CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 2nd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
Johnny Chuck Finds the Best Thing in the World
Thornton W. Burgess
A group of animals search for the best thing in the world.
Poem Resisting Arrest
A speaker describes a poem that questions its arrest.
Emancipation: A Life Fable
In this fable, an animal finds its cage left open and explores life in the wild.
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A speaker describes her feelings about her natural hair over the years.
The White Nights of Ramadan
A Muslim family celebrates Girgian in the middle of the month of Ramadan.
The Two Travelers
Maude Barrows Dutton
Two travelers must decide whether or not to complete a series of tasks for a reward.
A girl living in England during World War II is bullied by one of her classmates.
The Little Girl Who Would Not Work
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
A little girl would rather play all day than work.
A girl struggles to get her grandfather to see her as American.
Ain't I a Woman?
Sojourner Truth speaks on women's rights at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851.
A Sound of Thunder
A man travels back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
The Prophet Khizir
A poor man deceives a king in order to feed in family.
A narrator describes their mother’s life and past career as a trapeze performer.
Walking for My Life
Jennifer Owings Dewey
A narrator must walk through the desert after their car is damaged.
A young woman must deal with unkind and spiteful treatment from her two older sisters.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit doesn’t listen to his mother when she warns her children not to go in Mr. McGregor’s garden.
Naomi C. Rose
A boy learns what it means to have good and bad luck.