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.
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.
Baseball: From pitch to hits
Stephen Orne discusses the science behind throwing and hitting a baseball.
Take A Look at Roman Art
Julia Troche discusses sculptures of Augustus, the first emperor of Rome.
How did Greeks and Romans Write?
Angela Murock Hussein
Angela Murock Hussein discusses writing during ancient Greek and Roman times.
Athens vs. Rome
Chaddie Kruger discusses Athens’ and Rome’s shift to democracy.
The Golden Age of Athens
Collomia Charles describes the Golden Age of ancient Athens.
Can DNA Editing Save Endangered Species?
Kathiann Kowalski discusses how DNA editing could help save endangered species.
Going, Going, Gone!
Xyza: News for Kids
Famous street artist Banksy made it so his painting destroyed itself at auction.