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.
James Weldon Johnson
"My heart be brave," writes James Weldon Johnson, the civil rights activist and NAACP leader.
Steve Jobs' Stanford University Commencement Speech
The late Steve Jobs discusses the challenges that ultimately shaped him into a successful entrepreneur.
The Gift of The Magi
A man and a woman sacrifice their most prized possessions to buy one another a Christmas gift.
The Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion
A fox chooses to betray his friend, the donkey, to save himself from the lion.
The Black Man's Burden
Reverend H.T. Johnson
A black clergyman wrote this poem in response to Rudyard Kipling's 1899 poem, "The White Man's Burden."
The Fox and the Lion
A fox has never seen a lion before, but he is still terrified.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
A man with a magic pipe is hired to rid a town of rats. He takes revenge when a greedy mayor won't pay.
The Goose with the Golden Egg
A man becomes greedily obsessed with a goose that lays golden eggs.
The Ant and the Dove
A dove helps out an ant, and the ant stings the foot of a man when the dove is in trouble.
The Lion in Love
A lion gives up everything in order to marry a woodcutter's daughter.
The Road Not Taken
A man reflects on being at a crossroads. How has his decision shaped his identity and life?
The Blind Men and the Elephant
John Godfrey Saxe
A famous retelling of an Indian parable that deals with perception and the subjective nature of truth.
The Thief and His Mother
A mother praises her son for stealing, but this decision has dire consequences.
Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College
The famous poem that coined the phrase, "Igorance is bliss; 'Tis folly to be wise."
The Bear and the Two Travelers
A traveler abandons his friend in the face of danger.