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.
King Midas is given the power to turn everything he touches into gold.
Excerpt from “The Trip of Le Horla”
Guy de Maupassant
In this excerpt from a short story, a narrator describes his travels in a flying balloon.
Shauna Singh Baldwin
A woman describes washing her husband’s turbans.
City of Specters
A woman in North Korea catches the attention of government officials when she uses curtains that aren’t sanctioned by the government to cover her windows.
With Liberty and Justice for All?
A fictitious slave of Thomas Jefferson describes her life in slavery in this short story.
A teenage girl decides not to join her family on vacation.
Ruth Spencer Johnson
A black girl in Montgomery, Alabama writes to her cousin about people’s refusal to use the bus as a form of protest.
The Four Dragons
Four dragons work to help people suffering from a drought.
A boy is required to take an intelligence exam by the government once he turns 12-years-old.
A Prayer for the Living
A narrator searches for their loved-ones among the dead, the result of a war and famine.
A boy tells his parents about the naughty actions of a classmate.
The Red Bow
A father is devastated when his daughter is killed by a diseased dog.
Excerpt from “The Overcoat”
In this excerpt from “The Overcoat,” a man attempts to work while his coworkers harass him.
God Sees the Truth, But Waits
Leo Tolstoy translated by Aylmer Maude
A man is sent to prison after he is convicted for a crime he didn’t commit.
Excerpt from Bleak House
In this excerpt from Bleak House, a man asks the narrator to pay his debt.
Excerpt from Song of the Lark
A young girl helps her aunt prepare for her roles in plays.
Welcome to the Underworld
Michael A. Signal
Hermes, messenger of the gods, gives a tour of the Underworld.
Excerpt from Heart of Darkness
A seaman imagines what it must have been like for the Romans who first came to England.