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 Medicine Bag
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Martin’s grandpa comes to visit and brings a medicine bag that is to be passed down to him.
Valentine for Ernest Mann
Naomi Shihab Nye
A speaker describes finding inspiration for poetry from the world around them.
Mike visits his grandmother at a nursing home and has a startling discovery.
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.
Bringing Baby Home
A speaker describes bringing their baby home for the first time.
The Water of Life
A king employs the services of a faithful servant to complete difficult tasks for him, hoping to win the affections of a beautiful princess.
The Market Square Dog
A veterinarian helps a stray dog after he is injured.
The Icicle Symphony
A girl in Moscow doesn’t want to go outside with her uncle.
A speaker describes their experiences in America as the child of immigrant parents.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
The speaker describes a traveler’s tale about ancient ruins encountered in a desert.
I'm the Library Lady
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes the books readers can find at the library.
Akron at Night
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A speaker describes driving to Akron at night with their mother.
Into the Rapids
Bradford H. Robie
A boy falls into the river during a rafting trip.
The Smell of Rain
Jennifer Owings Dewey
A narrator describes being able to smell oncoming rain.
Poetry Means the World to Me
Tony Medina explores the importance of poetry to Langston Hughes.