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 Lighthouse Lamp
Margaret E. Sangster
A family’s lighthouse is the only thing keeping sailors from crashing during a storm.
Excerpt from “Where Lovers Dream”
A woman runs into someone she used to know at a wedding.
Excerpt from Swann's Way
A narrator describes being on the verge of sleep.
A family comes to realize how much they use and depend on the technology of their futuristic home.
In this poem, the speaker proclaims the depth of their love.
All Summer in a Day
Margot’s beliefs are very different from those of her classmates on the planet Venus.
Dust of Snow
A speaker describes snow falling on them from a tree branch.
“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.
Two best friends become competitors when they must fight each other in a boxing match.
Excerpt from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A young boy feels out of place at his school.
In an Amber Dome
A speaker describes a moment they share with someone close to them, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Aurelia Dobre: World Champion Gymnast
A speaker describes Aurelia Dobre’s gymnastics routine.
A daughter comes home to visit her mother and sister with a new understanding of her identity.
The Night the Ghost Got In
A boy believes he hears a ghost in his house.