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 Fox, the Hen, and the Drum
Maude Barrows Dutton
A fox hunts for his dinner.
The War of the Wall
Toni Cade Bambara
A woman comes to paint a mural on a wall that is used by the neighborhood kids.
Walking for My Life
Jennifer Owings Dewey
A narrator must walk through the desert after their car is damaged.
A young woman must deal with unkind and spiteful treatment from her two older sisters.
The Legend of the Dipper
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
A little girl hurries to bring a dipper full of water to her mother.
Omer's Big Dive
Lucinda H. Kennaley
A boy goes on his first dive for pearls in the Arabian Gulf.
The Cave That Talked
Jyoti Singh Visvanath
A lion waits in a cave to eat a jackal.
Seeking a Hidden Hive
A small boy and his grandfather search for a beehive to collect the honey from inside.
Stop the Hungry Giant Fish
A hungry fish threatens to eat the Island of Guam.
The Kids’ Table
A boy doesn’t want to sit at the kids’ table for Thanksgiving.
Trail into Darkness
A boy gets lost while snowshoeing with his family.
Why the Sky Is Far Away
The sky once fed all people, but eventually moved far away.
We Have Been Friends Together
Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
A speaker discusses a conflict they are having with their friend.
Jared to the Rescue
Carole Duncan Buckman
A boy helps a classmate on the first day of second grade.
Mrs. Pringle’s dinner party is derailed when some guests are unable to attend at the last minute.
The Roof of Leaves
Donna L. Washington
A husband and wife have a fight and must act quickly to save their marriage.
Thank You, M'am
A young boy unsuccessfully tries to steal a woman’s purse.
Excerpt from Believing in Horses
A young girl and her horse get caught in a storm.