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.
Trail into Darkness
A boy gets lost while snowshoeing with his family.
Marjorie R. Sheffer
A fairy struggles to fix her broken wand.
Why the Sky Is Far Away
The sky once fed all people, but eventually moved far away.
A girl needs enough money to buy a special doll.
A girl wants to get even with her friend after she is treated unkindly.
Athena and the Dandelions
A Greek American girl and her family collect dandelions for dinner.
A talented harpist is invited to play for the king of leprechauns.
The Poetry Quilt
A Puritan girl is discouraged from writing poetry by her sister.
A brother and a sister visit their great-grandmother in a nursing home.
Walnuts and Watermelons
Mehded Maryam Sinclair
A boy wonders why small walnuts grow from big trees and large watermelons grow from small vines.
A young girl struggles to fight boredom and loneliness after moving to a new home.
Jared to the Rescue
Carole Duncan Buckman
A boy helps a classmate on the first day of second grade.
Earth Day Birthday
Jody Jenson Shaffer
A girl shares her birthday with Earth Day.
All Saints’ Day at Night
Linda Rae Apolzon
A boy visits a cemetery at night to celebrate All Saints Day.
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.
The Brothers Grimm
A jealous queen torments a beautiful young girl.
Mrs. Pringle’s dinner party is derailed when some guests are unable to attend at the last minute.
The Talking Skull
Donna L. Washington
In this fable, a man finds a talking skull and wishes to show his village.