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.
Duck & Cover: School Drills During the Cold War
During the Cold War years, American schools held “Duck and Cover” drills to prepare for the chance of nuclear attack.
The Scholarship Jacket
Marta is a straight-A student who has earned a scholarship jacket, but her financial situation – and an unjust school leader – may prevent her from receiving her reward.
A clever man is unfairly tricked by three selfish rogues from his town and decides to give the three a taste of their own medicine.
A rousing poem celebrating Columbus’s perseverance even when success was far from certain.
Sometimes, History is Sadness
This piece explores the human impact of the tragic historical events of September 11, 2001.
Anger as Inspiration
Humanitarian and activist Sami Awad describes how he channels anger to create a commitment to peace.
The Wright Brothers: Air Pioneers
Two American brothers beat the odds, inventing and building the world's first successful airplane.
How Santa Claus Found the Poor-House
Two young boys living in a "poor-house" in Victorian England receive a Christmas gift like no other--a reward for the resilience and loyalty.
Outpouring of Support for France
In November 2015, 139 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a terrorist attack in France. This article highlights the global outpouring of support France received following the tragedy.
Woolly Mammoth Sparks Debate Over Cloning
Although woolly mammoths disappeared around 10,000 years ago, the discovery of a well-preserved carcass has sparked debate over whether or not extinct species should be brought back with modern technology.
Diary of a Teenage Refugee
A 16-year-old Syrian girl living as a refugee in Lebanon tells about her experiences fleeing her home and living in a camp.
How Boots Befooled the King
A king challenges the young men of his kingdom: he who is able to fool him shall have his daughter's hand in marriage.
Joan of Arc: France’s Young Tragic Hero
The story of how the young and courageous Joan of Arc led the French to victory against the English in the 1400s.
The Elephant's Child
An insatiably curious baby elephant goes on a journey to find the crocodile — an encounter that will change him forever.
I Am Offering This Poem
Jimmy Santiago Baca
With nothing else to offer, a speaker gives the gifts of poetry and love.
This short but profound poem deals with the idea of hiding one’s identity.
The Lion and the Mouse
A classic fable in which a tiny mouse proves to a powerful lion that she is greater than she seems.
The Fisherman and His Wife
The Brothers Grimm
A fisherman catches a magical flounder, who grants every wish demanded by the fisherman's wife - until it becomes too much.
The Story of The Lazy Boy: A Kachari Folktale
Compiled by Rev. Sidney Endle
A boy misses his opportunity to plant during planting season.