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.
A boy tries to impress a girl on the first day of seventh grade.
Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture
Malala Yousafzai receives the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy for education.
A Bird, came down the Walk
A speaker observes a bird on the path in front of them.
A family considers what will happen if they lose their house.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
In this poem, the speaker describes seeing a field of daffodils.
This poem explores the mystery of life after death through descriptions of the peaceful depths of the ocean.
Inspired by a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and told from the perspective of a pining stable boy, this poem offers insight into love.
On the Death of Anne Brontë
In this poem, Charlotte Brontë discusses the death of her sister.
Paul Laurence Dunbar
In this poem the speaker empathizes with the experiences of a caged bird, using vivid imagery to illustrate its oppression.
A Good Man is Hard to Find
A family’s vacation is interrupted when they meet some dangerous people.
In this poem, a speaker describes the happiness he finds in eating a summer peach.
In this Linda Pastan poem, the speaker uses a wide variety of figurative language to describe a snowstorm.
I Have a Dream
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, King discusses the status of African Americans and what he hopes to see in the future.
what love isn't
In this poem, Yrsa Daley-Ward explores characteristics of love not often discussed.
A cashier describes three teenage girls who come into a grocery store in only their bathing suits during a more conservative time.
(love song, with two goldfish)
The speaker describes a love story between two goldfish in a fish bowl.
Dance Mama Dance
In this poem, the speaker discusses his mother and his wish to see her dance.