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.
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.
The Buddha and the Four Truths
Anne-Marie Reidy discusses the origins of the religion Buddhism.
Madoff Is Sentenced to 150 Years for Ponzi Scheme
Diana B. Henriques
In 2009, Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for defrauding thousands of investors and billions of dollars.
Just Say No!
Jennifer Barefoot discusses colonial women’s role in the American Revolution.
Origami — An Ancient Art
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski describes the ancient art of paper folding in Japan.
Mike Weinstein describes how colonists dumped tea from an English trade company into the Boston Harbor in 1773.
What is a Robonaut?
Robots may soon be working alongside astronauts in space.
Think journalism’s a tough field today? Try being a reporter in the Gilded Age
Randall S. Sumpter
Randall S. Sumpter discusses journalism practices during the late 19th century in America.
The US has become a nation of suburbs
Christopher Boone discusses the trend of suburban living in America.
Many U.S. Football players had brain disease, data show
Aimee Cunningham discusses the findings of a study that looks at football players’ brains after death.
Don’t Blame the Rats for Spreading the Black Death
Bethany Brookshire discusses new research on how the Black Death spread through Europe.
Explainer: What is dopamine?
Bethany Brookshire discusses the importance of dopamine, a chemical in the brain.
Why do volcanoes erupt?
Heather Handley discusses why volcanoes erupt.
Serena Williams' catsuit controversy evokes the battle over women wearing shorts
Deirdre Clemente discusses the attention that is paid to what women wear in sports.