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.
Jupiter and His Mighty Company End the Golden Age
This myth is an account of the classic story of the battle between Jupiter, Saturn, and the Titans, retold in accessible language.
Sadie and Maud
Two sisters live very different lives because of the choices they have made.
The Golden Calf
This religious excerpt documents how, in Moses’s absence, the Israelites began to worship a golden idol instead of their God.
Dance Mama Dance
In this poem, the speaker discusses his mother and his wish to see her dance.
A family has a meal following the death of the speaker's father.
The Stolen Party
A young girl attends the birthday party of a friend whose family employs her mother.
In Flanders Fields
This famous short poem describes the painful losses on World War I battlefields.
A young man seeking lodging is taken in by a landlady who is not what she seems.
The Crow and the Pitcher
A thirsty crow is desperate for a drink of water.
At first glance, an egg seems simple to most, but it’s symbolic value lends to the analysis of our world.
The Ants and the Grasshopper
After playing music all summer long, a grasshopper asks some ants for help.
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
The speaker of the poem uses symbolism to explain the connection they feel between their ancestry and identity.
Columbus and the Egg
In this story, explorer Christopher Columbus teaches his critics a lesson about discovery.
Local Children's Reactions to 9-11 Tragedy
Young students discuss how their lives have been impacted by the events of September 11, 2001.
The Russian Revolution
The complex path leading to the Russian Revolution of 1917 is retraced, exploring the central conflict between social unrest and autocratic rule.
A young woman who has been mistreated by her step-mother and sisters learns the value of kindness.
French and Indian War
The French and Indian War (1754-1763) was a decisive conflict for the futures of the British and French empires, and it would prove to be an even greater force in shaping the destinies of North America and its native inhabitants.
President Obama’s National Address to America’s Schoolchildren
President Barack Obama
President Obama speaks to students at Wakefield High School about the importance of education.
President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
President Abraham Lincoln
President Lincoln discusses the Civil War and the future of the nation in his second inaugural address.