starts the "Tom Sawyer Gang" and makes all his friends, including Huck, swear an oath.