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.
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.
This informational article discusses the process of traveling to the American west as a pioneer during the 19th century.
Don't Hate on the Trait
This informational text explains how genes and the environment interact to make people the way they are.
The Life and Achievements of Thomas Edison
This informational text discusses the background and creations of famed American inventor Thomas Edison.
Valley Forge and the American Revolution
This informational text describes the circumstances that led to American success in the Revolutionary War.
The Selfish Giant
A selfish giant learns a powerful lesson about friendship and kindness.
Election Choices: 2008
This informational text details the election of President Barack Obama during the 2008 election.
The Third Wish
A man asks for three wishes after saving a swan that happens to be the King of the Forest.
Issues with the Articles of Confederation
An enthusiastic narrator explains the Articles of Confederation: the first constitution of the original thirteen states of the United States.
Jack and the Beanstalk
In this classic fairy tale, a poor young boy braves considerable danger to acquire a fortune.
In this informational text, the author shares several well-known stories about Abraham Lincoln.
“Today’s Telephone” explores the nature of the telephone and the circumstances surrounding its invention.