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.
Women Who Spoke Up
America’s history is full of inspiring women.
From Africa to America
Eric Arnesen provides information about the slaves who were brought from Africa to America.
Let Them Speak
Richard J. Boles
Richard J. Boles shares accounts from slaves, traders, and observers connected to the Atlantic slave trade.
Francisco Menéndez: An Unsung Hero
Jane Landers describes the life and accomplishments of Francisco Menéndez, a West African man who was brought to the Americas as a slave.
Molecular scissors fix disease-causing flaw in human embryos
Tina Hesman Saey
Tina Hesman Saey discusses research on gene editing in human embryos.
Olympic ski racers use chemistry to enhance their performance
Eric Niiler discusses why skiers use wax on their skis.
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.
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.