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 Last Leaf
A young woman catches pneumonia and loses her will to live.
A Matter of Prejudice
Madame Carambeau, lover of all things French, is first disgusted by her American granddaughter but eventually softens up.
The Fox and the Lion
A fox has never seen a lion before, but he is still terrified.
Excerpt from Pride and Prejudice
The snobbish Lady Catherine de Bourgh visits Elizabeth to insult her social position and convince her not to marry Darcy.
A man known only as "the boss" tortures a fly because he feels powerless about his son's death.
Excerpt from Frankenstein: Chapter 16
In his monologue, the monster scolds the scientist for letting power cloud his judgment.
The Emperor's New Clothes
Hans Christian Andersen
A vain emperor commissions two swindlers to make him clothes and gets tricked parading naked in the streets.
The Goose with the Golden Egg
A man becomes greedily obsessed with a goose that lays golden eggs.
The Guilty Party
The tragedy of Liz, a girl overcome with jealousy and driven to violence.
Excerpts from Jane Eyre
The plain governess named Jane falls in love with her employer, the master of the house.
The Lion in Love
A lion gives up everything in order to marry a woodcutter's daughter.
Echo and Narcissus
Ovid, translated by Brookes More
The classic tale of Narcissus, who falls in love with his own reflection in the water.
Ovid, translated by Anthony S. Kline
Pygmalion is a scupltor who falls in love with a woman he carved from stone.
The Thief and His Mother
A mother praises her son for stealing, but this decision has dire consequences.
In this symbolism-filled story, a young girl named Babette must wait patiently for the figs to ripen.
The Bear and the Two Travelers
A traveler abandons his friend in the face of danger.
Excerpt from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Tom Sawyer starts the "Tom Sawyer Gang" and makes all his friends, including Huck, swear an oath.
After Twenty Years
After twenty years of silence, a policeman meets an old friend who is a wanted criminal in Chicago.
The Tell-Tale Heart
Edgar Allan Poe
A man is slowly driven mad by the sound of a beating heart under his floorboards.