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.
Soccer Speaks Many Languages
Dianna Greers discusses why soccer is important to Innocent Ndayizeye, as a young refugee.
I'm the Library Lady
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes the books readers can find at the library.
Giving Thanks for Hanukkah
This text explains why Hanukkah doesn’t appear to fall on the same day every year and explores the qualities of different calendars.
From Slaves to Sharecroppers
After slavery was abolished, many former slaves returned to working in the fields as sharecroppers.
Into the Rapids
Bradford H. Robie
A boy falls into the river during a rafting trip.
What happened at Ball’s Bluff?
The Battle of Ball’s Bluff, an early battle of the Civil War, is examined.
A talented harpist is invited to play for the king of leprechauns.
The Smell of Rain
Jennifer Owings Dewey
A narrator describes being able to smell oncoming rain.
We Have Been Friends Together
Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
A speaker discusses a conflict they are having with their friend.
This informational text explains how teenage male elephants make the transition into adulthood.
Growing Trees for Kenya
Wangari Maathai developed a movement to restore the forests in Kenya by planting trees.
The Mysterious Dark Day
Lois Minder Huey
Lois Minder Huey discusses a day where the northeastern American colonies went dark during the American Revolution.
Life in a Totalitarian Country
This text describes the characteristics of totalitarian nations and provides examples.
Two ducks get married and celebrate with their friends.
After Hours in Kindergarten
A speaker describes art projects in the halls of their school during geography week.
Queen Esther and Me
Amalia Hoffman describes the origins and celebration of the Jewish holiday Purim.
A young mongoose faces two cobras to protect the people who are important to him.
The Brothers Grimm
A young woman makes a deal with a mysterious creature when she must spin straw into gold.
Union wins a victory at Port Royal Sound, South Carolina
The Union experiences one of its early victories against the South in the Battle of Port Royal during the Civil War.