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.
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.
Pigs is Pigs
Ellis Parker Butler
An argument over the definition of “guinea pigs” leads to unanticipated and avoidable problems.
The Many and the Few
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes Rosa Parks’s refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery.
Mother and Daughter
A girl’s mother doesn’t have enough money to buy her a new dress for a school dance.
The Little Match Girl
Hans Christian Andersen
A young girl, attempting to sell matches to support her family, dreams of warmth and family on a cold New Year’s Eve.
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.