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.
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.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Changing America
This informational text outlines Dr. King’s accomplishments and leadership in America.
The Three Little Pigs
In this classic fable, three pigs each attempt to build houses that will protect them from the wicked schemes of a hungry wolf.
The House Falls Apart
This informational text compares the fall of the Roman Empire to the destruction of a house with neglectful owners.
A Lonely Planet Ponders
John P. Curtin
A planet narrates his role in the universe, governed by the laws of nature.
A Kenyan Teen’s Discovery: Let There Be Lights To Save Lions
A resourceful teenager in Kenya is honored for his solution to the country’s lion problem.
George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver’s perseverance and scientific ability are discussed in this instructive text.
The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
This informational text explains how the bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama highlighted the racial tension that existed in America during the early 1960s.
Where Did I Come From?
The informational text discusses how and why children take on the genetic characteristics of their parents.
This informational text uses the story of a rice farmer and his son to explain Japan’s feudal past.
Little Red Riding Hood
The Brothers Grimm
A little girl meets a dangerous wolf on her way to her grandmother’s house.
The Life of a U.S. Industrial Worker
This informational text asks students to imagine what it would be like to live as a worker during the U.S. Industrial Revolution.
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.
On Second Anniversary, Haiti Still Recovering from Earthquake
This informational text discusses the slow progress that has been made in Haiti in the years following the devastating earthquake that occurred there in 2010.
Strength in Numbers
This informational text discusses how different organisms are grouped together and contribute to the world.
The Frog and the Mouse
A frog betrays a mouse and finds himself in a bad situation because of it.
The Farmer and the Viper
A farmer finds a snake frozen in his field and decides to help it.