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.
Once Upon a Time
A family in South Africa tries to protect their home from intruders and live happily ever after.
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
In this poem, a speaker describes losing a part of themselves.
The Little Match Girl
Hans Christian Andersen
A young girl, attempting to sell matches to support her family, dreams of warmth and family on a cold New Year’s Eve.
Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech
Elie Wiesel accepts the Nobel Peace Prize and discusses how the world can achieve peace in the future.
Letter from Birmingham Jail
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., outlines his nonviolence approach to addressing injustice while responding to criticism.
The Man of the Crowd
Edgar Allan Poe
An unnamed narrator spots a man in a crowd, and follows this mysterious man throughout the crowded streets of London.
The Masque of the Red Death
Edgar Allan Poe
Safe inside his home from a disease ravaging the country, Prince Prospero throws an extravagant party for his esteemed friends, only to receive an unexpected guest.
A Bird, came down the Walk
A speaker observes a bird on the path in front of them.
This poem explores the mystery of life after death through descriptions of the peaceful depths of the ocean.
In this poem, the speaker describes his life at sea and why he desires to return to it.
Burning a Book
This poem offers a reflection on the nature of censorship and the struggle between knowledge and ignorance.
Inspired by a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and told from the perspective of a pining stable boy, this poem offers insight into love.
World Below the Brine
In this poem, the speaker describes the world under the sea.
I Ask My Mother to Sing
In this poem, the narrator’s mother and grandmother sing about China.
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.
Jupiter and His Mighty Company End the Golden Age
This myth is an account of the classic story of the battle between Jupiter, Saturn, and the Titans, retold in accessible language.