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.
A speaker describes how aging affects their grandfather.
The Human Seasons
A speaker compares the stages of life to the four seasons.
The Lighthouse Lamp
Margaret E. Sangster
A family’s lighthouse is the only thing keeping sailors from crashing during a storm.
Dust of Snow
A speaker describes snow falling on them from a tree branch.
Yesees and Noees
A speaker describes three different types of people: the “Yesees”, the “Noees”, and the “Thinkforyourselfees”.
A speaker tells a grown up that he should try “growing down”.
A speaker describes their outside face and their ‘underface.’
The Clock Man
A child is questioned about how much he would pay for more time.
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
In this poem, a speaker describes losing a part of themselves.
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
This carpe diem poem encourages readers to “gather ye rosebuds while ye may.”
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
In this poem, the speaker describes seeing a field of daffodils.
In this poem, the speaker describes his life at sea and why he desires to return to it.
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
A speaker describes a flower that grew in an unlikely place.
On the Death of Anne Brontë
In this poem, Charlotte Brontë discusses the death of her sister.
A Dream Within a Dream
Edgar Allan Poe
In this poem, Edgar Allan Poe ponders whether or not everything in life is simply an illusion.
In Flanders Fields
This famous short poem describes the painful losses on World War I battlefields.