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 Little Red Hen
Florence White Williams
A hard-working Red Hen must balance being a mother to her chicks and planting wheat seeds, while three other lazy animals look on.
Sense and Sensibility, Chapters 1 and 2
A family sorts out the will of a recently deceased family member.
Excerpts from Three Sisters
The aristocratic Prózorov siblings struggle to find happiness in a rural Russian village.
A cashier describes three teenage girls who come into a grocery store in only their bathing suits during a more conservative time.
Sadie and Maud
Two sisters live very different lives because of the choices they have made.
The Stolen Party
A young girl attends the birthday party of a friend whose family employs her mother.
The Crow and the Pitcher
A thirsty crow is desperate for a drink of water.
The Ants and the Grasshopper
After playing music all summer long, a grasshopper asks some ants for help.
The Selfish Giant
A selfish giant learns a powerful lesson about friendship and kindness.
The Third Wish
A man asks for three wishes after saving a swan that happens to be the King of the Forest.
Jack and the Beanstalk
In this classic fairy tale, a poor young boy braves considerable danger to acquire a fortune.
A young woman who has been mistreated by her step-mother and sisters learns the value of kindness.
Stalin: A Brutal Legacy Uncovered
This informational text provides insight into the historical rise of Joseph Stalin, one of the most brutal tyrants in Soviet and world history.
Little Red Riding Hood
The Brothers Grimm
A little girl meets a dangerous wolf on her way to her grandmother’s house.
Woman Who Helped Anne Frank Dies at 100
Teri Schultz, National Public Radio
A radio show reflects on an interview with the amazing woman who helped hide Anne Frank’s family and eventually discovered her diary.
Excerpts from The Awakening
In these excerpts from The Awakening, a woman struggles with her place in the world, especially with the roles expected of her as a woman, a wife, and a mother.
Theseus and the Minotaur
A brave young Athenian prince vows to take on a monster who has been terrorizing the people of his city for years.
Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens
This text features an intro to the genre of Greek mythology and a story about how the city of Athens got its name.
The Faith Cure Man
Paul Laurence Dunbar
A poor mother refuses to give up on her ailing daughter, and turns to a spiritual healer when a doctor tells her there is nothing left to do.