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.
Stop the Atlantic Express!
Kate Sharp and Sarvinder Naberhaus
On July 6, 1881, Kate Shelley warned people about a washed-out railroad track to prevent a train from crashing.
A Century of Blossoms
Patricia A. Miller
Patricia A. Miller discusses how cherry blossoms came to be planted in Washington, D.C.
A Rough and Rugged Road
Libby Wilson discusses the accomplishments of an important African American businesswoman, Maggie L. Walker.
What Good is the Big Bad Wolf?
Linda Zajac discusses the impact that wolves, and lack thereof, have on their habitat.
Free at Last: A Kurdish Family in America
Karen O’Connor describes talking to a Kurdish family about their experiences as refugees.
A Lifeline for Lions
Pamela S. Turner
In 1994, biologists were mystified by the unexpected deaths of lions in a wildlife park.
The Prophet Khizir
A poor man deceives a king in order to feed in family.
When Stars Explode
Ken Croswell, Ph.D
Ken Croswell discusses what happens when stars explode.
Stopping for Olympic Gold
Angie Kay Dilmore
Angie Kay Dilmore discusses John Woodruff's win at the 1936 Olympics in Germany.
Bowhead Whales with Talent!
Laura Lane discusses what scientists can learn from the songs of bowhead whales.
Dreams and Musical Feet
Daniel A. Kelin, II
Daniel A. Kelin, II discusses, S.B. Bhagyasree, a talented and young Bharata natyam dancer in India.
A Slick Little Robot
Harry T. Roman
Harry T. Roman discusses how and why he helped design the robot OTIS.
Farming in Space
Amy Hansen discusses how scientists are working to grow food in space.
Fastest Woman in the World
Pat Parker writes about Wilma Rudolph, the first woman to win three gold medals at one Olympics.
Heartbeat of Mother Earth
CR Willing McManis
CR Willing McManis describes what takes place during pow wows.
Victor Englebert describes a girl’s life living in the Sahara Desert with her family.
Voyage to Pluto
Ken Croswell, Ph.D
Ken Croswell discusses the New Horizons spacecraft's voyage to Pluto.
Two Famous Friends
Jean K. Potratz
Jean K. Potratz discusses the rocky friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
Standing out in the Herd
A giraffe finds a new family after being taken in by humans.