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.
Naomi Shihab Nye
A speaker comforts a woman by speaking with her in Arabic before a flight.
Queen Esther and Me
Amalia Hoffman describes the origins and celebration of the Jewish holiday Purim.
A speaker describes Humpty Dumpty’s attempts to find safety under a chicken.
A Cobra in the Garden
Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
A woman who lived in Borneo shared her experiences observing a cobra who lived in her garden.
The Snake's Advice
A snake gives advice to a distant ancestor of the human species.
“Frailty, Thy Name is Woman!”
In a soliloquy, Hamlet expresses his rage towards his mother due to recent choices she has made.
Excerpt from A Room of One’s Own
The speaker describes how the experiences of women pursuing the arts differ from those of men.
A speaker describes the experience of caring for someone close to her.
On How My Mother Sleeps
A speaker describes a memory of her mother sleeping.
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.
Excerpt from Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse
A horse named Black Beauty describes being saddled up by his master.
Excerpt from Frankenstein: The Creature’s Request
Victor Frankenstein’s creature confronts Frankenstein and demands that he listen to how he has suffered.
Puerto Rican Obituary
Five Puerto Ricans find that they were unable to fulfill their dreams in America.
Excerpt from “Where Lovers Dream”
A woman runs into someone she used to know at a wedding.
Excerpt from Swann's Way
A narrator describes being on the verge of sleep.
Will We ‘Fix’ The Weather? Yes. Should We Fix The Weather? Hmmm
A prominent journalist discusses the opinions of climate scientists about using technology to control the earth’s climate.