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.
A Cobra in the Garden
Mahani Zubaidy Gunnell
A woman who lived in Borneo shared her experiences observing a cobra who lived in her garden.
What Are Clouds?
Clouds on our planet have an important impact on the weather and provide valuable information to scientists.
The Days Have Names
A speaker considers why some things are named, while others go nameless.
What Is Earth?
Earth’s makeup and movements affect life on the planet.
The Talking Skull
Donna L. Washington
In this fable, a man finds a talking skull and wishes to show his village.
The Roof of Leaves
Donna L. Washington
A husband and wife have a fight and must act quickly to save their marriage.
How Earthquakes Take Place
Jessica McBirney explains the causes and effects of earthquakes.
Sylvia Earle: Deep Ocean Explorer
A speaker describes Sylvia Earle, a famous ocean explorer.
The Scientific Method
Barrett Smith outlines the steps and significance of the scientific method.
Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist
A speaker describes Joan Benoit’s win at the first-ever women’s marathon held at the Olympic Games.
Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author
Barrett Smith discusses the 13-year-old activist and her campaign to collect books with black girls as the main characters.
East 149th Street (Symphony for a Black Girl)
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A young girl shares the experience of having her hair braided by her mother.
The Peace Corps Journey
Jennifer Borgen explains what the Peace Corps is and what volunteers can expect when they choose to work abroad.
A woman doesn’t understand the harm in spreading a rumor.
The Lighthouse Lamp
Margaret E. Sangster
A family’s lighthouse is the only thing keeping sailors from crashing during a storm.
Dust of Snow
A speaker describes snow falling on them from a tree branch.
“The Worst Birthday” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Tensions rise at home as a boy must suppress his magical abilities around his non-magical family, who has forgotten his birthday.
Father of All Forecasters
Charles Brusso discusses the man who developed the foundation of weather forecasting, Cleveland Abbe.