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 Worst Birthday” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Tensions rise at home as a boy must suppress his magical abilities around his non-magical family, who has forgotten his birthday.
In an Amber Dome
A speaker describes a moment they share with someone close to them, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Most Valuable Player
Sarah Van Arsdale
A speaker describes what it would be like to have a trophy for softball.
Queens of the Spy World Whose Intrigues Sway the Fate of Nations
This article discusses the legendary women of the spy world and their contributions to the countries they served in wartime.
A daughter comes home to visit her mother and sister with a new understanding of her identity.
Turn, Turn, My Wheel
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes watching a potter mold clay.
That Evening Sun
Young Quentin wonders why Nancy, the black washerwoman, is afraid of her husband in this Southern Gothic story.
Here We Aren't, So Quickly
Jonathan Safran Foer
In this avant-garde short story, a man reflects on his life and his relationship with his family.
Years After the Funeral
A speaker describes an individual’s experiences with schizophrenia.
J. Patrick Lewis
Written from the perspective of James Chaney, this poem describes being kidnapped by the KKK during the Freedom Summer.
David's Old Soul
Inspired by Langston Hughes’s poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” this poem’s young speaker reflects on growing up.
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.
A Bird, came down the Walk
A speaker observes a bird on the path in front of them.
The Drive-In Movies
A boy describes his desire to go to the drive-in movies.
On her birthday, a young girl is embarrassed when she is forced to wear a sweater that is not hers.