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 boy hopes to impress the new girl at school by beating her at a game of racquetball.
A boy tries to impress a girl on the first day of seventh grade.
The Drive-In Movies
A boy describes his desire to go to the drive-in movies.
The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island
A woman was able to survive for 18 years after being left on an island by herself.
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
A speaker describes a flower that grew in an unlikely place.
John P. Curtin
The speaker reflects on how technology has evolved over time.
On her birthday, a young girl is embarrassed when she is forced to wear a sweater that is not hers.
Julia Alvarez discusses the multiple names she has been given over the years.
A boy takes a trip into the forest with his friends.
I Ask My Mother to Sing
In this poem, the narrator’s mother and grandmother sing about China.
To a Daughter Leaving Home
A mother watches her daughter ride away on a bike.
A Quick Note on Getting Better at Difficult Things
Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses how to get better at a new or difficult skill and shares his own experiences.
The Princess and the Pea
Hans Christian Andersen
In this traditional fairytale, a royal family finds a way to determine whether or not someone is a true princess.
Things That Show and Things That Don't
This informational text explains how genes have dominant and recessive alleles that make everyone look different from their parents.
A family has a meal following the death of the speaker's father.
Why Does No One Ever Thank Me for the Magna Carta?
King John reflects on why everyone should thank him for signing the Magna Carta and for the rights they gained from it.
Things Get More Complicated When You’re Older
This informational text explains how living things create different types of cells to do different types of work.
How Do I Look?
The text discusses the influences of nature and nurture on who a person becomes.