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.
Turn, Turn, My Wheel
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes watching a potter mold clay.
The Clock Man
A child is questioned about how much he would pay for more time.
The speaker of the poem reflects on the faith placed in science in the modern world.
Guy de Maupassant
A man bargains with a nurse about attending to his dying mother.
Presented in both English and Spanish, this poem describes the desire to be a weed rather than a flower.
Walking Down Park
A speaker reimagines the modern world as an idyllic wildlife landscape.
Years After the Funeral
A speaker describes an individual’s experiences with schizophrenia.
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
In this poem, a speaker describes losing a part of themselves.
The Treasure of Lemon Brown
Walter Dean Myers
A boy meets an old man who will protect his treasure at all costs.
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Gabriel García Márquez
In this short story, an old man with wings crashes into a family’s yard and is exploited by the family and townspeople.
J. Patrick Lewis
The poet assumes the voice of journalist and civil rights activist Helen Zia and explains how she uses words to share her perspective with others.
Depression, The Secret We Share
Andrew Solomon describes his experiences with depression and what makes some people more resilient in overcoming it.
Mother and Daughter
A girl’s mother doesn’t have enough money to buy her a new dress for a school dance.
In this poem inspired by “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, the speaker describes concealing their identity.
David's Old Soul
Inspired by Langston Hughes’s poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” this poem’s young speaker reflects on growing up.