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.
Standing out in the Herd
A giraffe finds a new family after being taken in by humans.
Soaring “on the Wings of Wind”
Lois Miner Huey
Lois Miner Huey describes the day that Peter Carnes sent someone up in his hot air balloon.
A young woman must deal with unkind and spiteful treatment from her two older sisters.
What Is the International Space Station?
The International Space Station is a spacecraft that allows for humans to live in space.
Seeing Through Dorothea's Eyes
Sudipta Bardhan describes the life and work of the famous photographer, Dorothea Lange.
The Poppy Lady
Barbara Elizabeth Walsh
Barbara Elizabeth Walsh discusses how Moina Michael became known as the “Poppy Lady.”
Joseph O. Legaspi
In this poem, the speaker compares immigrants to amphibians.
Bringing Baby Home
A speaker describes bringing their baby home for the first time.
What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything?
A boy hopes to learn the cure of unhappiness from a beggar.
Art on an Egg
Mariam C. Orme
Mariam C. Orme describes the practice of painting eggs in Ukraine for celebration.
Marian Anderson was a popular African American singer who faced discrimination in the early 1900s.
The Water of Life
A king employs the services of a faithful servant to complete difficult tasks for him, hoping to win the affections of a beautiful princess.
The Bombing of Hiroshima
Jessica McBirney discusses the United States' decision to use an atomic bomb against Japan during World War II.
The Market Square Dog
A veterinarian helps a stray dog after he is injured.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
A walrus and a carpenter convince a group of young oysters to follow them.
Clash of Cultures: Two Worlds Collide
Herán Cortés was a Spanish explorer who conquered the Aztec empire.
A speaker describes their experiences in America as the child of immigrant parents.