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.
The Lion and the Mouse
A classic fable in which a tiny mouse proves to a powerful lion that she is greater than she seems.
The Fisherman and His Wife
The Brothers Grimm
A fisherman catches a magical flounder, who grants every wish demanded by the fisherman's wife - until it becomes too much.
The Story of The Lazy Boy: A Kachari Folktale
Compiled by Rev. Sidney Endle
A boy misses his opportunity to plant during planting season.
Tiny Plastic, Big Problem
Alison Pearce Stevens
Much of the plastic trash that humans throw away ends up in the ocean, where it causes major problems for underwater ecosystems.
A Teen and A Trolley Reveal Society's Dark Side
A high school senior's social science experiment reveals society's ugly hidden biases.
Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl
Malala Yousafzai still advocates for women's education after being shot in the head by the Taliban.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The classic fable of a sheep herder boy who lies and pays the price.
Learning to Read
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
An African American child in 1872 describes what it was like to be discouraged from learning how to read.
The Worst Sin
On Judgment Day, God must evaluate the sins of multiple men, including one who showed complete indifference to the wrongdoing all around him.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
In this playful poem, Silverstein uses an extended metaphor to capture the beauty of a child's imagination.
Little Things Are Big
Jesús Colón recalls a time when he chose not to assist a white woman who needed help on the subway.
The House Dog and The Wolf
An adaptation of a classic fable in which a hungry wolf decides, "Lean freedom is better than fat slavery."
A Chinese-American girl feels embarrassed by her family during dinner.
The Donkey, the Fox, and the Lion
A fox chooses to betray his friend, the donkey, to save himself from the lion.
Two Finalists Vie To Be 'Master Chef Junior'
David Greene (Host)
'Master Chef Junior' finalists set a good example for adult counterparts in final competition.
In the 1970s, over a milion Americans went crazy for the pet rock trend.
Ronald Reagan on the Challenger Disaster
President Ronald Reagan
The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff.
The Fox and the Lion
A fox has never seen a lion before, but he is still terrified.