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.
Most Valuable Player
Sarah Van Arsdale
A speaker describes what it would be like to have a trophy for softball.
To Fly Like the Hawk and the Eagle
Iris Whitney discusses her first ride in a glider, a plane without an engine.
Play, Play Again
Ellen Braaf discusses the benefits that animals experience from playing.
At Your Fingertips
Ruth Tenzer Feldman
Ruth Tenzer Feldman discusses the benefits of the National Weather Service.
Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy on Young People and International Service
John F. Kennedy
When he delivered this brief speech at University of Michigan in 1960, Kennedy shared his idea for the Peace Corps.
Aurelia Dobre: World Champion Gymnast
A speaker describes Aurelia Dobre’s gymnastics routine.
The Night the Ghost Got In
A boy believes he hears a ghost in his house.
Turn, Turn, My Wheel
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes watching a potter mold clay.
Jessica McBirney discusses the life of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most famous and most celebrated artists.
Yesees and Noees
A speaker describes three different types of people: the “Yesees”, the “Noees”, and the “Thinkforyourselfees”.
A speaker tells a grown up that he should try “growing down”.
Hans Christian Andersen
Born in the center of a tulip and stuck forever at her small size, Thumbelina faces many challenges because she is so different from others around her.
The Alaska Start III
Robert Groves conducts the 2010 United States Census in a village in Alaska.
A speaker describes their outside face and their ‘underface.’
Clues to Ancient Life
Rona Arato describes how different types of fossils are formed.
The Clock Man
A child is questioned about how much he would pay for more time.
Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push
Walter Dean Myers
A boy has an accident and must find a new way to accomplish a dream.
The Cotton Club
Jessica McBirney describes the whites-only club in Harlem that showcased talented African American entertainers.
Jessica McBirney describes the life and musical contributions of the famous trumpet player, Louis Armstrong.