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.
I Ask My Mother to Sing
In this poem, the narrator’s mother and grandmother sing about China.
To a Daughter Leaving Home
A mother watches her daughter ride away on a bike.
A Quick Note on Getting Better at Difficult Things
Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses how to get better at a new or difficult skill and shares his own experiences.
The Princess and the Pea
Hans Christian Andersen
In this traditional fairytale, a royal family finds a way to determine whether or not someone is a true princess.
Things That Show and Things That Don't
This informational text explains how genes have dominant and recessive alleles that make everyone look different from their parents.
A family has a meal following the death of the speaker's father.
Why Does No One Ever Thank Me for the Magna Carta?
King John reflects on why everyone should thank him for signing the Magna Carta and for the rights they gained from it.
Things Get More Complicated When You’re Older
This informational text explains how living things create different types of cells to do different types of work.
How Do I Look?
The text discusses the influences of nature and nurture on who a person becomes.
The Crow and the Pitcher
A thirsty crow is desperate for a drink of water.
Let's See What You're Made Of
This text explores the world of cells, explaining how multicellular and unicellular organisms are composed.
The First Flag
Betsy Ross’s fellow seamstress recounts her experiences helping Ross make the first flag of the United States.
The Ants and the Grasshopper
After playing music all summer long, a grasshopper asks some ants for help.
The Elves and the Shoemaker
In this classic, oft-retold story, a poor shoemaker received a fortuitous visit from a group of elves.
The Declaration of America’s Immense Offense
This new Declaration of Independence isn’t so great, according to a loyal subject of Great Britain.
Columbus and the Egg
In this story, explorer Christopher Columbus teaches his critics a lesson about discovery.
The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story
A Native American author adds key information to the commonly told story of the first Thanksgiving.
The Underground Railroad
This informational text provides a brief overview on the history and the impact of the Underground Railroad.