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 Rescue of the Tin Woodman
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow meet the Tin Woodman.
Excerpt from Five Weeks in a Balloon
Three Englishmen travel across Africa in a hydrogen filled balloon in this excerpt from Jules Verne’s novel.
“The Worst Birthday” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Tensions rise at home as a boy must suppress his magical abilities around his non-magical family, who has forgotten his birthday.
Excerpt from Far From the Madding Crowd
A young woman captures attention of men at the market.
Zora Neale Hurston
A man has an affair with another man's wife and suffers the consequences.
Excerpt from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A young boy feels out of place at his school.
Queens of the Spy World Whose Intrigues Sway the Fate of Nations
This article discusses the legendary women of the spy world and their contributions to the countries they served in wartime.
A daughter comes home to visit her mother and sister with a new understanding of her identity.
That Evening Sun
Young Quentin wonders why Nancy, the black washerwoman, is afraid of her husband in this Southern Gothic story.
Hans Christian Andersen
Born in the center of a tulip and stuck forever at her small size, Thumbelina faces many challenges because she is so different from others around her.
Excerpt from Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist asks for more food in this excerpt from Charles Dickens’ classic.
Excerpts from Roughing It
Twain recounts his time looking for work in the West in this semi-autobiographical, comic travelogue.
Guy de Maupassant
A man bargains with a nurse about attending to his dying mother.
Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push
Walter Dean Myers
A boy has an accident and must find a new way to accomplish a dream.
Here We Aren't, So Quickly
Jonathan Safran Foer
In this avant-garde short story, a man reflects on his life and his relationship with his family.
Pigs is Pigs
Ellis Parker Butler
An argument over the definition of “guinea pigs” leads to unanticipated and avoidable problems.
The Treasure of Lemon Brown
Walter Dean Myers
A boy meets an old man who will protect his treasure at all costs.
Mother and Daughter
A girl’s mother doesn’t have enough money to buy her a new dress for a school dance.