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.
O Captain! My Captain!
A sailor grieves the loss of his captain, who dies before the completion of their journey.
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
The speaker of the poem uses symbolism to explain the connection they feel between their ancestry and identity.
Jack and the Beanstalk
In this classic fairy tale, a poor young boy braves considerable danger to acquire a fortune.
The Three Little Pigs
In this classic fable, three pigs each attempt to build houses that will protect them from the wicked schemes of a hungry wolf.
What Teachers Make
A teacher is criticized for his profession and pushes back in this powerful poem.
Winston Churchill’s ‘Never Give In’ Speech
Prime Minister Winston Churchill
In the midst of World War II, Winston Churchill rallies his audience by describing the United Kingdom’s resilient nature.
Little Red Riding Hood
The Brothers Grimm
A little girl meets a dangerous wolf on her way to her grandmother’s house.
First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Address to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women
First Lady Hillary Clinton
In this speech, First Lady Hillary Clinton tells the United Nations that women’s rights are human rights.
The Lady of Shalott
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
In this popular Lord Tennyson poem, the Lady of Shalott leaves her magic tower to pursue Sir Lancelot, but is followed by a tragic curse.
A rousing poem celebrating Columbus’s perseverance even when success was far from certain.
A husband and wife grieve differently about their deceased child.
In this classic Frost poem, a speaker questions the necessity of a dilapidated stone wall between his land and his neighbor's.
Why I Refuse to Say I 'Fight' My Disability
In this article, Hitselberger takes issue with the language sometimes used around the issue of dealing with one’s disability.
I Am Very Real
When a North Dakota school board burned copies of Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut responded with a letter.
The Elephant's Child
An insatiably curious baby elephant goes on a journey to find the crocodile — an encounter that will change him forever.
I Am Offering This Poem
Jimmy Santiago Baca
With nothing else to offer, a speaker gives the gifts of poetry and love.
The Fisherman and His Wife
The Brothers Grimm
A fisherman catches a magical flounder, who grants every wish demanded by the fisherman's wife - until it becomes too much.
Excerpt from 'On Drought Conditions'
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
FDR addresses the “Dust Bowl” problem of the 1930s — during which severe drought and erosion conditions led to a prolonged agricultural crisis.