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.
Betsy James discusses what we can learn from rocks.
Dirty Air Can Harm Your Brain and Stress the Body
Lindsey Konkel describes the dangerous effects of air pollution on the body and mind.
Celina Seftas and the Standing Stone Creek crew
The Standing Stone Creek is a small stream in Pennsylvania that runs into the Susquehanna River.
Banksy and the tradition of destroying art
Banksy, the popular street artist, is not the first artist to destroy his own work.
What do you want (really, really want) out of your college education?
Richard Gunderman discusses what a college education can provide for students.
Is college worth it? Is this even the right question?
Josipa Roksa and Richard Arum
Josipa Roksa and Richard Arum discuss whether college is preparing graduates for life after school.
DNA Tells Tale of How Cats Conquered the World
Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey discusses how scientists are studying cats’ DNA to determine when and where they were tamed.
Will the 'right' college major get you a job?
Glenn Altschuler discusses how important the major you choose in college is to your success after college.
What the flu does to your body, and why it makes you feel so awful
Laura Haynes discusses the effects that the flu can have on the body.
College students with disabilities are too often excluded
Christa Bialka discusses the experiences of students with disabilities on campus.
Why is it fun to be frightened?
Margee Kerr explores why some people like to be afraid.
California Energy Commission
Electricity is an important source of energy which is created through the interaction of particles.
The author discusses what happens when something short circuits.
Will We Know Alien Life When We See It?
Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey discusses what life on other planets might look like.
Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice?
Paul Tullis discusses the Grosmaires’ journey forgiving and reconciling with the young man who murdered their daughter.
The Hermit Kingdom
Rachel Slivnick describes what we know about North Korea’s mysterious government and life in the country.
Betwixt & Between
Leslie Anderson Morales
Leslie Anderson Morales discusses African Americans’ experiences during the 1700s.
The Face of Immortality?
Many people believe that a small organism known as a hydra is immortal.
Emerald Ash Borer
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection describes the relatively recent appearance of a beetle in North America: the emerald ash borer.