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.
A Matter of Taste
Jeanne Miller explains how humans taste different flavors.
Christine Fournier describes the different ways in which two farmers grow crops.
Adhesive from trees could make tape more eco-friendly
Tyler Berrigan discusses a new type of glue for tape that comes from trees.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo
The holiday of Cinco de Mayo is recognized as a celebration of culture for Mexican people around the world.
Let's Take a White House Tour
John Riley and Barbara Burt
John Riley and Barbara Burt take readers on a tour of the White House.
First Contact with Europeans
Stephen Currie discusses European explorers’ first contact with American Indians in 1513.
The Magical Transformation of Bread
Marcus Woo describes the chemistry of making bread.
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski interviews a Washington, D.C. city planner.
Chocolate from Children
Children in West Africa pick the cocoa beans that make chocolate.
Diana Childress discusses the impact enslaved Africans had on the Americas.
Working the Farms
Mike Weinstein discusses the migrant children who work on farms in the U.S.
Explainer: How CRISPR Works
Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey describes a gene editing tool: CRISPR.
What We Eat Is Who We Are
Prana Joy Mandoe
In this informational text, Prana Joy Mandoe discusses traditional Hawaiian foods.
No Plans? No Problem!
The story of how Benjamin Banneker saved the design of Washington, D.C.
Gene editing wiped out a population of mosquitoes in lab tests
Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey discusses changing mosquitoes’ genes.
Army Code Talkers
The United States Government
American Indians created complex codes using their native languages in order to aid the United States in WWI and WWII.
Falling through Earth might be a long and fruitless trip
Emily Conover discusses the possibility of someone falling through the center of Earth.
Scientists confirm ‘greenhouse’ effect of human’s CO2
Thomas Sumner discusses a study on the effects of CO2 emissions.
What’s What with the Rostra?
Sarah Linn discusses the places for public speaking in Ancient Rome.