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 War of the Wall
Toni Cade Bambara
A woman comes to paint a mural on a wall that is used by the neighborhood kids.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit doesn’t listen to his mother when she warns her children not to go in Mr. McGregor’s garden.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
The speaker describes a traveler’s tale about ancient ruins encountered in a desert.
Why the Sky Is Far Away
The sky once fed all people, but eventually moved far away.
The Smell of Rain
Jennifer Owings Dewey
A narrator describes being able to smell oncoming rain.
Two ducks get married and celebrate with their friends.
After Hours in Kindergarten
A speaker describes art projects in the halls of their school during geography week.
Naomi Shihab Nye
A speaker comforts a woman by speaking with her in Arabic before a flight.
Sleeping with the Baby
A speaker describes their baby’s difficulty sleeping through the night.
The Brothers Grimm
A jealous queen torments a beautiful young girl.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Acceptance Speech
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. accepts the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist
A speaker describes Joan Benoit’s win at the first-ever women’s marathon held at the Olympic Games.
East 149th Street (Symphony for a Black Girl)
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A young girl shares the experience of having her hair braided by her mother.